by Matthew Robertson August 26, 2021
If you love coffee but do not want all the hassle that comes with the use of coffee-making gadgets, then coffee bags may be a good option for you. Coffee bags can give you the same convenience of an instant coffee but with the real coffee taste that you are looking for.
Coffee bags are not the same as instant coffee because instant coffee are processed granules or powder that are made to dissolve in water, while coffee bags contain fresh coffee grounds that you need to steep in water in order to extract its flavor.
In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at what coffee bags are made of, how they differ from instant coffee and how they are used.
Coffee bags are small, heat-sealed bags that contain ground coffee. A single coffee bag is equal to one serving or one cup of coffee and has all the aroma and flavor you would expect from your usual barista style coffee. To put it simply, it’s just like a tea bag, but with fresh ground coffee!
Coffee bags eliminate the need for gadgets or coffee makers, thus saving you time and money. But the lack of equipment does not mean that you cannot alter the coffee to suit your taste, you can control its strength by easily leaving the bag to steep for a longer or shorter amount of time.
Instant coffee contains the lowest quality of coffee beans which affects the flavor. They are made through the process of either freeze-drying or spray-drying.
Freeze drying is a process of cooking the coffee for extraction and then chilling it at 20°F until it becomes basically slushy. This slushy mixture is then chilled again at -40°F to make frozen coffee slabs before sending them down to a drying vacuum to be vaporized and broken down into granules.
Spray drying is done by having liquid coffee concentrate sprayed as fine mist into a hot 480°F air, when this mist hits the ground and the water has evaporated, it will have dried into small granules.
On the other hand, coffee bags are made with freshly ground coffee that are placed in bags and heat-sealed.
They look like tea bags and work just the same way as tea bags do. This means that the flavor will be similar to coffee made from a percolator or open filter.
As we’ve mentioned above, a coffee bag works the same way as a tea bag does. You simply have to add water and let it steep.
A coffee bag that contains about 9 grams of coffee can already offer a strong flavour in a 300ml or 10oz cup. Follow the steps belowAre coffee bags worth it?
If you normally drink instant coffee or pre-ground coffee from the market, then coffee bags may be a great alternative.
The coffee placed inside these bags are generally a dark roast to provide a deep, rich and smokey flavor that is familiar to all of us.
Ground coffee is definitely superior, in terms of taste, when compared to instant coffee, and coffee bags are no exception.
However, if you are an instant coffee drinker, then you have to have more patience when using coffee bags because you may need to steep a bag for up to 5 minutes to fully extract the flavor of the ground coffee.
If you steep a coffee bag for less than two minutes, the flavor of the coffee grounds will not be fully extracted, thus giving you a slightly acidic taste.
A lot of packet instructions do not indicate how much water to add, but it is advisable that for every 8g of ground coffee, you should add just over 100ml of water to get that good-tasting cup. However, you can alter this to suit your preference.
Coffee bags are massively convenient. They are easily transportable as small, individual packets, which means they are excellent to use for camping trips or even just for work.
Despite being a bit more expensive, you can actually save up more money by not having to buy from local coffee shops.
Most retailers use biodegradable materials for their coffee bags, such as plant based and industrially compostable plastic which you can dispose of in your food or garden council waste bins, but not to be added in your home compost pile because these materials need heat and space in order for it to break down.
However, some coffee bags come in non-biodegradable plastic packets, so it is best to dispose of them properly or choose to buy from retailers who use more environmentally-friendly materials.Can you use coffee bags for iced coffee?
Coffee bags can be brewed in hot water as well as in cold water, provided that they are made using good quality filter material.
Since the coffee is already in a filter, it can work perfectly for iced coffee, just add water, allow to steep for at least 5 minutes, remove and add ice, milk or anything you prefer to add.Can you use a coffee bag more than once?
Since coffee bags contain just about 10 grams of ground coffee, it is best to not use them more than once.
This is because you may have already extracted the flavor and aroma and they would not taste as nice if used for the second time.What is the best way to dispose of coffee grounds?
Nothing beats a good-tasting cup of coffee, but when you are in a rush or always on the go, it may not always be convenient to prepare. That is why coffee bags are made to offer a different way of brewing coffee.
It is an easier way to prepare unprocessed ground coffee without any other fancy equipment needed. You simply need a cup of boiled water, steep your coffee bag, add milk or sugar and you are good to go.
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