As an explorer, I love coffee. As an explorer, I’m typically out and about – maybe hiking on a trail or camping out under the stars or even enjoying the comforts of a cabin in the mountains. As an explorer, one of the most difficult things for me to find was the solution to the problem of brewing a great cup of coffee on the go; after all, Starbucks isn’t everywhere and coffee machines require electricity and a big chunk of space.
While trying to find a solution, I stumbled upon the Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy. I liked it so much that every member of my family has now purchased one, and it’s the only way we at Exploreblog.net make a cup of coffee (unless we’re making Greek coffee, but that’s another story), whether we’re at home or in the great outdoors.
What is Primula Singe Serve Coffee Brew Buddy?
Quite simply, it’s a reusable pour over coffee filter. What that means is you place it over a cup, add ground coffee beans, pour water over the beans, wait a few minutes, and you’ve got a perfect cup of coffee.
How to Make a Cup of Coffee with the Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy
Step 1: Put a clean Brew Buddy over your coffee mug.
Step 2: Add ground coffee beans to the Brew Buddy. I like a pretty bold cup, so I use about three heaping spoons full. (My spoons are closer to a tablespoon than a teaspoon.) As far as the grind to use, it’s really up to you. Sometimes I purchase coffee that has already been ground for automatic drip machines, and it works just fine. I also grind my own. I have found that too fine a ground will result in some residue at the bottom of my cup of coffee, while too coarse a ground makes the process a bit trickier (it takes the water longer to flow through coarse grounds.)
Step 3: Add hot water to the ground coffee in the Brew Buddy. I have a Keurig, which I used to use…until I discover that I like the coffee made from my Brew Buddy better. Now, I use my Keurig as a glorified water heater. I heat the water, dispense it into a small metal pitcher (it’s actually the briki I use to make Greek coffee), and pour the water from the briki over the grounds in the Brew Buddy.
Step 4: Wait. OK, this is critical. How long you let the grounds inside the filter sit in the water (in the mug) will determine how flavorful your coffee is. Experiment until you get it right for you.
Step 5: Place the Brew Buddy (with wet grounds in it) someplace to dry. I use a mason jar. Why let the grounds dry? It makes the Brew Buddy easier to clean later.
Step 6: Enjoy your perfect cup of coffee.
Step 7. Empty the resulting clump of dry coffee grounds into a container to save for composting. Yes, you could discard the grounds into the trash, but why not save some space in a landfill and help out your garden at the same time? After you dump out the used grounds, wash the Brew Buddy with water, and it’s ready for another use.
Why I Love the Brew Buddy
It’s so portable! I can take it anywhere I can access hot water, and it’s ready to go. It’s flat and lightweight, making it ridiculously portable.
It’s re-usable. I’ve been using the same Brew Buddy for about a year. No paper filters to discard, no more K-cups for the landfill. I use the same Brew Buddy day after day.
It makes Great Coffee. I settled in on the Brew Buddy after my research revealed that using the pour over method makes a superior cup of coffee…and my experience confirms it. The Brew Buddy makes better coffee than my $150 Keurig.
Control over the process. Part of the reason my Brew Buddy gives me such a great cup of coffee is that it gives me control over the process. I get to decide how much to grind the beans, how much ground coffee to put in the filter, hopw much water to add to my cup, and how long to let the coffee “brew”. Most other methods I’ve tried take some of that control from me.
Price. We outfitted our entire Exploreblog.net family with Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddies (that’s 4 units) for about $25. Amazing!!!
If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a coffee lover this holiday season, or if you want to gift yourself the best way I’ve found to make coffee, pick up a Brew Buddy reusable coffee filter as soon as possible.