I start off every morning with at least two cups of coffee - one at home and one at work. I'm almost definitely addicted to the stuff and am sad to say I barely function without it.
Alongside being a physiological crutch, coffee is something I take great pleasure in, especially after my experiences of running my own coffee business, where I learnt a great deal about what distinguishes an amazing cup from a mediocre, or indeed a poor one.
It's safe to say that instant is a dirty word in this house. We have an ancient Jura bean to cup machine which we lovingly have kept going over the years, despite its tendency to leak and go slightly haywire for no good reason. You now have to pretty much clean it out after every coffee to guarantee the next grind and pump will work.
We also own an equally decrepit espresso machine, which is frankly more trouble than it's worth these days. After waiting five minutes for the machine to heat up, you then have to play at being a home barista - something which 7:30am Bethan definitely struggles with.
Despite being a pain, a decent coffee is well worth the effort. However like all humans I am always desperately looking for an easier option (there's no shame in this! Laziness is the mother of all invention in my mind.)
So when New Kings Coffee popped along to ask my thoughts* on their 100% Arabica, single origin, Fairtrade and Organic coffee bags, I was definitely up for giving them a go, despite some initial skepticism.
In the post I received a selection of their fairtrade and organic coffees, including:
- Guatemala, Central America - Rich and full flavoured south american
- Sumatra, Indonesia, South East Asia - A deep dark roast
- Sidamo, Ethiopia, Africa - Light and fruity
- San Ignacio, Peru, South America (DECAF) - Smooth and decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process
So let's start off with some misgivings - coffee in a teabag - how is that going to work?
Well firstly it's a lot less hassle than firing up your machine. All you need is hot water and a mug, then you're good to go.
Another bonus for me is the fact that the bags are individually sealed, meaning that they stay much fresher than a big pack of ground coffee left open for a week or so.
A slight downside is the brew time, which is around 5 minutes for the lighter roasts (the Sidamo did require a minute over the suggested brew time to really bring out the flavour). As you are using heat as opposed to heat and pressure, the flavour will also be more subtle than your average machine made coffee. I honestly didn't really mind this though, as one of my pet hates are pungent acidic coffees.
In terms of eco friendliness, the coffee bags are also made from Bioweb, which is a 100% biodegradable product. This means that you can pop the bags in the compost after you're finished. The foil sachets are obviously not bio-dregadeable, however you can send them back to New Kings Coffee, who will send them off to be recycled with a specialist company. Having researched recyclable coffee packaging myself back in the day, this honestly is one of the best options available at present.
Overall I have to say that I was impressed by the coffee bags. They are a low effort option which does result in a decent cup. I have to say that my highlights from the selection were the Sidamo and the Decaff, both of which were extremely pleasant and much better than the mass produced ground coffee you would find in a supermarket.
Whilst I'm not quite ready to give up my morning routine (the frustration is part of the joy!), I think these coffee bags would be excellent additions for anyone travelling (hotel provided coffee is usually awful) or anyone who works in an office which lacks a decent coffee machine.
Find out more at New Kings Coffee
* The coffee samples shown in this post were sent free of charge in exchange for my feedback. I was not required to write a blog post and as always my opinions here are honest and my own.