Reviewed by Melody Floyde
I was really pleased to be asked to review the Brew It Stick from Barista and Co as it sounded like it could be ideal for my partner. He is an avid coffee drinker who completely frowns upon the idea of drinking instant coffee and spends a lot of time brewing up coffee in his stove top coffee pot. And as this sounded like it could be a great time-saving gadget, I was very keen for him to give it a try.
The Brew It Stick is a compact coffee and tea infuser that is designed to make it quick and easy to make a cup of fresh coffee without the need for cafetieres, stove top brewing pots, or any other coffee making contraptions. It would be ideal for taking to work to have fresh coffee at your desk, or even for holidays or trips out.
The Brew It Stick is an elegant but simple design. It consists of a nylon filter basket, which is filled with coffee, this then screws onto a long handle and is placed into a cup. Boiling water is poured through the Brew It stick and then the stick is twisted and stirred in the cup of hot water. The instructions suggested to do this for five seconds, but the more you twist the stronger the coffee will be. The coffee is then left to brew for about four minutes. Once happy with the strength of the coffee the stick is removed and placed into the drip pot which comes with the Brew It Stick, so it makes no mess.
We found the Brew It stick really easy to use. It was easy to fill up the basket with coffee and also to empty it afterwards. The Brew It Stick was very easy to wash up afterwards as well, and is also dishwasher safe. It is also fairly compact for easy storage when not being used.
As the Brew It Stick is only designed to make a medium bodied, lighter strength coffee my partner said that he preferred coffee made from his stove top coffee pot, as he likes his coffee really strong. However, we both felt it was a great idea and perfect for taking to work.
The Brew-It Stick recommends using coarsely ground coffee for the best results, however having tried it with several different types of coffee we found that it actually worked best with the more finely ground coffee that came with the Brew It Stick (which was also a lovely surprise) as this made a stronger cup of coffee, but did leave more residue in the cup.
The Brew It stick can also be used for loose leaf tea, unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough to try it out with tea before my partner got hold of it, and as the instructions recommended using a different filter for tea to avoid it being tainted with a coffee taste, I haven’t yet got to try it for my tea. I assume a spare filter can be purchased from the Barista and Co website.
I was sent a charcoal coloured Brew It Stick but it is also available in navy, teal, grey or pink which all look great. I think the Brew It Stick would make a lovely gift for any coffee or tea drinkers and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and easy way to make a good cup of coffee.
This product can be purchased from Barista and Co here.