When I spotted the Pour Over Brew In The Bag Coffee Brewer at Trader Joe’s, I didn’t just pick up one to give it a try. I picked up a half dozen and took them straight home to make them. These handy little packets have all you need to brew up pour over-style coffee without any prep or mess. The waterproof packets are filled with ground coffee and have a built-in filtration system. All you need to do is pour hot water into the packet, let the coffee brew and then pour your freshly-brewed coffee into your mug.
The package is light and easy to handle. The top of the pour spout snaps off easily and the bag remains standing on its own while you pour in your water, so you don’t need to worry about holding it up. While the front of the bag is opaque, the back allows you to see how much liquid you’re pouring in without needing to have your hot water measured out in advance. The bag is designed so that you can hold it even while it is full of hot liquid, too. It is clearly ideal for travel, whether you’re going camping or staying at a hotel and want to bring your own beverage option with you, but it is just as handy for a quick pick-me-up at home.
I was impressed by how well the filter worked, since I didn’t end up with any grounds in any of my brews. The coffee itself was smooth, mild and nutty. It was very balanced with a hint of fruity acidity. As usual, I didn’t add any milk or sugar to my coffee, but you might want to up the strength from “medium” to “strong” if you like to add a lot to your coffee. I loved this little brewing system because it was fun to use, as well as effective. I hope that we’ll see some other coffee flavors in packets like these at TJs in the near future.