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On National Coffee Day, five great things about the Humble Cup

It’s National Coffee Day, and much like any other day, 100 million Americans will reach for a cup of coffee.

Coffee aficionados who make their own are likely particular about the way they prepare their coffee and if on trend probably use the pour-over method. But while, say, sitting at a desk at the office, who has access to freshly roasted beans, a grinder, a scale, paper filters and a Chemex dripper? (Much less the time to prepare a pour-over cup of coffee?)

Enter the Humble Cup. Here’s what’s great (maybe even mind-blowing) about it:

1) It's like an "instant" pour-over. The Humble Cup is a single serving of roasted ground coffee that comes in a filter and dripper in one (sort of like a tea bag with wings). Just open it, attach it to your coffee cup, add hot water a little at a time, and you have delicious coffee.

2) Highly portable. Packaged in a sturdy foil-lined paper packet, the Humble Cup is easy to toss into a bag or even a pocket. Take it with you anywhere, and as long as you have hot water, you have yourself a cup of fresh coffee. 

3) It’s a local product, made here in Los Angeles. While traveling through Asia, barista Leon Li came across a similar product, but the coffee it contained "was terrible," he says. So he teamed with local roaster Suits & Knives and created the Humble Cup, standing behind their own roasted coffee. 

4) It's good coffee. Li and Suits & Knives source a variety of beans, grinding and packaging the coffee themselves for each Humble Cup packet. 

5) Great design. It looks sort of like a tea bag with wings. Open the filter bag, pull open the tabs on the sides of the bag and hook them to the side of your coffee cup. It fits nicely, isn't at all precarious, nor is it messy. Once you're finished, toss it. 

All you need is hot water. 

Humble Cup is available in packs of five for $15, or 12 for $30, at local coffee shops such as Cafe Dulce and Barista Society in Los Angeles and Taza Coffee in Arcadia. 

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