Last Updated: 14-02-2020

5 Best Coffee Bags 2020

Coffee bags are essentially just like tea bags, except they contain ground coffee instead.

Favoured by those who travel, go on picnics or go to work and can’t have proper sufficient coffee making facilities, you simply pop the ground coffee bag in your cup or drinking flask and pour on boiling water. No machines, no complicated settings and no mess left behind.

They’re a great alternative to instant coffee, which contains a minimal amount of caffeine. So you can still have a proper cup of coffee without the fuss.

These are the best coffee bags which currently exist in this rapidly growing market.

Our Top Picks

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Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian Coffee Bags
  • Capacity: 30/80 bags
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Lyons Coffee Break No3 Coffee Bags
  • Capacity: 150 bags
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Taylors of Harrogate Decaffé Coffee Bags
  • Capacity: 30 bags
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The Best Ground Coffee Bags

1.
Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian Coffee Bags

Specifications

  • Capacity: 30/80 bags

Choose from 30 or 80 bags, and three different blends for these Taylors coffee bags.

100% Arabica coffee, they feature the best grounds possible to ensure it tastes just like the real deal. All bags are individually wrapped for freshness, and it is inspired by the roast style of Northern Italy so there are hints of dark chocolate and almond in the flavour.

They’re also Rainforest Alliance Certified, helping the environment and ensuring that those who pick the coffee have sustainable livelihoods. The coffee bags are also compostable in food or garden waste bins, and Carbon Neutral too.

Reasons to Buy

  • Freshly individually wrapped
  • Compostable coffee bags

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small capacity

2.
Lyons Coffee Break No3 Coffee Bags

Specifications

  • Capacity: 150 bags

With 150 sachets per box, this serving should keep you topped up with coffee for a good few weeks and is our best budget pick.

Each contains 100% Arabica coffee, so you are getting that trusted taste similar to a real coffee shop or what you’d make at home from a machine.

It has been freshly roasted before being packed, and each bag is individually wrapped so you can take them into the office and rest knowing the bag you put in your cup is as fresh as possible and hasn’t been tainted in any way. You can also carry an individual sachet or two in your bag for those caffeine emergencies.

The No3 coffee is a nice smooth blend, which doesn’t leave a bitter taste and it is easy to get your desired strength by leaving the bag in just a bit longer.

Reasons to Buy

  • Individually wrapped for freshness
  • Large pack

Reasons to Avoid

  • The wrapping does mean more packaging

3.
Percol Fairtrade Smooth Coffee Bags

Specifications

  • Capacity: 10 bags

Fairtrade, single-origin and organic Arabica, all of these bags are plastic-free so you can save the planet while you sip your morning brew. Choose from Americano (strength 4), Colombian (3) or Espresso (6).

Did you know that Percol was the first ground coffee to be Fairtrade certified? They started the trend of using organic and single-origin beans, and to this day they still live by those standards. These bags are no different either, using only the finest coffee grounds.

They’re suitable to use in a cafetiere, and they go up to a really good strength if you leave them in your cup for a little bit longer.

Reasons to Buy

  • Plastic Free
  • Fairtrade Certified

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not a large packet

4.
Taylors of Harrogate Decaffé Coffee Bags

Specifications

  • Capacity: 30 bags

Even though you don’t need the caffeine which is in a normal serving of caffeine, you still find the taste of instant decaf to be not quite right.

There are ten bags in each of the three packets included in this bundle, and they are individually wrapped to maintain freshness. Smooth and balanced, they are strength 4, with a hint of caramel and not a single sign that they are decaffeinated.

The sealing material isn’t conventional plastic, but a renewable, plant-based bioplastic made from corn starch. They are entirely safe to brew with as well.

Reasons to Buy

  • Compostable bags
  • Individually wrapped

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price is a bit steep for how many you get

5.
Presto Coffee Bags

Specifications

  • Capacity: 50 bags

Roast 4 to 6 (medium) and 100% Arabica, this is great quality coffee in 50 handy bags to save washing up, mess and carrying lots of equipment.

Sustainability is at the heart of Presto’s work, so they have ethically sourced the coffee beans and use environmentally friendly packaging.

These bags are best for anyone who likes a mellow morning brew as opposed to a strong, intense flavour. Two bags can offer a bit more strength, but you still get that all-important proper coffee taste.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good price
  • For milder tastes

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the strongest overall

Coffee Bag Buying Guide

Strength

As with all forms of making coffee (and indeed as with tea bags), the strength often increases the longer you leave the bag in the boiling water. But it is still good to get a blend which adheres to your tastes.

Most bags hower around roasting levels 3 to 6. Lighter roasts are light body, have a more acidic flavour and contain more caffeine, but those at the higher end have a more bitter flavour, less like their natural taste and more from the roasting process.

Many people opt for lighter roasts in the morning and something darker for taste later on, but most manufacturers offer different blends so if you find a bag you like the sound of, opt to try a few if you are unsure.

Capacity

Packets of coffee bags can come in sizes anywhere between 10 bags and 50 bags. The latter is often better for value and will suit a coffee addict or someone who will be using the bags every day, and the former someone who wants them for the occasional ease they offer (such as at work or when on a weekend break).

Price

The price of a packet of coffee bags varies wildly depending on how many bags are in the box, the brand and the roast. In general, however, you can expect to pay anywhere between 15p and £1 per bag.

The former price would be good for anyone who currently uses a filter machine or cafetiere and wants to stick to the same price bracket for the bags, and the latter is still cheaper than a takeaway coffee so either way, they are great value.

FAQs

Do coffee bags contain plastic?

Just like ordinary tea bags, some bags use plastic to glue the edges of the bag together so it doesn’t disintegrate in your cup. But with sustainability on everyone’s mind, many are moving away from this.

Percol is perhaps the best brand to go for if you want a guarantee to avoid plastic. But other brands such as Taylors Of Harrogate have compostable bags which are easy to deal with if waste is a concern too if you are wondering if coffee bags are compostable or recyclable.

What is in a coffee bag?

Coffee bags contain ground coffee. A common misconception is that it must be instant grounds, but they don’t need to dissolve as they’re contained in the bag so it is pure coffee grounds like you would use in a cafetiere, filter or drip machine.

Can I use a coffee bag in a cafetiere?

Yes! They can be used in mugs, travel mugs or flasks as well as cafetieres. They are designed for mugs, so you may need to double up on the bags used.

How do I get rid of a coffee bag?

Many can be thrown away in household waste, and some are compostable so will disintegrate over time.

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