Maybe it’s a longing to escape the great indoors or perhaps it is the impending Apocalypse, but something has left me wanting to gird my coffeemaking setup against a loss of electricity. Sure I love making my morning coffee in my giant glass Chemex, harnessing the pinpoint precision of a temperature variable electric kettle, weighing my beans on my fancy electric sale before grinding them through my electronic grinder, but when you need to pack light—either because you are on a multi-day hiking excursion or because you are on the run from a zombie hoard caused by a bad batch of COVID vaccines—these luxuries just aren’t tenable.
Created by GoSun—the makers of pretty much solar-powered everything from ovens to coolers, lights to chargers, even a solar-powered water purifier—the brand new GoSun Brew might just be one of the most compact, all-in-one portable brew devices to come out in a while. Yes, I am aware you don’t need power to make a French press, but where’s that hot water gonna come from, huh hotshot? That’s what I thought. May I continue now? Thank you.
Using solar power to charge a detached battery, the GoSun Brew can heat up 12 ounces of water in the insulated mug that then doubles as a French press. Per the Kickstarter, the battery, which can be charged via solar panel, power outlet, AC adaptor, or USB, also doubles as a flashlight and power station able to charge five different devices at one time.
With a little under four weeks left on the campaign, the GoSun Brew has already raised five times its $12,000 goal. But there are still all sorts of discounts available for new backers. If you are already a GoSun solar power user, you can pick up just the Brew mug for $89, a discount of $70 off the MSRP. If you just need the Brew mug and battery, there’s the $299 option. Or, if you are like me and need the entirety of the post-apocalyptic coffee kit, then there is the $419 option—a $340 discount off the $759 MSRP—that includes the Brew Mug, battery, solar panel, and carrying case. Backer rewards come with an expected fulfillment date of April 2021.
So if you are looking to go hi-tech with your lo-tech brewing, the GoSun Brew may just be your coffee maker of choice. For more information or to purchase your own, visit the GoSun Brew Kickstarter page.