New brewing techniques don not come out all too often. You can’t beat some of the classics, from a Moka Pot to a Chemex, but sometimes new is good—maybe even great. It takes a lot of time and attention to come up with a completely new way to brew coffee, especially when you want it to stand out from what is already on the market. Luckily, we have found a newer one that we think is worth paying attention to.
It is called Bripe, aka a Brewing Pipe. A Bripe can be described as a “portable outdoor coffeemaker” because it is one of the most accessible brewing techniques when you are doing just about anything, including camping in the woods. The creators are passionate about the product, which can be seen in their story and the details put into the Bripe.
Tim Panek and Craig Hall came together to create the Bripe Coffee Brew Pipe in 2015. Long before then, both men have spent years in industries that required a lot of passion and attention to detail. Tim moved to Costa Rica with his wife and four kids 20 years ago to do things like building a hostel to provide medical and cultural services. Craig lives in Canada running Equator Coffee Roasters with his Amber. They came together over common passions for adventure and service.
Together they recognized a gap in the coffee market for enjoying a coffee outside without too much of a hassle. Everyone who enjoys camping knows how hard it can be to get a good cup of coffee in the middle of the woods—possibly with a few broken French Presses to show for it. It took some prototypes and the IndieGoGo funding to get them to their final product, but once they had it…they had it.
Being that a Bripe is such a unique product, they have a detailed how-to on their website. Here’s a little summary:
Place the filter and add ground coffee. The small size of the Bripe helps ensure that you put the right amount.
Add water and stir.
Use the handheld torch to brew the coffee. The Bripe comes with a thermometer so that you can easily check the temperature. Be careful with the torch if you are unfamiliar with it, and especially if you are near wood.
Brew until it reaches a maximum of 185º Fahrenheit (85º Celsius). This should take 1-3 minutes. This is a great step because you can tailor the temperature to your preferences.
Let cool (to about 140º F) by setting it on the cooling plate.
Add milk and sugar if desired
Blow air in the stem to make bubbles.
Enjoy the fresh coffee through the straw on the pipe. Simple as that!
The entire process takes about 4-5 minutes total, making it not just completely portable but also very fast. Considering the small size of the Bripe, expect a small serving that still packs a punch. There is also the added ease of drinking it right from the Bripe itself; No need to waste or wash a cup!
Now the Bripe itself is a pocket brewing device, but all of the accessories won’t necessarily fit in your pocket as well. A Bripe comes in a pack with the following:
Being provided these items means that you are ready to use a Bripe the second you get it! They are all made of quality material and will work perfectly in a camping setting. Inventor and Co-founder Tim Panek even has a video of himself using it outside aside a waterfall—watch it here and try not to crave a hike with some coffee by the end.
Where to Get a Bripe
You won’t see a Bripe being sold as commonly as you would a French Press or drip coffee machine, but that shouldn’t stop you! Purchase one on their site here, but some stores carry them. Call your local coffee shops to see if they do bring them by chance. If those fall short, check out your local outdoor store. As a Bripe becomes more common, it’ll be easier to get your hands on one. Walmart has even started to carry them online!
Are you going to set out to get your hands on a Bripe before your next camping trip? Let us know in the comments!
Thank you for reading up on the pocket brewing pipe that is the Bripe. Spotlighting a product like this is a great way not just to support small businesses but to show appreciation for the creativity behind such a cool product! Another great option for more mobile, quick brewing is an AeroPress. Read up on how to use one with our AeroPress Brew Guide!
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