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      30.09.2009 13:39
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      I Will Stay With Instant Coffee Because This Stuff Is Horrible

      I got a sample of coffee bags from Lyons a few weeks ago but they looked horrible because the bag was so big but this morning we'd run out of coffee so I thought I might as well try one to see how good it worked. It's fresh coffee not instant and has been put into a big cheap looking tea bag and you just have to pour the water on it and let the bag stand for a few minutes to get what Lyons call a proper cup of coffee without going to the stress of getting the coffee machine out but that doesn't mean anything because I haven't got a coffee machine anyway and it's even quicker to use a good quality instant coffee!

      The bags don't smell very stong when they are brewing and I knew it was going to be a weak cup of coffee and when I took the bag out and put a bit of milk in it didn't look strong enough for me so I put the second bag I'd been sent in and left that for a minute. It didn't do a lot of good and I the coffee you get when you've used this bag hasn't got a very nice taste because it's so weak and hasn't got any of the rich coffee flavour that I get with my instant coffee.

      The bag looks horrible when you take it out of the cup as well because the coffee has swelled up in it and the bag is so big that it's gone all floppy and it made me feel a bit sick handling it.

      I thought the coffee was horrible and didn't even drink the full mug because it was so tasteless that I poured it down the drain and had a cup of tea instead even though I'm not mad for tea. Lyons coffee is usually ok but this one isn't very nice and even though it's weak it's a bit harsh at the same time and has got a horrible sour flavour when you swallow it that isn't strong but it makes the coffee seem like it's more bitter than it is.

      I don't know why anyone would want to buy these because the instant coffees taste loads better than this and if prefer fresh coffee then I reckon you'd have a coffee machine by now because of how cheap you can get them. I drink instant coffee because I think it's got a smoother flavour that most fresh coffees and beacuse I don't drink a lot of coffee I think fresh coffee is too strong for me usually and that's why I don't think Lyons have used proper fresh coffee in these bags because the flavour of them is so weak.

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        19.08.2009 11:19
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        I won't go back to instant coffee

        I am addicted to coffee having loved the taste as long as I can remember,but being pregnant I have had to cut down the amount that I drink so am limited to one cup a day.

        With that in mind I decided to try out these Lyons one cup fresh ground coffee sachets / bags. They are available from most supermarkets, (Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys) and are priced in my local shop at £1.89 for 18 bags.

        They come in both caffeinated and decaff versions (which is brilliant as I can have the real one to wake me up and a pretend coffee with my chocolate fix later in the day!)

        Lyons try to market themselves as a Rainforest Alliance company which means that they make responsible decisions about their coffee growing locations and also pay the farmers a fair wage for the products. I don't feel that Lyon's prices add too much of a premium for this fact, but would be willing to pay a little more for fairtrade coffee so that is a definite benefit.

        Use
        The best thing about these bags is how easy they are to use. They come in individual foil wrapped packs so you just open the foil and pop the bag into a cup. Add boiling water and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Add milk and sugar if you like! I find that it helps to squeeze the bag with a spoon to make it stronger.

        Taste
        I was a bit sceptical about the idea of a coffee bag but this really does taste like cafetiere coffee - the bags are much larger than tea bags so have real ground coffee in them. The coffee is a 3 out of 5 for strength on the Lyons scale but seems fine to me!

        Benefits
        These are much cheaper than buying a filter coffee at a coffee shop - compare around 10p a mug to £1.50+ and you have a bargain. The best thing is that as they are individually wrapped you can take one to work with you and it beats the machine coffee that we have at my work!

        The decaf ones taste just as good as they real ones too which is nice for those of us that love our coffee taste but cant have too much caffeine!

        Definitely one to try.

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          03.05.2009 11:30
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          Tasteless but Low Priced Coffee

          I LOVE my coffee!And I love to try out different coffees:I saw these coffee bags looking back at me at the supermarket and decided to give them a try.

          On the positive side the product is attractively packaged and reasonably priced for the amount of coffee bags provided in a box. On the not so positive side the sleek, individually sealed bags are rather fiddly to open. I started out with one coffee bag that I left to brew for 5 minutes then 8, then after that I popped in another coffee bag to make the coffee drinkable, as it was tasteless up to that point. So I decided to experiment and have since discovered that if I pop in 2 bags into a mug and do NOT add very hot water and let it stand for a while while holding the coffee bags down with a teaspoon, then add milk and sugar this beverage then becomes drinkable. (by then the coffee is lukewarm, and for me not the best temperature to drink coffee).It does leave some residue behind, as some reviewers mentioned, but loving my Turkish Coffee a little residue left behind in my coffee cup is not something that bothers me.

          I will not buy the product again(had I known I could have got samples I would have not bothered to spend a penny on it though and got it for free but seeing as it was cheap to start with I decided to go ahead and buy).Needless to say I am not a fan of the Lyons brand as I do not think their ground coffee tastes very good, however I was hoping to find a new product that I could fall in love with and start buying and drinking regularly. I guess I'll have to keep looking...
          I can say one thing: if I have to choose between the worst instant coffee on the market and Lyons Coffee Bags I would choose the instant!

          So if you like your coffee on the weak side and any form of instant coffee is a little too strong for you, then try this product, I'm sure you'll love it. For coffee lovers and anyone who loves the rich intensity of a taste explosion in your mouth when you've had a brilliant cup of java , then I would say, if you must try this product, get a few samples free.Don't spend even a penny on this as it's not worth it!

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            19.03.2009 14:25
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            Don't forget to send off for your freebie!

            Anyone who has ever spent more than about 5 minutes with me will know that I like my coffee. More than that, I need my coffee. I drink far too much of the stuff, but me and decent coffee go hand in hand quite nicely throughout the course of the day.

            I love "real" coffee - the stuff that is freshly ground, and preferably served by a tall dark handsome barista........but reality means that the majority of the time I make do with the most decent instant that I can find.

            I was first introduced to coffee bags back in the early 1980s - I had an Aunt and Uncle that used them. Of course I had come across tea-bags, but coffee bags just seemed a little strange - no one else I knew used them, and so as a 12 or 13 year old, I looked forward to visiting this particular Aunt and Uncle, so I could have coffee bags!

            Over the years, the coffee bags went by the wayside, to be replaced by cafetieres and other coffee making gadgets, and I didn't give the coffee bags much thought. From time to time I would mention them to others, but no one seemed to have heard of them, and I did start to wonder whether I had imagined them in the first place!

            Then, a couple of years ago I went on holiday with a friend - we went self catering, and were on a definite budget, and so we took as much food from home as we could manage to pack in order that we could avoid the high prices in the resort "Spar". We both agreed that decent coffee was one thing we needed to rely on, so my friend said that she would provide the coffee for the trip.

            What she brought with her was Lyons coffee bags! After being transported back to the early 80s for a few moments, and gushing about how I had loved visiting my Aunt and Uncle because of their weird coffee bags, I came back to the present time (it's ok, my friend knows I am slightly strange, so she wasn't panicking about spending a week with me!), and now that I am reacquainted with them, I have used them from time to time and will continue to do so.

            Basically, you buy a box of 18 bags (you can get decaf or normal) for between £1.50 and £2 - they are available from most larger supermarkets. In the box, there are 18 individually wrapped coffee bags - like tea bags, but with coffee in.

            Simply open the individual packet and place the coffee bag in your mug, pour on boiling water, and wait. This is the only problem for me - for best results you have to wait for your coffee to "brew" for between 3 and 5 minutes, depending on how strong you want it. So it certainly isn't "instant" in that sense of the word. Remove the bag, add milk and sugar to taste and sit back and enjoy.

            The coffee itself is perfectly drinkable - medium roasted and certainly with the taste of freshly ground coffee rather than freeze dried instant. If you leave it too long before you take the bag out of the cup, you will possibly find some coffee residue at the bottom of the mug, but then you would do so with coffee from the cafetiere, so I don't let this put me off.

            It is not exceptional, though - and for me the main benefit is that I can pop one or two of these sachets in my bag, and never have to worry about being able to get half decent coffee - as long as I can get some boiling water, I can do the rest, without having to lug a jar of Kenco around. They are especially good for holidays, as coffee is a personal thing, and if you are staying in a hotel that serves really rank coffee, it can spoil your day, so to be able to whip out a coffee bag keeps you sane! Also, when I go and watch the children do their various sporting events around the country, I can often get hot water out of a vending machine, so take my coffee bag and a mug, and am able to partake of my favorite tipple without having to pay an extortionate amount for vending machine rubbish.

            So.....to sum up, these are not as good as the real stuff, and they don't generally come with a tall dark handsome barista.....but they are perfectly acceptable, and if you are out and about, or on holiday, they can give you the coffee kick that you need!

            For more information you can visit www.coffeeperfection.com and I believe you can ask for a free sample to try!

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              05.03.2009 23:01
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              Easy to use and quick

              I recently received a free sample to try of the fresh ground coffee in one cup bags.
              It is a convenient way of making a cup or mug of fresh ground coffee.
              They are made in the same way as you would make a cup of tea via the bag in a cup method.

              The instructions that are provided on the pack are that you place the bag in the mug.
              Pour on freshly boiled water and leave for 3 to 5 minutes.
              Adjust this time according to taste. Remove the bag and serve.
              You can serve with or without milk, with or without sugar.

              The bag itself is about twice the size of a tea bag and is round in shape. It contains 7g of ground coffee. The coffee used is a blend of both arabica and robusta beans. It is contained in individual foil bags to seal in the freshness.
              They made an adequate tasting coffe and as is important these days they are rainforest alliance certified. They are easier than getting the coffee machine out and also allow you to take them to work or holiday as the pack is small enough to slip in your pocket.

              I would use them again but given the preference i would get the coffee machine out. They are available in both regular and decaffinated varieties.
              Available in all major supermarkets foe £1.53 for 18 for regular and £1.99 for 18 decaffineated this is 125g packs. Shop around for the best prices.

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              22.02.2009 22:17
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              Expensive, unpleasant, a waste of money!

              It had to happen really, we've had tea bags for ages and over the years several companies have attempted to introduce the British coffee drinking public to coffee bags. Lyons have now jumped on the bandwagon with their version of coffee bags.

              ==The Product==

              A one cup bag of ground coffee to make a cup of 'proper' coffee in an instant. Sounds promising, doesn't it? Proper coffee without having to use a coffee maker, percolator or filter machine. Proper coffee in the same time as it takes to make a mug of instant.

              The coffee bags are sold in a grey and green box with the Lyons logo and the slogan 'Coffee Perfection Since 1904' in white, green and gold . The packaging is eye catching and it looks quite classy! The coffee bags are individually foil wrapped making them convenient to take to work or out and about. The pack contains 18 x 7g coffee bags and the price is currently £1.55 in Sainsbury's supermarket. Obviously other stores pricing may vary.

              The actual coffee bags are very similar to a tea bag in appearance, but much larger. They are made of a similar material as tea bags, a papery mesh fabric. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. Place the coffee bags into a mug pour over freshly boiled water, leave to brew for 3-5 minutes dependant on taste, remove the bag and serve however you like your coffee. Presumably this means add your sugar, milk, coffee whitener or whatever you usually add to a cup of coffee!

              ==My Experience==

              I drink my coffee black, without sugar and very strong, so I didn't hold out much hope of one bag being adequate for my taste. I wasn't disappointed! One bag of Lyons coffee brewed for 5 minutes, produced a weak, dark brown, odd looking brew.

              I tried the coffee as it was and the first sip was quite disgusting! I could have been drinking hot water with a granule or two of instant coffee dissolved into it. It was truly undrinkable, so I poured it away and started again, this time using two coffee bags.

              This time I left the drink to brew for a full 7 minutes. I removed the bags and tried my second attempt at coffee bag coffee.

              First the aroma.....Mmmm...and what aroma might that be? My coffee certainly didn't have any!
              The colour however, was much better, more like the deep, dark coffee I usually enjoy.
              Now onto the all important part of the review, the taste of the coffee. It was the least 'coffee-like' coffee that I have ever come across, no flavour to speak of other than a hint of coffee. The drink also carried a bitter after taste, similar to the coffees one can buy with added chicory. In fact I double checked the packaging to see if there was chicory in the coffee bags, but no, this was just a rather bitter coffee.

              The worst part about the whole experience was to come when I finished my drink. A thick sludgy substance coated the bottom of my coffee mug. The thought that that sludge was probably coursing it's way around my digestive system was almost too much to contemplate, so I washed the cup hurried and gave up on coffee bags!

              ==Manufacturer Details==

              Made in Italy for Gala Coffee Ltd and marketed under the 'Lyons' trade name. Further details may be obtained from their website
              www.coffeeperfection.com

              Postal address for Gala Coffee

              Gala Coffee Ltd,
              The Roastery,
              Riverside Way,
              Dartford,
              Kent,
              DA1 5BS

              The manufacturer states that the coffee bags are ideal for taking to work, travel, camping, sailing, for coffee in a rush or for 'just you'. The punch line is "Use Anywhere-all you need is a mug and a kettle"
              The product has been produced under the Rainforest Alliance guidelines and Lyons declare that the coffee bags are 30% Rainforest Alliance certified.

              ==My Thoughts & Conclusion==

              If you love your coffee as much as I do, give these a miss! The idea is great, but sadly in my opinion, the product simply isn't up to the job of producing a decent cup of coffee. It is a pity to have to say it, but I would prefer a cup of instant coffee over these coffee bags. An expensive impulse purchasing error!

              Thank you for reading
              ©brittle1906 February 2009
              This review is also on ciao.co.uk
              Update January 2013

              I tried these again recently at a friend's house and unfortunately they have not improved any!

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                27.11.2008 15:58
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                A Great Idea For Coffee On The Move

                I decided to try Lyons fresh ground coffee one cup bags as I do a lot of travelling. In the course of doing so I often stay in hotels and lodges where if there is a tea/coffee tray the ranges offered vary from the sublime to the ridiculous. Sometimes they are adorned with every kind of tea bag and coffee sachet you can imagine not to mention delicious biscuits, but often they are nothing more than a value packet of something which tastes awful. So when I saw these I thought "right get them they will do for this and for camping and other trips."

                I bought a box for £1.59 for 18 so they are a good buy for drinking on the move. I wouldn't buy them for home, but for work they would be good and could actually save money if you are one of the many who enjoy the odd take away coffee, or maybe if your colleagues are prone to helping themselves to your supplies when your back is turned. In this case you could slip some into your bag each day. The packing is really lavish. Each bag is enclosed in a large square wrapper so they keep fresh until you need them Normal come in silver and decaf in gold.

                So how do you make them? Well all you do is boil some water, open the sachet and let the water do the job. After 3 to 5 minutes you have a cup of coffee which tastes as good as if you had made it in a percolator.

                The coffee is certified 30% Rainforest Alliance which if you didn't know is an organisation which supports the growers to ensure they are cared for properly and that they are able to produce coffee in a sustainable way. This helps families in these countries and by choosing to buy the products you are contributing to the lives of many of whom some are totally dependant on coffee for their livehoods.The coffee is paid for at an agreed price and this protects the income of the farmers. The vegetation beside rivers and springs is protected which means that they can produce coffee for many years to come without destroying the environment There are also initiatives to help these communities live better lives by supporting them in areas such as health and education. No longer are companies solely about profit but are looking to the future to protect people and the lands from which they originate.

                The website www.coffeeperfection.com tells you all about Lyons coffee and if you follow the links on there you can send off for two free bags to try. I did and picked the decaf and then followed this up by buying 18 of the normal ones subsequently.

                I can't see them replacing normal coffee in our house as you have to dispose of the bag which is messy and really unnecessary, though if you are someone who maybe only has a very occasional cup of coffee these could be for you as they will always be fresh. For myself I will buy them for camping and travelling.

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                  08.11.2008 13:42
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                  A novel way of making brewed coffee that works...more or less.

                  Whilst I like coffee, I'd hardly consider myself a coffee aficionado. I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee, yet I am content to drink good quality instant. Still, freshly brewed coffee at home is a treat.

                  I'd heard about Lyons one-cup coffee bags. It turns out you can get a free sample (in fact, two free samples - there are two bags in the free sample pack - click here to get your own: http://www.coffeeperfection.com/our-coffee.php). I'm a sucker for free samples, so I filled in the e-form, and many weeks later (and I mean lots - maybe six weeks), these dropped through my letterbox.

                  Each bag was enclosed in a foil envelope (presumably for freshness). Lyons helpfully give me advice on what they are 'perfect' for (I love that - as if I need to be told when the time is right for a one-cup coffee bag - if I'm 'at work', or 'just you' or 'in a rush' or, my personal favourite, 'use anywhere.') on the front, and tell my how to use these bad boys on the back.

                  You bung the very large bag (the bags are round, and about double the size of a typical tea bag - the completely cover the bottom of the mug, and then some) in a mug, pour boiling water over it, and wait between 3 - 5 minutes - I split the difference and set my timer (yes, I'm weird that way) for 4 minutes. The instructions tell me that 'the coffee bag releases a rich coffee colour almost immediately' this, I suppose, is true.

                  After four minutes, I took the coffee bag out of the mug. This is a bit more of an effort than you might think, as the bag is so big. It drapes over the spoon like a giant amoeba, desperately attempting to ooze off. I let as much liquid drip out (I was reluctant to squeeze the bag too much, as coffee powder tends to be finer than tea leaves, so wanted to avoid sludge), and threw the bag out.

                  You really can smell the fresh coffee aroma (gawd, marketing speak has indeed infected me) immediately upon opening the bag, and continue once the water is poured. Once the bag was fished out, I could taste my cup of coffee (which had cooled sufficiently to sip). I use one sweetener and a splash of skimmed milk.

                  Coffee made using Lyons one-cup bag tastes of...coffee. It's nice. It does taste more like freshly brewed coffee than Nescafe Gold Blend instant. It has a slightly (and not unpleasant) bitter bite. After four minutes, it's reasonably strong (though I rather wish I'd left it for the full five minutes). It is, in short, a reasonably good cup of coffee. Until the end. And this is the downside.

                  Normally, when making coffee in a coffee maker or in a French press, the very fine coffee powder is left in the filter or the cafetiere. Because with these bags, you are making your coffee directly in the cup, the bitter sludge is left in your cup, thus making the last couple of mouthfuls extremely bitter - undrinkably so. Indeed, the last quarter of your cup of coffee becomes increasingly gloopy and bitter. I'd imagine this would be worse if you left the bag in for longer than I did, and if you squeezed the bag upon removal.

                  Are these bags a perfect replacement for fresh ground coffee? No. Are they an adequate replacement for instant? Yes, if you like your coffee a bit bitterer than instant - a bit more 'freshly ground' tasting. If you don't mind leaving the last couple of mouthfuls in the cup, and if you don't mind the slight mess that can result from the massive proportions of the bag itself, these bags may well be a good choice.

                  As of this writing, you can buy these bags online from Fresh Coffee: http://www.fresh-coffee.co.uk/shop/coffee-bags-from-lyons.html (gosh, there's a website for everything these days) at £2.95 for 125g - 18 bags. The same quantity costs £1.55 at Sainsbury's (now there's a no brainer for you - I know where I'd buy these suckers).

                  I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy these. They are ... ok. They're just nothing special. If you like fresh ground coffee, you will probably like the coffee made with these bags, though not quite so much as you like 'real' coffee. If you are generally satisfied with instant coffee, you will probably want to stick with instant. Your call.

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                    02.11.2008 16:37
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                    Clearly they are the future

                    Yesterday in the post I received a free sample of these 'Coffee Bags'. I don't remember asking for them, but it is always nice to get a gift in the post, makes a change from the usual junk anyway!

                    I love coffee, but as I have previously documented here on Dooyoo on more than one occasion - I am fairly lazy. I used to have a Coffee Percolator, but I found that remembering to buy the filters was a faff, and so was washing it. I then moved on to a cafetiere, which was better but every time it was used it had to be dismantled to be washed and putting it back together again was like a task on the Crystal Maze - I could hear Richard O'Brian's sarcastic comments every time I struggled with it... perhaps my imagination is overactive.

                    Anyway both options usually resulted in making too much coffee (a waste) and it going cold before we'd had enough (another waste). These days I get the cafetiere out when I have guests, but for that essential first cup of coffee when I get up, I am resigned to instant. Good instant, you understand - none of that Nescafe muck - I get Kenco or Douwe Egberts. But, that was until yesterday!

                    A Lyons One Cup is a larger than usual teabag, but with ground coffee instead of tea. It is a simple idea and one that really is surprising hasn't caught on before now. Seeing as it hasn't, and this is the first I've heard of it, I was a bit dubious, assuming that it wouldn't work. But why not? The principle is exactly the same - yet we've had one cup teabags for ever, and 'proper' coffee is still made in pots.

                    I tried it, and I can't find anything wrong with it. I don't say that lightly because I can usually find something to criticise - ok if I have to I will comment that there is rather a lot of packaging used. each bag is sealed in foil, presumably necessary to keep the freshness and flavour of the coffee. But that is it. The coffee was lovely. It was easy to make, simply pour hot water onto the bag in a mug or cup, leave for a few minutes (3-5) and then drink, with your choice of additional milk etc.

                    I was so impressed that later in the day I looked out this product in Tesco. Now, this goes against all my principles of freebies - if you purchase the item then the manufacturer has 'won'! In this case I have to admit defeat, I found that a box of 18 One Cup sachets (125g in total) was £1.53 and was seduced. I have yet to measure out my jar of Instant Coffee granules teaspoon by teaspoon to see how many cups I get to the jar - but my guess is that the One Cup filter coffee is not much more expensive.

                    These are handy to take with you, maybe to work if they insist on having rubbish coffee, you'd save a fortune in nipping out to Starbucks. Also good if you're the only coffee drinker in the house and so making a pot isn't economical. Lyons suggest that you should carry a sachet everywhere you go - but as you also need milk (in my case at least) I'm not sure that there are all that many applications outside the house. For the time being I am very happy with using them for my breakfast coffee.

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                      A fabulous invention

                      I spend a fortune on coffee at work, usually buying at least one latte a day from our starbucks, and although this is subsidised it still costs a lot.

                      So in an effort to save money I thought I'd give something different a try, as I find instant ground coffee falls a bit flat after yummy starbucks!

                      In Tesco the bags are around about £1.85 for 18 bags, which works out to the equivalent of one Starbucks Latte for me! 18:1 is a pretty good ratio, no?

                      The coffee tastes much like one from a cafietere, it is a mid strength coffee, and the bags come individually foil wrapped, they do look like round teab bags, but are a fair bit bigger. They are one cup bags, but I do think if you prefer weaker coffee you could quite easily get more than one cup out of them. Like teabags once you have squeezed them you throw them away!

                      One downside is the slight grittyness that seeps out of the bag at times, its frustrating when you get to the end of the cup and there is extra coffee, but then this happens to me when I use a cafietere anyway.

                      Overall, they work well, taste good, and save me a fair bit of money! And I get to drink my coffee out of a mug rather than paper or plastic cups!

                      Edited to add:
                      In response to one of my comments, each coffee bag comes individually wrapped in foil, so they keep fresh that way!! Thanks ImVeryNice :D

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                        A great idea poorly executed

                        I'm always more than happy to try out new products, especially when they're on offer and all the more so if I was going to buy a similar product in the first place. That's how I came to buy Lyon's coffee bags; a need for coffee and a special offer sealed my fate.

                        I'd heard of coffee bags before and reaction to them had been positive but I'd not actually tried them. They seemed like a very good idea though.

                        The coffee bags look rather like over-sized tea bags. To give you an idea of size they are about the diameter of the kind of mugs that are given away free in promotions. According to the packaging they are ideal for individual use whether at home or on the go and when you don't have a coffee maker to hand. All you need is a cup and a kettle! Well, that's the theory.

                        Certainly, the fact that the bags are individually wrapped in foil bags makes them ideal for transporting and keeps the coffee fresh. I'm not happy about the packaging though - it's not recyclable and, quite frankly, I can think of better, less environmentally harming ways of keeping small amounts of coffee fresh and easy to transport.

                        Preparation of your coffee is simple - add bag to mug, add water and wait. Ideal brewing time is around 3-5 minutes. Personally I've found that 5 is about the minimum though to achieve a well-rounded flavour. I think that part of the issue is that the coffee bags are so big they are unable to move in the cup and so the coffee brewing gets "stuck". I guess it's rather like making tea in a mug compared to a pot - the pot will always be preferable.

                        When you've reached the ideal strength you simply remove the bag, adulterate your coffee as desired and drink. Removing the bag isn't that straightforward in reality. Again, the size of the bag gets in the way. It flops over a teaspoon and is awkward to squeeze out. Too much squeezing will introduce fine grounds into your coffee too.

                        One big plus of these bags is the aroma - if you didn't know better you'd be looking round the kitchen for the coffee percolator! The aroma is rich and well-rounded and leads you to believe that you have a taste delight awaiting you. For a one-cup product the aroma is fantastic and far above expectations. I could see a use for these if you are selling a house!

                        Lyons sell this coffee as an alternative to "proper" coffee (as opposed to instants). Undoubtedly the taste tends more to the fresh than the instant with a smooth, well rounded flavour. Brewing times really do matter here though. Left in the cup for too short a time will leave you with a thin, insubstantial flavour. Thankfully, leaving in the cup for too long doesn't produce an over-baked, bitter taste but it will alter the texture of the coffee giving a grittier feel. Personally, to achieve the depth of flavour I'm looking for I do end up with a slightly gritty, dry coffee that, although tasting good on drinking, leaves one with a particularly dry finish. Thankfully there's no bitter taste, no matter how long you leave the coffee to brew and, remarkably, as the coffee cools (something it often does when there's a toddler in the house) the taste remains smooth. You will notice, however, that if you leave a cup to stand, fine grounds will collect in quite a quantity at the bottom of the mug necessitating the last bit of coffee to be left undrunk.

                        If I were to liken the coffee flavour to something I'd say it was rather like a mild Italian blend comprising arabica beans, smooth and lacking in nuttiness. The blend used also uses robusta beans but the taste from these is less evident. Adding milk and sugar enhances the favour in my opinion and brings out a chocolatey finish. This is not a coffee I like to drink black (unlike my favourite - Jamaican Blue Mountain).

                        If I were to express a preference then I prefer the bags to most instants as they do produce a far more authentic drink. However, I'm not convinced that the faff of making the coffee (which on paper should be simple but takes time and a cloth to wipe up the drips from the bag) is worth the inconvenience when compared to a good instant. If I want proper coffee I'll wait till I have the tools to do it and then I'm more than capable of making a one cup serving!

                        I think these are a good idea but unfortunately the execution isn't perfect. I imagine that these might be good for hotels where, traditionally, you are able to select a teabag with which to make your tea as it gives a good coffee alternative. I don't see them catching on in the domestic market though as they're too fussy for non-coffee aficionados and not good enough for coffee lovers.

                        For those who care, the coffee is ethically sourced under the Rainforest Alliance scheme (Lyons being the first company to bring this Alliance to market), however, in my mind, their green credentials fall straight away with the excess packaging for a domestic market - why not just have a resealable bag?

                        If you're after a one-cup product then personally I'd opt for a one-cup filter like Rombouts where you'll get a choice of blends and there's less fuss to make the drink!


                        If you want to give them a try before you buy then a trip to their website www.coffeeperfection.com will see a free sample winging its way to you.

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                          21.04.2008 13:48
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                          Fresh ground coffee in a bag

                          When it comes to the weekly shop I tend to do it on my own and I much prefer this as I have full control over what goes into the cupboards but this weekend my better half decided he was going to come with me and as he was in a better mood than normal the shopping took a lot longer to get done as he spent time browsing the aisles the result of which was this product getting added to the trolley.

                          *~*Who are Lyons?*~*

                          Lyons have been offering coffee perfection since 1904 using coffee beans from Central and South America for their quality and flavour.

                          Lyons offer a Rainforest Alliance with their products which simply means that the farms that their coffee is grown the premium paid ensures that the highest standards of sustainability, environmental conservation and social responsibility are maintained.

                          *~*Coffee Bags??*~*

                          When my partner said how he wanted Coffee Bags I thought he was going mad but a colleague in his workplace had recommended them to him and he set about locating them in our local Tesco Store.

                          Offering original and decaffenated are currently available and both retail at £1.89 for 18 individual bags.

                          The coffee bags are similar to tea bags except they are a little larger and they are ideal for use at home, at work, in a rush or anywhere else really as all you need is a mug and a kettle and milk it you take it in your coffee.

                          Contained in the big silver cardboard box are 18 individual foil wrapped bags to keep them fresh. To the bottom of the box is a handy little dispenser so you can just grab one as and when you want one from the box.

                          The coffee is rated medium strength and this can be seen on the box that rates Lyons coffee from 1-5 in terms of strength.

                          *~*How do they work?*~*

                          In a similar manner to a tea bag really. Each tea bag is individually wrapped and there is a green arrow to the top right hand side of the sachet to indicate where to open and retrieve the coffee bag.

                          Simply put the bag into a mug, yes a full size mug not a cup as most products seem to base their measurements on, and pour on freshly boiled water and the coffee bag then begins to get released.

                          The water instantly gets darker as the coffee begins to react with the water and I find that you have to push the bag back down to the bottom as the air keeps bringing it right back up to the top!

                          The fantastic thing about this coffee is the aroma its much better than instant as the aroma fills the room it really is like freshly brewed coffee, I leave the bag in the mug for approximately 3 minutes and this gives me the desired strength but you can leave it a little longer if you want a stronger coffee.

                          My partner loves these and absolutely swears by them, on the first day we bought them I found him having 2 coffees one after the other and at £1.89 a box I cannot see them lasting all that long.

                          I have to admit that I prefer them to instant as well, although I am not a real coffee lover when I do have a coffee I like it black and strong and these bags allow me to have a real Americano in my living room without that bitter taste that you get from instant coffee.

                          Once you get to the end of your coffee you will find some remains at the bottom of your mug which I find a little annoying with the last mouthful.

                          For convenience these really work and are ideal to take to work if you have access to a kettle, although we do have a coffee machine at home by the time we get it out of the cupboard and set it all up and get the coffee brewing I could be halfway through enjoying my mug of coffee with less washing up to do!

                          So if you want a fresh tasting coffee without the hassle and inconvenience of using a coffee machine then these could be your answer.

                          If you want to give them a try visit their website for a free sample at www.coffeeperfection.com.

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                          Individual coffee satchets.