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The Short Version: A cup of coffee can signify the beginning of a new relationship, a new attitude, or new day, and now there’s a new way to bring single-serve coffee to every household. Steeped Coffee is a simple and practical solution for coffee lovers looking to get their fix at home — without sacrificing flavor or spending a fortune. Steeped Coffee uses eco-friendly nitro-sealed coffee bags and filters that are packed with robust flavors. This method doesn’t require a coffee maker or take a lot of time, so it’s a great way for couples to relax at home and try something new on their coffee dates.
It’s no secret that the last year has been rough on pretty much everyone. From social isolation to health scares to climate change, people from all walks of life are facing many unprecedented challenges in the world, so it’s important for them to find joy anywhere they can, even in something as small as a cup of coffee.
Steeped Coffee invites people to bring more flavor and less waste to their caffeine routine. This revolutionary way of making coffee requires only a mug, a steeping packet of coffee, and hot water. No clunky coffee makers. No wasteful plastic pods or capsules. You can heat, steep, and drink within a few minutes.
Before Steeped Coffee, your single-serve coffee options were limited to either getting an expensive coffee machine or making instant coffee. Steeped Coffee offers a less wasteful and more enjoyable way to make delicious coffee at home.
“We wanted to come up with something that solved the environmental issue and was more accessible to consumers and high-end roasters,” said Josh Wilbur, Founder and CEO of Steeped Coffee. “Our single-serving coffee method doesn’t require a machine or add plastic to the environment.”
Steeped Coffee started out focused on lowering the coffee industry’s environmental impact, but its unique steeping method has proven to bring a lot of flavor to the table as well.
In early 2017, Steeped Coffee made a splash with an initial investment of $250,000 and promises for a more sustainable coffee drinking future. Today, Steeped Coffee products have found their way to many local coffee shops, home kitchens, and workplaces. Couples can shake up their coffee dates or add a splash of convenience to their mornings by making Steeped Coffee for themselves.
Instead of going out to grab a cup of coffee, people can stay cozy at home, take out their Steeped Coffee packets, and enjoy luscious flavors in a more intimate environment.
Steeped Coffee has a lot of benefits to offer modern coffee drinkers. First of all, it’s incredibly easy. If you know how to boil water, then you know how to make steeped coffee. Another upside is it doesn’t take any expensive equipment or complex roasting knowledge. The coffee packets have been pre-measured and designed for a single serving.
One of the biggest upsides of Steeped Coffee is the lack of waste involved. You’re not making an entire pot of coffee just to drink one cup and pour the rest down the sink. You’re not going through a lot of plastic pods or to-go cups. Steeped Coffee has guilt-free packaging that steeps and filters the coffee using compostable materials.
Thanks to Steeped Coffee, couples can reclaim their counter space, skip long lines at the coffee shop, and make a single cup of coffee without waste. It’s an empowering experience that appeals to everyone from college students to working moms.
“Parents can actually make coffee while their kids are sleeping because there’s no noise associated with it,” Josh pointed out. “You just boil the water, let it steep, and you’re ready to go.”
The Steeped Coffee team has curated a product line to support coffee lovers at home. Its coffee gear includes mugs and kettles designed by quality companies. The EKG electric kettle comes with a temperature gauge that lets people be precise when heating up their water. Josh said the water should be between 205 and 208 degrees Fahrenheit to properly extract the flavor from the steeped coffee packets.
“The kettles are super convenient and super easy,” Josh said. “They’re also super stylish. This is something that’s going to contribute to your kitchen, and it’s minimalistic.”
Steeped Coffee also offers ceramic mugs that have been vacuum sealed on the inside so they hold heat longer than the average mug. That can make a big difference with steeped coffee because you have to let it sit and steep for a few minutes before drinking.
Couples can elevate their coffee experience with a starter kit to kick things off. The kits come with a kettle, two mugs, and a 30-pack of steeped coffee — basically, it’s everything coffee drinkers need to enjoy a quiet coffee date with a loved one. The kits include a varied lineup of light, dark, decaf, and French roasts worth exploring on your own or with a partner.
Steeped Coffee is a Santa Cruz startup that backs bold flavors and ethical trade. The single-serving packages give people the freedom to be a little experimental with their coffee dates. Rather than stick with one flavor, they can get The Lineup and sample a little bit of everything. This option is great for newcomers to the steeping process because they can get a taste for what they like best.
“It’s more than just coffee. It’s an experience,” Josh said. “You can take a sampling journey without leaving a trail of plastic behind you.”
From the beginning, Steeped Coffee has stood behind coffee drinkers of all types. The simple process is adaptable to just about any environment from dorm rooms to camping trips. The packages are small and portable, so they’re perfect for jetsetters, mountaineers, and truck drivers who want to travel light. Josh said he’s even heard of rock climbers taking Steeped Coffee up the face of a cliffside.
Home brewers aren’t the only ones excited about Steeped Coffee. The easy and low-cost method has been added to the menus of over 170 roasters throughout the country. Steeped Coffee’s partners range from longstanding mom-and-pop shops to trendy espresso bars.
In 2020, Steeped Coffee reacted to the coronavirus pandemic by mobilizing to help frontline healthcare workers by literally buying them a cup of coffee. The You Give, We Give gifted over 70,000 packs of fresh coffee to California hospitals. Steeped Coffee’s individual portions helped ensure hospital workers could stay energized and stay safe during difficult times.
Steeped Coffee is in business to make coffee breaks more convenient for everyone. Looking to the future, Josh said he’s excited to explore new flavors and create partnerships across industries. But, at the same time, he has his eyes on a larger goal to help the environment. Steeped Coffee is brewing a coffee revolution in support of a more sustainable and plastic-free way of life.
Every cup of coffee steeped at home is a step toward great environmental responsibility, and that’s something that fires up the Steeped Coffee team.
“Running a startup isn’t easy. It’s hard work. We’re a lean and mean team,” Josh said. “We see people really enjoying our product, and that’s all I can ask for in a job. We put in the work, and we are seeing the results, so that keeps us grinding, for sure.”
Steeped Coffee has raised the standards for at-home coffee and created a solution that is easy on the consumer and friendly to the environment. And it also happens to be delicious. Steeped Coffee’s single-cup method appeals to singles, couples, and families that are constantly on the go and are craving a hassle-free way to enjoy a cup of coffee.
If you’re looking for a socially distant coffee date, look no further than Steeped Coffee. This startup company has proven that it doesn’t take a lot of fancy equipment to extract warm and rich flavors with a potent caffeine kick. You can show that special someone that you care by staying at home and making a cup of coffee steeped with love.
“We’re still introducing this method to people and really trying to get it out there,” Josh said. “This is a thing that works. It’s sustainable, and it makes a great cup of coffee.”