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What are Coffee Bags? Everything You Need To Know!

Coffee bags are basically tea bags, but instead of tea they have freshly ground coffee instead. That means that with coffee bags, you get all the flavour of freshly roasted coffee, but in an easy to use, no mess format. We find that they are as convenient as instant coffee, but with the fresh flavour you’d expect from using a cafetiere or pour-over. 


Is it really possible to make a proper cup of coffee with just sachets of coffee and no fancy machine? We think so! If you haven't heard of a coffee bag before, then you are in the right place. 2021 is the year of the coffee bag.


What are Coffee Bags?

Coffee bags are basically tea bags, but instead of tea, they have freshly ground coffee instead. That means that with coffee bags, you get all the flavour of freshly roasted coffee, but in an easy to use, no mess format. We find that they are as convenient as instant coffee, but with the fresh flavour, you’d expect from using a cafetiere or pour-over.  


What do Coffee bags taste like?

What are coffee bags?

Coffee bags make coffee that tastes like freshly filtered coffee. When sipping the coffee, you will smell the strong aromas, which is great. Coffee bags can taste different depending on the brand you choose, but Presto Coffee is a pure Arabica single-origin coffee darkly roasted for optimum brewing in a coffee bag with a smooth, mellow, and satisfying flavour. The coffee has notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate, and dried cherry, developing into caramel and toasted marshmallow aftertaste. A very pleasing brew that will entice you to enjoy a second cup.

Enjoy A Barista-Quality Brew In Less Than 5 Minutes

Made from freshly ground coffee, coffee bags are the perfect way to enjoy a great tasting rich Italian coffee in less than 5 minutes. These nifty little bags are the best coffee bags for those coffee lovers who enjoy drinking coffee on the go.



How to brew a coffee bag? Is it different from tea bags?

Step 1 - Put the kettle on. Remember to only fill the kettle with as much water as you might need. Filling it for one cup isn't the best practice for the environment. Then brace yourself for a great coffee.

Step 2 - Simply pop 1 coffee bag into your favourite mug. The bag might be a bit bigger than what you’re familiar with. There is about 4x more coffee in our bags than traditional tea bags. Top tip - Using a wide mug will allow the bag to brew better and have a full-bodied taste.

Step 3 - After the kettle has boiled, wait 30 seconds (you don’t want to burn the coffee) then drench the bag with boiling water just like you would a tea bag. The coffee grounds soak up the water and release CO2 as a result of this process called blooming the coffee. Burning the coffee will return a bitter aftertaste, whenever you brew coffee make sure you don’t burn it. If you taste a burnt/bitter taste from your cup then now you know why! 

Step 4 - Let your coffee bag sit for 3 to 4 minutes. If you usually like your coffee strong then leave it in for 4, if you prefer a lighter finish then 3 minutes should be plenty. The coffee bag will inflate a little, when it does press it against the side of your mug a few times, just to make sure you’re extracting as much of that coffee goodness as possible.

Step 5 - Make sure you squeeze all of the water from the coffee bag, then if you like your coffee with milk add a drop or two and sit back and enjoy. It’s as easy as that! Check out our review section for more insight into tips and tricks. 

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Are Coffee Bags Instant Coffee

Instant coffee once upon a time was the nations favourite coffee. However Instant coffee and coffee bags are very different. Frozen dried instant coffee undergoes a lot of processing and refinement before it's put into tins. Instant coffee comes in a few variants, and Presto is going to explore some of these instant ranges in the next few months. Coffee Bags on the other hand are different from instant because of the processing. Coffee Bags are just simply good fresh ground coffee put into brewable bags, that's it.


How are coffee bags different from other types of coffee?


Coffee bags are between instant and ground coffee prepared by a coffee maker. The coffee inside the bags is strong and dark to provide the strong and smoky coffee you need. The coffee in the bags is no different from the ground coffee you know.

Where did coffee bags come from?

Coffee bags have not been on the coffee scene for very long but it now seems that everyone is talking about them. Being a nation of tea drinkers the convenience of having a dunkable bag of coffee was inevitable, so why haven't we seen them sooner? Taylors coffee bags launched a UK wide Television advertisement last year offering different blends of coffees and since then we have seen the coffee bag market explode.

Hot Lava Java - Taylors Of Harrogate

Taylors coffee bags are clever and individually wrapped, the Hot Lava Java bags brew right in your cup, for a decent cup of coffee with no fuss. The Hot Lava Java bags are for those that prefer a dark roast rugged and smokey coffee. Taylors of Harrogate also offer a decaf option that is 100% Arabica coffee and a rich Italian pack of 10 coffee bags that are inspired by the rich roasts of northern Italy.

Don't Forget About Presto's Great Tasting Coffee Bags

We have just launched our own range of coffee bags, starting with our most popular, smooth Espresso blend. Nothing beats a proper coffee. But when you’re in a rush or out and about, we know it’s not always convenient to prepare. That’s why we’ve introduced coffee bags – an easier way to brew proper coffee with no mess or fancy filter machine needed. Just boil the kettle and you’re good to go.

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What are the best coffee bags you can buy?

There are several coffee bags available in our markets today. We obviously recommend Presto Coffee Bags, but Taylors of Harrogate, coffee bagsLyons coffee bags, Presto coffee Roasters-Latin American blend, Asda Coffee Bags, Tesco Coffee bags, New Kings Coffee are all great brands that offer a light roast, medium roast and dark roast for that extra kick at a good price. We recommend going for a cup of full-bodied tasty Smooth Italian by us at Presto, it tastes incredible.

What’s good about coffee bags?


Coffee bags are new and many people are having a hard time understanding how they work or knowing what's good about them. Coffee bags perform the same way tea bags work. You simply need hot water and your coffee bug to enjoy the coffee. Coffee bags are good because of the convince they provide, you no longer have to take time to prepare your coffee, and most importantly everything is filtered in the bag for you to enjoy your fresh and clear cup of coffee.


What’s bad about coffee bags?

We love everything about coffee bags, the only bad thing about coffee bags compared to all of the other ways you can buy coffee is the often price.They can prove more expensive when compared to buying a bag of pre-ground coffee beans.

How do you make coffee in a coffee bag?


Coffee bags are like tea bags, you simply add the coffee bag to the mug, pour boiled water, and brew for about two minutes. There are about 9 grams of coffee in each coffee bag so they will provide a strong flavour you can enjoy.

How long have coffee bags been around?


Elevate packaging introduced the first fully compostable coffee bag to the market in 2017.

Are coffee bags better than instant?


Instant coffee contains slightly less caffeine than coffee bags. If you enjoy a strong instant cup of coffee, then coffee bags are a better option.

Do coffee bags contain plastic?


Coffee bags are made from a combination of paper and plastic.

Where does the coffee inside the coffee bags come from?


The coffee inside the coffee bags comes from the same place as all of our ground coffee and beans - from our roastery and our farms. Our Espresso blend is 100% rainforest alliance certified and is smooth and delicious in bean form, all we have done is ground it up and packed it into these handy little coffee bags.

How long has Presto Been Brewing Coffee?

Presto has been brewing coffee for around 3 years now. We take pride in not just the coffee bags we create but also all aspects of coffee, from coffee beans, to ground coffee, we understand what a coffee bags worth is. We love our customers who drink coffee with passion!

We have partnered with some of the best Q Graders and coffee cuppers in the country to bring the best quality coffee to our customers. Presto's mission is to create a coffee that doesn't cost the earth, through initiatives at farm level, transport and at the roastery we are doing as much as we can to bring you a coffee that is good for the planet. If you would like to leave a review of our listings, please check out the review section at the bottom of the product pages.

So, Are Coffee Bags Here To Stay?

Yes, coffee bags are definitely here to stay! And to find the best coffee bags be sure to keep us in mind.


Should I buy Coffee bags? 

If you’re a coffee lover who enjoys the taste of a decent coffee to get those taste buds going, then coffee bags are a must-have. Coffee bags come individually wrapped and wrapped up in a box and this helps keep them fresh and they can be used anywhere as long as you have hot water and a mug. Many UK coffee lovers are now trying these out because they prefer fresh instant coffee.




Enjoy Presto's delicious coffee with our easy brew, 100% recyclable, resealable pouch, compostable coffee bags. This is our Smooth Italian blend; a mild and sweet coffee with flavours of roasted nuts, caramel and milk chocolate.

Enjoy barista-quality coffee at home in under 5 minutes with no equipment needed. These nifty little bags are perfect for those coffee lovers who enjoy a strong coffee that has a rich Italian taste on the go.

We've sealed 8g of a Rainforest Alliance certified, delicious dark roast inside each bag, which has been specifically designed for optimum brewing in a coffee bag. Simply add hot water! To buy Prestos coffee bags, click here.

Presto Coffee Bag

Our coffee bags have been made to make your lives easier. Containing our favourite Espresso coffee (other blends soon to come). These individually wrapped bags simply need to be brewed with hot water (just like a tea bag!) and topped with milk (optional) to make the perfect cup of coffee. No-fuss with cafetieres, coffee grinders or expensive coffee machines (check out our review of the gaggia classic here), these lightweight coffee bags can be used on the go or for quick homebrew that tastes just as delicious as a filter coffee. We also really like that once your coffee has brewed you can throw the whole bag in the compost with minimal fuss, mess or clean-up needed.

In our coffee bags, we roast our 100% Rainforest Alliance Brazilian coffee, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. We roast this bean quite dark, as this lets the flavour really shine through when brewed in a bag. We think darker roasted coffee is perfect for coffee bags, the flavour is strong, but also smooth, with notes of dark chocolate and caramel. One of the real benefits of coffee bags is that you get a lot more nuanced in flavour when compared to instant coffee.

We then grind to a medium/coarse grind to allow the right extraction of flavour over the 3-4 minute brew time. This freshly roasted, and ground coffee is then packed into BioWeb mesh material, which is what we use for the bag itself. BioWeb is a natural polymer that has been made from raw materials which are renewable and sustainable. It’s both biodegradable and compostable under EU regs (EN13432) when disposed of under the right conditions.

Our pouches are PE 4 which is widely recyclable in the UK with kerbside collection. Though please always check with your Local Authority. PE 4 is commonly recycled into things like compost bins, panelling, bin bags, floor tiles, and shipping envelopes. 

Each individual coffee bag is 100% compostable and stored in a 100% recyclable package 

Where is the coffee sourced from in your Espresso Blend?

Alta Mogiana is one of the oldest and most highly developed coffee-producing regions in Brazil; it is also the highest coffee growing region in the country. Located towards the Southeast, in the northern part of the state of São Paulo this high plateau region of mostly small to medium-sized farms and farmers have committed to growing their coffee in the most sustainable way with every effort made to grow their crops in harmony with the eco-systems that surround them. The fertile red soil, subtropical humid climate with warm summers and dry winters, an average annual temperature of 20°C and altitudes of up to 1,100 meters above sea level makes this a perfect region for growing Brazilian Arabica coffee beans. 

Altitude: Between 900 and 1,100 meters above sea level

Arabica varieties: Mundo Novo and Catuai

Harvest Season: May to October, peaking around July

Landed Europe: November to January 

Picking: Mechanical picking

Process: Naturally sundried. The outer coffee cherry is allowed to dry in the sun for a period of 3 to 6 weeks before transferring to the mill to be separated. As a result, the raw Whole Bean Coffee contains more natural sugars and has a sweeter flavour.

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