Review: Coffee on the Go with Stoked Stix

Coffee is an essential part of my morning routine. I'd like to think it's less about the caffeine, which I'm convinced I can't actually feel anymore, and more about the fact that it's a signal for the start of the day.

At home, I'll shower, boil water in our Hario goose neck kettle, grind whatever beans we have on hand that week, dump the grounds into a cone coffee filter nestled in our Melitta Ready Set Joe single cup brewer, and brew. If I know I'm at home most of the morning, I'll break out my Stanley Coffee System to make a larger batch, or pull out the Aeropress.

(Stoked Roasters founder Jax Koudelle says she loves to brew coffee with an Espro Press, a double filtered French press that serves up a super clean cup of coffee. And here I thought I knew every possible way to make coffee!)

When I'm camping or backpacking, coffee's just as important as it is at home. Packing equipment I'd use to brew coffee at home can work in some cases, but in others, I just can't manage the extra weight or extra stuff. And instant coffee is a good way to get by, but if you're interested in the easiest way to have good coffee on the go without sacrificing anything, Stoked Roasters has a solution.

Jax founded Stoked Roasters after spending most of her life, beginning at age 11, fostering a passion for coffee. The flavors, the community, and coffee's ability to serve as a perfect kickoff to the day or an afternoon pick-me-up inspired Jax to imagine what her own coffee business might look like one day. After learning the coffee industry, learning about small business management and entrepreneurship as well as marketing and all things retal, Jax started Stoked Roasters in 2014.

Stoked Stix are lightweight instant single-serving packets of coffee that can fit into any backpag, bag, purse, even in your pocket. They're made for adventurous folks on the go so wherever you go, you can have a delicious cup of joe.

For those who've tried single-serving coffee options, Stoked Stix will look familiar. But what Jax and the Stoked Roasters team believes sets these little packets apart from others available is the coffee itself, and how it's chosen. "Stoked Stix is 100% organic coffee," Jax. "We spent countless hours to choose the perfect origins for our roasts to create two distinct and delicious flavors for our customers to enjoy on the go." So it's not just any instant coffee.

But how does it taste? Overall, I've found instant single-serve packets can upset my stomach, and taste much too bitter. I tried both the medium and dark roast, and found the dark too bitter for me without 10-12oz water instead of the prescribed 8oz. I generally prefer lighter roasts, so that wasn't a surprise.

The medium roast was just about perfect. I added exactly 8oz. of water, stirred gently, and it tasted exactly the way I'd want a cup of coffee on the trail to taste.

I don't think any instant coffee will ever taste as fresh and wonderful as what I make at home with my various brewing methods, but as far as instant goes, Stoked Stix are great.

At the time of this review, a box of eight servings with first class shipping will cost you $1.68 per serving, which seems reasonable to me. It's competitive when compared to other single-serve coffee packets, unless you're looking at super discounted instant mixes. But it's worth it to me to spend more on something that's organic, thoughtfully created, and tastes more like what I'm used to at home.

Bottom line? If you love having coffee on the go, Stoked Stix are worth a try. And with the holidays coming up, they're a perfect stocking stuffer!

What's your favorite way to take coffee with you on your adventures? Are you willing to pack and carry everything you use at home, or are you more of a minimalist on the trail? Leave a comment!