Hi guys, so you can buy coffee in a bag? Like a tea bag? But coffee? As you can probably tell, this is all pretty new to me. When I got the email from Lyons coffee asking if I’d like to try some, I was way too curious to say no. For those of you who don’t know, I’m obsessed with coffee. I could drink it by the bucket. And I can be a coffee snob, I drink mine strong and black, so the quality of the bean is really important to me.
It’s funny, I’d never heard of coffee in a bag until I received that email, then in the next week or so, it started cropping up everywhere. I mentioned it to my mum and she said she’d had some at her hairdressers’ the week before. We went to visit some family and we were served coffee in a bag, the exact ones I was waiting to arrive in the post funnily enough. Clearly, I’ve been living under a rock and they’re way more popular than I thought.
How does it work?
So, the idea of coffee bags is that you get the flavour and freshness that you would with ground coffee but it’s obviously way more convenient.
You make them just like tea, put the bag in the cup and add boiling water, let it brew for a few minutes then you’re good to go. As I said, I like mine strong so I actually left my bag in my cup while I was drinking mine. I do this with teas too.
Tastes like fresh coffee?
I think saying it tastes exactly like freshly ground coffee is a bit of a stretch, these bags haven’t replaced my cafetière completely. But they certainly have some good uses.
Each bag comes individually wrapped so they stay as fresh as possible, which is great because there’s nothing more disgusting than stale coffee.
Of course, if you’re making a fresh pot of coffee, it needs time to brew before you plunge. These bags are certainly easier for on the go or making smaller amounts.
It’s far easier to make coffee in smaller portions this way. If you’re making coffee for one, these are ideal. And there’s less wastage, you don’t have to guess how much coffee or water you need etc.
Speaking of wastage, another major plus is that the bags are compostable so they’re environmentally friendly too!
They come in strengths 2, 3 and 4 so you should be able to find one that suits your preference. I got sent some 2 and 3 bags, the three left to brew for a few minutes in a keep cup tastes roughly like a 3 or 4 strength bean in freshly ground coffee.
I knew the 2 wouldn’t be to my taste to drink so I’m going to play around with these ones in baking and see what I can come up with. Read: some sort of coffee cake/ loaf coming soon.
While these bags haven’t replaced my morning pot of coffee, I think they’re ideal for certain situations. Making a single cup of coffee for one person, perfect. Keeping some in the car, individually wrapped for guaranteed freshness, ideal. They also work out at 15p a bag so are a lot cheaper than coffee on the go. Keeping some at work to keep things quick and easy, again, ideal. I’m really excited to see how it works out when I bake with them too!
Overall, I think they’re a great option to have in your cupboards and perfect for on the go. Have you ever tried coffee in a bag? What do you guys think? If you haven’t, is it something you’d like to try?
Until next time,