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The Collapsible Voyager Kettle Offers an On-the-Go Gooseneck


The collapsible Voyager kettle from Nomad Joe is expected to enter production later this year before shipments in 2020. The company is currently taking pre-orders on Kickstarter. All photos courtesy of Nomad Joe.

With summer travel season in full swing, a new company is aiming to fill a longstanding hole in the coffee lover’s portable brewing kit: A convenient, packable tool for precisely heating and pouring hot water onto coffee.

The solution, by the Denver-based startup brand Nomad Joe, is called the Voyager Kettle. The collapsible, digital, electric gooseneck kettle recently cruised by its $25,000 crowdfunding goal on its way into production.

Nomad Joe is banking on frustrations with the tradeoff that traveling coffee lovers face with existing solutions that are either compact but without a heat source, or heated but bulky and imprecise. The Voyager Kettle lets users set the temperature digitally. After use, its silicone upper half flattens and its handle and spout both fold down for easy packing.

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With its cord, base and kettle altogether, the product adds two pounds to any pack. Plugged into either a 110V or 220V power source, the company says the device currently brings 20 ounces of water up to 205°F in about four-and-a-half minutes, and can hold it there for half an hour. The final version of the Voyager is expected to weigh a few ounces less and should get water up to temp about a minute faster, in league with any other electric kettle with a 1,000-watt heating element.

The father/son team of Robert and Ryan Mack are guiding their debut product towards the market with the older generation’s 25 years of product design and manufacturing experience and the younger one’s background in professional sales and distribution. Together they are collaborating with Charlotte, North Carolina-based design and engineering firm Enventys Partners on some of the more technical details.

“[Enventys Partners] did the designs for the heater/base, but much of that is industry standard,” Ryan Mack told Daily Coffee News. “For our project, it was about designing everything in a way to fit in a smaller space and collapse down in a compact manner.”

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Mack said his R&D process included bringing initial designs around Denver-area coffee shops such as Corvus Coffee for informal feedback, which helped in refining or adding features like the real-time digital temperature display. Mack said discussions with industry professionals have continued through the prototyping process, particularly as he sees audiences for the device on both sides of the coffeehouse counter.

“The initial target audience was for working professionals [who] are staying in hotels frequently,” said Mack. “I had the idea when I was doing some traveling in my sales role, and struggled making the same quality cup I was used to at home. Since then, we have built the kettle with the professional coffee brewer in mind, hoping we could tap into the coffee professional field while also still serving the initial market.”

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Mack said the Voyager would also be an asset to people in RVs, Airbnb rentals or anywhere counter space is limited, as well as in any home where pourover may only be an occasional method of brewing. Backpackers and others dreaming of a lightweight, cord-free, rechargeable battery-powered solution will have to continue dreaming, though, as Mack said the technology for that kind of portability just isn’t there yet.

“I would love to make a rechargeable base for the kettle, and long-term this is something we will try to accomplish,” said Mack. “As it stands now, due to the amount of energy necessary to bring water to temp, based on current technology it is not very feasible. The battery would either need to be very large, it would take significantly longer to bring to temp, or a combination of both.”

Voyager Kettle Nomad Joe coffee

The retail price of the existing plug-in version of the Voyager Kettle is expected to land around $130. After the remaining two-plus weeks of its Kickstarter campaign, Nomad Joe will leverage Enventys Partners’ network of suppliers and manufacturers for production in Taiwan, aiming for initial Voyager Kettle deliveries in June 2020.




I’ve travelled for mamy years with a ragular full sized corded base/kettle at 1.7 litre capacity whenever I go. This, together with a tiny scale, 1.5 litre polucarbonate French press, tiny scale, and an antique Dutch box mill, and a container or two of coffee easily fit into my rolling carry on travel suitcase. Find water and a current bush, in ten minutes I’ve got coffee for at least four. Travelling in my vn, there is always a five gallon propane tank and an old two burner camp stove, onto which I can put an old time stainless whistling tea kettle, and now I need fifteen minutes cause the propane burners take longer than the plug in kettle. It will be a long time before I spend $130 on a tiny thing like this… about a third the capacity of my standard travel kit. And taking about the same time to heat the water.

Maybe some will want it… at that price….

Carlton McCrary

Hey, Tionico

Enjoyed your comments. As a view, I am a patent expert and have helped about 2000 inventors. Point is, marketing is the end of the road, and the starting line and the trip. I hope these guys get there as portability is great, as are inventors. Actually anything that aids us in avoiding Charbux (now notice that my invented term of years ago is adopted by many) is a good thing.
While preferring a press, and I don’t call it French nor do I correctly cooked fries (had to have some fun), my old lever press found years ago in a craft fair kindof deal, is my favorite. It is brass, copper, and has excessive capacity and capabilities, just have no idea where to find another.
What I do need, so if press not with me, is a source of quality coffee filter paper when needed, as those available are far too dense and clog with anything beyond cheap underground coffee.
Any info from anyone greatly appreciated.
BTW, I am patent pending on a coffee, and coffee of any kind has never been patented. You will no doubt highly value this one.

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