The perfect cup of backcountry coffee may not exist, but GEO brings us a little bit closer.
GEO is a single-serve, disposable pourover filter containing freshly roasted (ground) artisan coffee from Little Red Wagon Coffee Roasters. It’s available in a variety of origins, and packaged in individual serving packs or in a resealable air-tight zip closure bag with either six or twelve pourover filters.
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Little Red Wagon is a craft roaster in Bozeman, Montana. They roast single-origin coffees in six-pound batches in a custom-built, tiny San Franciscan SF-6 roaster. Coffees are sourced seasonally, from farms around the world with whom they have developed personal relationships. The intimacy of knowing the entire process from farm to cup gives Little Red Wagon a level of authenticity – they know what they’re doing and the quality of the coffees they produce speaks for themselves.
Among lovers of coffee, it seems that French-pressed and pourover brewing methods yield brews that elicit the highest levels of satisfaction from their sippers. Both methods have been adapted to backcountry use, but suffer from a bit of fuss in managing both the ground coffee and the cleanup and disposal of the sludge from the brewing equipment.
GEO takes a different approach by sealing the grounds in a disposable pourover filter “cone”, which is in turn sealed into an airtight bag that holds one, six, or twelve servings. Each cone weighs just over half an ounce (20 to 21 grams, to be exact). The end result is a very clean, no-mess product that creates an outrageously good cup of coffee.
- Clean – no messy grounds to clean out of filter cones, mugs, etc.;
- Excellent flavor – fresh-roasted coffee in dated packs;
- Short cup disclaimer – the bottom of the pourover hangs about 1-2 inches below the hangers at the rim of your mug, so if you have a short cup, not all water will exit the pourover filter until you begin to pull it out of the cup; so to extract that last bit of brew, hold the pourover over the cup after your final pour.
- Wet grounds disposal – this isn’t a weakness of this particular product, but for any brewing method using coffee grounds; you have two options: (1) place the pourover in the sun to allow the grinds to dry, and then pack them out in their original packaging or a plastic zip bag dedicated to the waste; or (2) bury the grinds in a cathole or scatter them if it’s allowed and consistent with minimum impact camping regulations in your area.
Where to Buy
- Little Red Wagon Coffee Roasters (littleredwagoncoffee.com)