by Lars H
While I was recently doing some research on instant coffees, I learned about Dripkit, which was coincidentally listed in some places as an instant coffee. Indeed, all you need is hot water and a cup to make it.
But Dripkit isn’t freeze dried coffee like a true instant coffees. It’s regular ground coffee that’s in a ready-to-go cardboard and paper pour over device that you rip open, unfold, and sit over your cup. Next, you pour hot water from a pot, tea kettle or gooseneck coffee kettle over the grounds and wait for it to make your coffee.
So it’s just as convenient as instant coffee except that it’s real, brewed coffee that you can take with you and quickly make anywhere you can get hot water and a coffee cup.
The variety pack box comes with 10 individual coffees from various roasters in medium and light and dark roasts, and there’s no telling which specific coffees you might get in the box. It’s really to give you an idea of all the different Dripkit options, or for people like me who like to try different coffees all the time.
I randomly chose a packet and got La Pacifica medium. I heated up my gooseneck kettle and got out a coffee cup.
The disposable paper pour over device inside the packet looks kind of like a tiny paper hat from a hamburger joint! See those words that say THIS SIDE UP? That’s actually very important. Once you tear off that top strip, all the ground coffee will just spill out if you tilt it or hold it upside down. I accidentally almost spilled mine, but only lost a tiny amount of coffee before I held it upright again.
The paper pour over device unfolds into a triangle and has a couple of notches, so you can easily set it steady on top of your coffee cup. Note that you need a standard diameter coffee cup. I tried it with a larger cup, and it couldn’t span the distance.
After you put the pour over paper device in place, you pour your hot water over the coffee grounds and it drips down into your cup. A pour over device makes 10 ounces of coffee. My cup holds right around that amount, so I didn’t bother to measure and just poured enough until I filled the cup.
As you can see, you get a nice, normal black coffee. Just as if you’d brewed a high end coffee in your Chemex or through a drip machine. The coffee was very good. I’m a fan of medium roast, and there was no bitterness. It had a little bit of fruitiness, with some chocolate notes. I drank it black at first, and then I added a tiny amount of cream to try it that way.
This was a much higher quality coffee than you’d get in your hotel room coffee maker, or from your mom’s Mr. Coffee Maker with Folgers, to give a couple of examples of when you might want to have these handy.
Unfortunately, there’s one big problem I have with Dripkit. It’s more expensive than going to a fancy coffee shop and having a barista make a drip coffee for you! Heck, it’s even more expensive than getting a latte or Americano at most shops.
The 10 pack costs $36. And then there’s another $6.40 cost to mail it to you.
Effectively, that meant that I am paying $4.24 for each coffee that I have to make myself. Not to mention that there’s quite a bit of packaging waste per coffee. (Although you could easily compost the paper and grounds part of the packaging.)
So for me, this would be a fancy coffee that I’d maybe take with me if I were traveling somewhere that I wouldn’t have easy access to a good coffee shop.
I give it high marks for beautiful packaging, ease of use, coffee quality and taste. But the cost is just too high for me to order this as a regular thing.