THE BEST coffee bags make a mean ol’ brew that coffee-fanatics love – so it’s sure to be a trend that will have its moment on the food and drink scene for a long time.
They turn making coffee into an easy, hassle-free task – if you take it black, all you have to do is pour hot water over the bag and you’re ready to go. We’ve rounded up the 12 best coffee bags that you can buy online right now.
What is a coffee bag?
Coffee bags are pretty much like a teabag, but with ground coffee in – you steep, dunk and stew it in your favourite mug just like you would with tea.
They’re great for travelling and for taking into the office, saving you the hassle (and money) of transporting bulky tubs of instant or ground coffee and all the brewing equipment.
1. We tried: Whittard of Chelsea
- Whittard of Chelsea coffee, £5 for 10 – buy here
We were impressed with how simple (yet tasty) these coffee bags were from high-street favourite Whittard of Chelsea, and they were mess- and fuss-free.
For a fiver you get 10 individually-wrapped coffee bags, in four different varieties and blends, so they’re great for travelling, or taking in your backpack to work – although it seems an unnecessary strain on the environment. However, the coffee bags themselves are compostable.
Simply grab your favourite mug, unwrap a coffee bag, and let it stew for three to five minutes – we left ours for around 10 as we like it a little stronger.
They’re not the strongest coffee we’ve ever had, but if you’re a fan of a lighter, more contemporary coffee, these are definitely the bags for you.
2. We tried: Presto Cold Brew
- Presto Cold Brew Coffee Bags, £9.99 for 30 – buy here
Ethical coffee brand Presto is the first to release cold brew coffee bags in the UK, and they’re so versatile, making a delicious ice-cold coffee or cocktail base in minutes.
The single origin bags are Rainforest Alliance-certified, and have 25% more coffee per bag to speed up brew time.
If you’re well-prepared, leave one bag per 100ml of water in a French Press in the fridge overnight, and decant into a jug the next day with some ice for a delicious cold drink. It’ll keep for a week, too and would be a great base for an espresso martini.
We weren’t that prepared, but found it easy to make an iced coffee on the go by adding a bag to (roughly) 250ml water, with ice cubes and letting it stew for around five minutes.
Then we added oat milk and sugar for our take on the iced latte – but Presto recommends experimenting with a series of syrups, too.
3. Costa Coffee
- Costa Mocha Italia Signature Blend Coffee bags, from £9 on Amazon – buy here
Even coffee-giant Costa has jumped on the coffee bag trend with these Mocha Italia Signature Blend coffee bags.
For £9 on Amazon, you can get 10 individually enveloped coffee bags with the finest ground coffee from the big household name.
The tasting notes are smooth, nutty caramel – and as well as being delicious, they’re extremely convenient and mess-free.
These coffee bags are ethically-sourced too, being Rainforest Alliance-certified.
Say goodbye to brewing equipment, and simply unwrap a bag, pop in your favourite mug, and brew for three minutes with freshly boiled water.
4. Taylors of Harrogate
- Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian blend, £16 from Amazon – buy here
This Yorkshire-based coffee company is a well-trusted, renowned supermarket name and has produced three different coffee bag blends.
Its Rich Italian blend is their gateway coffee bag blend, transporting you from the depths of Yorkshire to the heady heights of Latin America and Africa from first sip.
It is self-billed “proper coffee made easy” – and budget-friendly, too. For £16 on Amazon you can get a whopping 80 coffee bags to save you time and money.
The tasting notes are delectable, with chocolate and almond – so try not to drink them all at once.
- Lyons Go Joe Coffee Bags, £21.45 for 150 from Sourced Coffee – buy here
For around £20 on Sourced Coffee you can get a whopping 150 delicious, entirely mess and fuss-free coffee bags from the coffee-pros at Lyons.
Its Go Joe coffee bag blend is rich, full-bodied and medium in strength – and offers a fuss-free alternative, while still getting premium quality coffee.
What we love about this brand is that all sachets and coffee bags are fully compostable.
Lyons do a decaf version of their favourite coffee bags, too – so you never need to miss out on great flavour even if you’re giving caffeine a miss.
- Percol Fairtrade Colombian Coffee bags, £3.49 from Tesco – buy here
These coffee bags from Percol are entirely plastic-free, Fairtrade-certified and made with 100% Colombian Arabica beans.
Its Colombian blend is a three in strength, and is light and smooth, with a nutty flavour – it’s ethically-sourced, picked by hand and roasted in the UK, too.
Percol are a carbon-neutral company, too – so you know you’re drinking the best quality coffee, while doing what’s best for the planet.
7. Raw Bean
- Raw Bean Striking El Salvador Bags, £4.99 for 10 from Holland & Barrett – buy here
We think this box of coffee bags tell you all there is to know about Raw Bean’s Striking El Salvador bags.
Priced at under a fiver for 10 coffee bags at Holland & Barrett, they’re a fantastic price, too.
The strength of these bags are a three, so it’s midway on the scale, and makes it ideal for easy, all-day drinking.
Its tasting notes are rich and fruity, with lashings of dark chocolate – meaning that it might be worth stocking up on a few boxes of these tasty, mess and fuss-free bags.
8. Paddy & Scott’s
- Paddy & Scott’s Brew Bag, £16.99 for 31 – buy here
This pared back, monochrome packaging is home to tasty, self-proclaimed pure craft coffee – but in a bag.
Paddy & Scott’s wanted to make life simple when it came to making a simply great brew, so it cut out all the equipment, weighing, and stress to bring you their Brew Bags.
It’s a bold, medium roast blend – the same as they use instore – and boast that every single bag is fully compostable. As well as suitable for your food waste or compost bin, the company recommends tearing the bags open to use in your house plants, too.
Drink better, and do better! And if you like them that much, you can stock up and buy a batch of 100 bags.
9. M & S
- M & S Classic Coffee Bags, £2.25 for 10 from Ocado – buy here
This isn’t just any coffee bag…
The high-street clothes and food giant has jumped on the coffee bag trend to bring you 10 individually-wrapped coffee bags, made with 100% Arabica beans.
Using Fairtrade-sourced beans from Latin America, the medium roast is smooth and balanced, with tasting notes of chocolate hazelnut and a hint of berry.
M & S recommends brewing it for four minutes to get the best quality brew and they’re individually-wrapped for peak freshness and convenience on the move.
For under £3, they’re fantastic value for money – so make sure to chuck a few in your trolley on your next food shop.
10. London Nootropics
- London Nootropics Starter Box, £12 – buy here
This Starter Box from London Nootropics claims to be “adaptogenic”, i.e. a provider of health benefits.
It’s free from preservatives and artificial sweeteners, and made with pure natural ingredients – blended with the aforementioned adaptogens, which are a certain type of herb that is used in medicine and have a variety of perks, including helping with stress.
In the Starter Box, there are three unique coffee bag blends blends: Zen, Mojo, and Grind – blended with CBD, cordyceps mushroom extract, ginseng, mane mushroom, and organic ashwagandha root extract.
All are used in herbal medicine, and some are used to help support memory, concentration, energy and fight fatigue.
11. Single Origin
- Single Origin Coffee Bags, £24 for 30 from FAFF – buy here
These film-sealed coffee bags from FAFF are 15g, so make a bigger, better cup of coffee.
They’re made for bigger mugs and you can expect notes of dark chocolate and caramel – a perfect all-rounder cup of coffee for a hard day’s work.
Once purchased, the coffee bags arrive in a recyclable, letterbox-friendly package – so you don’t need to worry about missing them arriving if you’re not in.
12. New Kings Coffee
- Selection Box, from £9.99 for 16 at New Kings Coffee – buy here
Go organic with this selection of Fairtrade, freshly-ground coffee bags from New Kings Coffee.
From under a tenner, you can choose from a selection of organic, good quality coffee bags from New Kings Coffee, and for a few quid more you can buy individual boxes of the four different blends, gift boxes for friends (or yourself) and even a big box of 100.
Each of the four roasts provided in the box has a unique flavour profile, sourced from high-quality beans from across the planet.
How to use coffee bags
The methods to make coffee bags can vary slightly according to brand, so it’s always worth checking the instructions on the packaging, but they’re usually pretty similar.
Grab your favourite cup, pop in a bag, pour over fresh, off-the-boil water, and leave it for around three to five minutes – more if you like it stronger.
Then, if the brand you’ve chosen is plastic free, pop the coffee bag into your food waste bin or home composting.
Are coffee bags compostable?
Most coffee bags on the market right now are compostable – but it’s worth checking the packaging first. A lot of companies will boast the Plastic Free symbol, too.
Once you’re finished with your coffee bags simply pop them into your food waste bin, or home composting.
Some still come individually-wrapped in plastic which may be recycled by your local council – but it’s best to check their website first.
How much caffeine is there in coffee bags?
The amount of caffeine in each coffee brand can vary according to its type, strength and blend – so it’s always worth checking out the packaging first.
If you’re caffeine-intolerant, or trying to cut down, it’s worth opting for a ‘half and half’ blend – 50% caffeine and 50% decaf – or the decaf alternative to your favourite brand.
In your typical brewed coffee there can be anything from around 70 to 100mg of caffeine per cup, compared to zero to 15mg in a cup of decaf.
Most coffee brands cater for those skipping caffeine and provide an equally tasty decaf option.
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