Wil Claussen helped us bring the Pourigami™ — and a handful of other products — to life this year. He's been one of our most trusted, reliable, hardworking, and fun-loving photographers. One of our values at MiiR is "start with yes," and Wil embodies that and so much more. Outside of being a content creator, Wil spends his summers as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and calls a sailboat on Lake Washington "home." Needless to say, he's a remarkably interesting person that lives life with zest and seizes every opportunity he gets, filling them with adventures and activities he enjoys.
Wil was one of the first people to get his hands on the Pourigami™ this spring as we were gearing up to launch our Kickstarter campaign. It quickly became a foundational part to his morning ritual. Today, Wil invites us into his routine and shares how our new portable flat-pack pour over dripper complements his active and constantly mobile lifestyle. Enjoy!
There is a particular intensity that I seek in life. It lives somewhere between the “Huzzah!” and “I can’t believe I just did that” moments. It became increasingly apparent after uprooting my life in my home state of Colorado to move to Washington in 2016. Shortly after getting settled in, I was introduced to the Pacific Northwest surf scene by my friend Jackie; I’ll never forget that first day paddling out, and nothing could have taken the smile off of my face. The ocean is such a humbling force and it still blows my mind that we are able to be out there riding those waves.
One year later, that same hunger for intensity led me to my first season as a deckhand aboard a salmon boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska. For two months each summer, I live within arms reach of my three other crew members on a 30’ vessel as we fish under vividly pink sunsets at 2:00am as well as the harshest rain and swell I have ever been in. Pebble sized raindrops are blowing sideways, forcing you to firmly plant your feet to stay upright as waves crash against the side of the boat while you’re picking fish out of the net.
This is it -- what both surfing and commercial fishing have in common: the fleeting moment when you must hone your focus and perform. It’s addicting. I am telling you about these experiences because they are integral to my decision to live a minimalist lifestyle aboard my sailboat here in Seattle, Washington. After returning from Alaska in 2018, I began to notice how the little time I spent at home was either at my desk or my bed. Outside of sleeping in the back of my car in the mountains or on surf trips to the coast, I was paying a premium for my half of a two bedroom apartment where I was rarely present. There has to be a better way to do this, I thought.
Long story short, I remembered what it was like to live aboard a fishing vessel in Alaska. If I could do that, I could surely live aboard a sailboat on a lake. So I made it happen. Remember that “I can’t believe I just did that” reference I made earlier? Yeah, I had a big one when I got rid of nearly everything I owned, rented a storage unit strictly for outdoor gear and brought only clothes and blankets onto my newly purchased sailboat. (Her name is Tink, by the way). I am happy to say that I couldn’t be more thrilled about my tiny home on the water.
I think anyone who lives a minimalist lifestyle can relate to the idea that we don’t need a lot of things to be happy. I also think that even more people can relate when I say that coffee is an essential part of daily life. The MiiR Flagship store quickly became one of my go-to spots after moving to Washington and I have been using their products ever since. I was able to get my hands on the Pourigami™ early while shooting content for MiiR's Kickstarter campaign and have used it on a daily basis over the last few months. The Pourigami™ is the essence of how I perceive products made by MiiR: thoughtful, simplistic and functional design. It breaks down into a sleeve that is smaller than my wallet, but brews a proper cup of coffee. I use it on my boat, at the coast and even in the backcountry camping at alpine lakes. It has been an amazing compliment to my on-the-go lifestyle and I would highly recommend it to, well, just about anyone.