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Brumi To-Go Bottle Review: Make and Take Cold Brew Coffee Anywhere

Nothing ruins a travel day like gritty instant coffee, especially if you’re dashing out the door for an early-morning flight or enduring a subpar hotel breakfast buffet. Now, coffee addicts can take their favorite cold brew or hot coffee to-go with Brumi, a sleek thermos for making your pour over or cold brew wherever and whenever you need it. Forget waking up early to tinker with a coffee maker or hitting up a cafe.

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Brumi Pour Over and Cold Brew To-Go Bottle Review

Price and Where to Buy the Brumi: $37 on Food52.com

How the Brumi rates:

  • Usefulness: 9/10. The Brumi affords you the ability to efficiently make cold brew overnight, or hot coffee on-demand, and take it to go in the same container. Simply add water to your favorite medium-fine ground coffee (or make use of the hotel room’s). I use the Brumi for cold brew, which has a mellow taste that I can enjoy black if there’s no cream or sugar on hand. Add cold water to Brumi’s ground-filled filter, let it sit overnight in the fridge, and simply remove the filter to enjoy in the morning.
  • Value: 9/10. For $37, coffee lovers will find this bottle pays for itself, allowing you to forgo many cafe purchases of pricey cold brew. I even prefer it to the French press I previously used at home, which always left some murky grounds behind. Brumi’s stainless-steel filter and fitted cap ensure grounds don’t get through, so you can enjoy delicious coffee however you want it.
  • Portability: 10/10. The narrow glass bottle (three inches in diameter) fits easily into cup holders and backpack water-bottle sleeves, and it’s double-walled to prevent condensation. The Brumi comes with a convenient and removable cork sleeve for gripping, and is the perfect size for making a single cup of coffee—10 ounces, with two more to spare for ice and milk once the filter is removed.
  • Durability: 7/10. The cap of the bottle is certainly spill proof—I found it at times to be difficult to open. The bottle itself is make of borosilicate (read: heat-resistant) glass, which isn’t the best material for travel purposes if you’re clumsy, and makes it heavier than a standard plastic thermos.
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. Making and taking cold brew with you on your travels is as utilitarian as it is cool. I no longer have to worry about the quality of the coffee I’ll get, and know I’ll be happily fueled for the day.

Final Verdict: As long as I can bring the Brumi in my carry-on with a few scoops of coffee stashed inside, I’ll never drink instant coffee at a hotel again.

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By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider, blog.TripAdvisor.com, Boston.com, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC, People.com, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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