Review: Java Wand - The Single Serve Coffee French Press Glass Straw
We've spent over two weeks with the Java Wand. What is a Java Wand? For us, it's basically a mini-french press on the end of a large glass straw. You can take your Java Wand just about anywhere, as it comes with a travel case that holds the want and 2 tablespoons of coffee. We didn't travel that far with our Java Wand, but we did have some really amazing coffee using it.
The Java Wand is also not a single serve coffee maker per se, but it is a very nice alternative to making a cup of single serve coffee from a machine. The Java Wand is also very transformational in how it makes you sit back and relax a bit more with your coffee. So as you can see - we do like the Java Wand...but do we like the entire experience of drinking hot coffee through a glass straw?
The Java Wand comes packed in a tube you can use for storing
or taking the Java Wand places. The yellow end can hold
enough coffee for a large 12 oz cup of coffee.
Making A Cup of Java Wand Single Serve French Press Coffee
The Java Wand is a pretty ingenious little device. The morning we first used the Java Wand, we didn't think it would work, but we found out it does. You simply pick your favorite ground coffee or grind some whole bean coffee to a french press grind, and then pour hot water into the cup with the grounds. They recommend 2 tablespoons of coffee, and we agree this is the right amount.
You then slide the Java Wand into the cup and take a sip. We really thought this was where we were going to be wincing in pain from hot searing coffee, but it didn't happen. Instead the coffee was pretty darn smooth and good. You'll also want to stir up the brew a bit and make sure you have a good mix. The coffee was very "french press" in nature, and we were surprised how much we liked it.
The end of a Java Wand is a little filter like french press. The
filter keeps out the grounds and allows you to sip straight coffee.
Drinking Coffee with a Java Wand is Different
The big surprise is how different it is to drink coffee this way. We almost felt as if we were drinking coffee from a huka. Yes, that's right, we said a huka. You are really confronted with kicking back and enjoying the cup of Java Wand single serve coffee, instead of doing anything else. We also recommend a larger taller mug. A short mug won't hold the Java Wand single serve coffee french press glass straw very well.
A clear mug will show you what's happening in with your Java Wand brew.
After our first clear glass, we switched to opaque ones to not have to witness
the shear power of the fully operational Java Wand.
We received a bunch of different ground coffees from Justin at CoffeeGiant.com to try with our Java Wand. We tried the Caribou Blend from Caribou coffee and it was really smooth and good. Just for comparison, we brewed up a pot of coffee in our french press pot and the results were similar.
We enjoyed the Caribou Coffee with our Java Wand.
One thing we noticed, the longer the coffee stays in the cup and you continue to sip - it continues to change and get a bit stronger. Unlike a real french press where you can isolate the grinds to the bottom, a similar thing happens as the grounds go to the top and bottom of the cup, but as you move around the wand, the coffee grounds get stirred up, so they continue to mix changing the brew strength over time.
Also - clean up is a breeze with the Java Wand. You simply wash it out with a little hot water, remove the end and do the same and you're done. You can sit the pieces on a towel or in the dish rack to dry, or store them away in your Java Wand case.
This is one of those wild Single Serve Coffee moments when we can't believe how much we liked such a wild and weird device, but we do. The Java Wand is an excellent alternative to your everyday coffee experience, and an experience all it's own. We love the ability to sit back and sip a cup of single serve coffee from a french press glass straw. If you're looking for something truly new and exciting, pick up a Java Wand. The Java Wand is only $19.99 and well worth the investment.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 3, 2007 7:00 AM