The Pakt Coffee Kit: Design Details

 
 
Let’s get into the super nerdy design details, shall we?

 

Early prototypes of the kettle and dripper A few out of the many early prototypes of the kettle and the dripper

 

The Kettle

 The Pakt Coffee Kit Kettle

As the true coffee purists know, to make pour over coffee properly, you need the control of the pour from a gooseneck kettle. However, the gooseneck kettle is not exactly synonymous with traveling -- it’s bulky and has fragile parts. To solve this issue, we’ve invented a new type of dripless spout for our kettle that offers the same control over the strength and speed of the water flow, but in a compact, travel-friendly form. In fact, thanks to its cool-touch silicone outer layer, we think our compact handleless design gives you even more pouring precision.  



The Dripper

 The Pakt Coffee Kit pop-up pour over dripper 

Another bulky pour over necessity -- the dripper. The large diameter of most traditional drippers is too wide to fit into any self respecting traveler’s coffee kit, so we knew we had to design our own version. We tried many variations. Metal versions that packed flat were too rigid to pack into the rest of the kit and left too much dead space. Plastic versions that packed in multiple pieces were too complicated to assemble – especially before having your coffee! Also, we didn’t want any plastic tainting our cup of coffee. We settled on a stainless steel collapsible dripper that snaps into place for brewing, and collapses into half of its size for packing. To keep the kit as lean as possible, it nestles perfectly atop the kettle lid.

 

Our Design Partners In Crime

 Pakt and design partners Impel Studio 

We enlisted the help of our industrial design pals at Impel Studio. The guys at Impel have all the electrical manufacturing partnerships and know-how to complement our skills, and bonus, are very serious about their coffee.

 

Where Things Stand

 

The Pakt Coffee Kit in production 

We’re currently wrapping up the tooling phase of production. For anyone who isn’t familiar, this basically means that we’ve created and refined the molds that are necessary to create the first production order of our kit. A few weeks ago, Stephen from Impel went to Asia to work directly with the factories involved, and here is his report:

 

“I spent a week with our team in China reviewing and refining off-tool samples with the many factories helping to bring the coffee kit to life. Being on the ground helped us rapidly refine our kit, ensuring every detail is perfect. Working directly with the factories and people that will be manufacturing the coffee kit cut down on the typical elongated back-and-forth between time zones so that we can keep our manufacturing process on schedule.”

 

Coffee Kit Timeline

7 comments

sara @ pakt

@David: It was a tough call, but we decided to leave out the grinder as it drove up the cost and added weight for a feature that only a small percentage of users wanted. If you’d like to carry a light compact grinder to go along with the kit- we’d recommend a tried and true Porlex grinder.

@Marius: Yes, we will be shipping internationally!

Marius

I hope this product will be available for international shipping. Love from Norway!

Lisa Greenhalgh

As mentioned previously by myself, and I see others, would have loved to have seen a grinder incorporated, but you gave me valid and considered reasons as to why this wasn’t incorporated, so despite me still being a bit gutted by it’s omission, you’re forgiven, and I’m still totally excited by this product. Between this and the forthcoming backpack I’m going to be so skint!

David

Looks great, but where’s the grinder?

Hussain Dhanani

I cannot wait to pick up a few of these kits for the people I love!

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