More hotels these days are installing fancy coffee machines that make espresso and other strong drinks, but I prefer cold brew and even instant coffee because it is not as strong. Recently, I began traveling with my own coffee to use in the room. When I discovered the Organic Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee pods, I was curious to try them out.

One thing that is cool is that you can easily travel with them as they are TSA-compliant and be carried through airport security. The pods are organic, sustainable coffee beans and have a built-in filter; you just place it over your cup and pour the hot water over the pod. Personally, I am not a fan of French Press coffee makers because grounds sometimes slip through, but that’s not an issue with these pods.

I really liked that I could use this on the plane by adding hot water, and you can avoid waiting in line in at coffee shops, which is the last thing you want to do after a long red-eye flight.

The first couple of cups I made were rather weak, but I don’t think I was doing it properly. It has to steep for enough time so that the coffee is both strong and flavorful. Everyone has their own taste preferences, but I found it to be perfectly strong for my own taste buds.

The same company sells ready-made cold brew coffee in various flavors, but I like the convenience of the pods. It is available for about $10 for a box of eight pods on the Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee website, which is far cheaper than what you would pay at Starbucks.

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