It looks like a tall travel mug. And well, it kind of is. Except, the Wacaco Pipamoka is also a full-fledged coffee brewer that allows you to make a delicious cup of coffee without the need for a proper kitchen appliance.
We know, it’s hardly the first travel coffee maker, with a number of products out there already allowing you to brew coffee on the road. This one, though, claims to produce a consistently clean and full-flavored cup every time, which should, at the very least, make it worth a close look.
The Wacaco Pipamoka consists of a travel mug, a water chamber insert that fits inside that mug, and a coffee basket with a reusable metal filter that goes inside the water chamber. To use, simply fill the basket with coffee grounds, drop it inside the chamber insert, fill the chamber with hot water, and place it into the mug. After that, twist the grooved ring (the orange one) on the mug’s opening in order to create vacuum pressure that will draw all the water down through the grounds. As the water drips out of the basket, it falls into the mug, collecting at the bottom and slowly pushing the water chamber back up. You’ll know the brewing is over once the water chamber has emptied and fully risen, a process they claim takes no more than two minutes.
It’s designed to brew 8 fl. oz. of coffee at a time, so you can enjoy a decent-sized serving anywhere you are, provided you have access to hot water, while the included coffee basket can fit around 3.5 tablespoons of coffee grounds, so you can make your coffee as strong or as light as you want it to be. The mug, by the way, can actually fit a little over 10 fl. oz. of beverage, so you can add milk or whatever else you want in the coffee without overfilling it.
The Wacaco Pipamoka has a mug cut in vacuum-insulated stainless steel, so as long as you keep the lid on, the coffee can retain reasonably hot temperatures for up to four hours. That means, you don’t have to drink the whole thing within the next few minutes, as it’s not going to cool down immediately like it normally does on a regular mug or cup. While designed for quickly making hot coffee, the outfit claims the travel brewer can also be used for making cold brew, although you have to steep the coffee for around one hour. Still, that sounds significantly than most other portable systems we’ve seen.
Because all the parts of the brewer can fit inside the mug, you’re able to keep a proper coffee-making tool while taking up very little space in your backpack or luggage. Dimensions are 2.9 x 7.2 inches (diameter x height) when the whole thing is collapsed, so as long as you can spare that in your pack, you should be good to go.
Slated to come out in February, the Wacaco Pipamoka is priced a $39.90.