If you’re looking for a coffee fix for campfire mornings, but you want to pack light, there’s a new product on the market that could be the most compact we’ve seen yet. And though the JoGo straw new to market, it’s actually a very old idea, just re-purposed into the world of coffee.
The JoGo straw, at its core, is a basic idea. Most coffee made from grinds needs some sort of filter, to keep the grinds out when you’re drinking (unless you’re drinking grinds-in cowboy coffee, or instant coffee). Whether you’re using a moka pot, drip filter, French press, whatever, you’re separating the grinds from the coffee itself.
If you’re using the JoGo straw, you dump coffee grinds into a cup, add your hot water, stir it all up, and then start drinking directly from the cup via the straw. Thanks to a mesh filter system on the end of the straw, you won’t end up with teeth full of grinds.
The JoGo’s creators say the filter won’t clog up while you’re drinking, and they also include a cleaning brush. The straw itself is made of stainless steel, with a BPA-free silicone mouthpiece so you don’t burn your lips.
Along with its compact size, the JoGo offers at least one advantage over other coffeemakers; the straw means you won’t burn your lips drinking from a metal cup. That in turn means you can cut a porcelain/plastic/whatever drinking vessel from your cooking kit, making things even more tidy. You can drink directly from the vessel you’ve used to heat the water, without waiting for it to cool down. This won’t be a big deal to a GS rider with gallons of space for gear, but for a stripped-down enduro biker, it’s important.
As the opening paragraph said, this sort of drinking straw is not a new idea; some ADVers may have seen a similar device called a bombilla, while traveling in South America. There, it’s used for a drink called mate, which is basically dried holly leaves soaked in hot water to make a sort of tea (see more here). Like the bombilla, the JoGo straw could also be used to drink tea made from loose leaves as well.
Right now, the JoGo straw is featured in a Kickstarter campaign. With less than a month to go in the campaign, the inventors have far surpassed their fundraising goals; expect the straws to go into production later this year, as a result. Pay $17 US, and you can reserve your own on Kickstarter. Or, you could keep drinking instant coffee, or lugging your Aeropress, or drinking cowboy coffee (we hear a sock will actually work as a filter, in a pinch …). Of course, this design might not suit everyone, as there are many individual coffee making preferences as there are drinkers, it seems, but at least it’s a very compact unit at a not-too-silly price. More details on GoJo here.