What is a Kompact Coffee Brewer?

Are you looking for a great travel coffee brewer? Then look no further than the Kompact Coffee Brewer by Cafflano. In spite of being a recent up and coming designer, Cafflano is still a trusted maker of coffee brewers. They have won over 13 coffee innovation awards since their start in 2013. (Psst… If you want a great pourover, check the Cafflano Klassic All-In-One Brewer.)

You deserve to have the best coffee always. When on holidays, don’t sacrifice the quality of your daily brew. That’s where travel coffee brewers come in handy. The Kompact even folds up into a convenient travel case. Throw it in your backpack and you’re ready to head out on adventures.

Maybe you are looking for a small brewer to keep in your desk drawer at work. If that’s the case the Kompact is perfect for you. All you need is access to hot water and your ground coffee, and you are good to go.

Coffee should be two things: simple and delicious. If your coffee is hard to make then you don’t have the right equipment. The Kompact makes great coffee anywhere. In a boat, with a goat, in the rain, in the dark, on a train, in a car, in a tree, in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse, here OR there. The Kompact makes great coffee anywhere.

What is a Kompact Coffee Brewer?

The Kompact Coffee Brewer is a cylindrical pour and press brewer. It is simple and easy to use. First, put your coffee grounds into the brewer with hot water, then let steep, and finally press over your cup. Drink and enjoy!
 
For the best Kompact brew, grind your coffee as coarse as you would for a French Press. At that point, the ground coffee should be the same size as kosher salt. (For more information on grind size check out our Definitive Guide to Coffee Grinders.)

How does a Kompact Coffee Brewer work?

The Kompact is an immersion style brewer with the pressure of an Aeropress. You add the coffee grounds and hot water to the bellows to steep. The grounds are completely surrounded by water during the steeping process. Once it’s reached the desired strength of brew, you press the top to the bottom over your cup to press the coffee out. The longer the water and coffee stay in the bellows, the stronger your brew will be. If you like the Aeropress, you’ll LOVE the Kompact.

Cafflano Kompact Coffee Maker parts

How Do I Use a Kompact Coffee Brewer?

These are a few of our favourite methods for brewing in the Kompact, but they are not the only methods. If you have found a recipe that you like for this brewer, let us know on social media. #CuppersAtHome We love learning new things, too!

Brewing Hot Kompact Coffee

1. Add your ground coffee to your Kompact. We recommend 1 tbsp. of ground coffee for every 4 oz. of water in your brew. (For more information on coffee proportions, check out Brewing the Best Cup of Coffee.)
 
2. Wet the coffee grounds evenly. Allow the grounds to bloom for 10-30 seconds. (Blooming is when the coffee grounds foam up as you add the hot water.) Blooming allows the gasses from roasting to completely escape.
 
3. Add the rest of your hot water and let steep for 4-5 minutes.
 
4. Screw on the metal filter cap to the brewer.
 
5. Compress the accordion-like brewer over your mug to release the coffee. Careful… the coffee will be hot!

Making Cold Brew Kompact Coffee

1. Add your ground coffee into the brewing chamber.
 
2. Fill your Kompact up with COLD water.
 
3. Attach the metal filter and the screw cap lid.
 
4. Place the Kompact in your fridge for 12-24 hours.
 
5. Squeeze the brewer to release the cold brewed coffee into a glass or mug. Add cold milk if you want an iced latte!

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I squeeze the Kompact?
Press your French press plunger down after 4-5 minutes.
 
How should I grind my coffee for a Kompact?
Grind your Kompact coffee as if you were using a French press. The grounds should be so coarse that they resemble sea salt.
 
Is a Kompact coffee better than drip coffee?
That is a matter of opinion. Kompact-brewed coffee tends to have a bolder taste to it due to it’s immersion style brewing and no paper filter.
 
Can you make espresso in a Kompact?
You can’t make espresso in a Kompact. For true espresso, you need a lot of water pressure. But you can brew an espresso roast coffee whatever way you please! Our San Francisco Espresso is amazing in a Kompact. For more information about espresso read up on The Zen Of Espresso.
 
Can you make cold brew in a Kompact?
100%, you can! Start with cold water rather than hot water. Then let your Kompact steep in the fridge for 12-24 hours before pressing the coffee out.
 
Can you make tea in a Kompact?
Yes, you can. Put the loose tea leaves and hot water into your Kompact. Next, let it steep for recommended time for that tea. When it’s ready, press your plunger down. Note: Due to flavour transferring, we don’t recommend using one Kompact for both coffee and tea. Is better to have a Kompact for each to keep each style of beverage. For more information on brewing tea check out our Beginner’s Guide To Luxury Teas.