“ Brand: Sainsbury's „
I tried these when there was a supply problem with the Lyons "Coffee Break" bags I usually use, and was very disapponted. The bags are tiny; tearing them open always involves spilled grains. The cardboard wings are so small they only fit onto the rim of a very small mug, and it takes three or four refills with water to get a decent small cup. The flavour is excellent, and if the bags were large, and meant to be used like tea-bags (like the Lyons bags) I'd continue to use them, but they are too fiddly and inconvenient, and not as good value as the Lyons box of 18. Not a good advert for Sainsbury's own brands, I'm afraid.
I absolutely love coffee. It kickstarts my day and I really can't get revved until I've had my two cups of best Columbian. However, on the days I go into the office, I'm in such a rush to get out of the house that I'm often running on empty by the time I get to my desk but with these excellent coffee bags from Sainsburys, I've found the perfect solution to refuelling.
I've always found, with one or two exceptions, that the Sainsburys own label range offer products of equal quality at much less cost than their brand name equivalents. My philosophy with own label products has always been to begin with the Value range and if I don't like that, I move up to the next level until I find a product that I do like, which is how I discovered these particular coffee bags.
Price and availability:
This box of 10 individually wrapped coffee bags are sold in most branches of Sainsburys and currently retail at £1.79 per box. As this works out at just under 18p per cup of coffee, they're pretty good value when compared to how much a mug of coffee from Starbucks or Costa Coffee or similar establishments would set you back.
Sainsburys also produce a Taste the Difference version of these coffee bags, retailing at around £1.92. I've tried these as well and in all honesty I couldn't taste the difference at all!
I've found in the past that some of the individual coffee filters on the market can be a bit hit and miss, certainly with regard to the size of the filter and the strength of the brew. The individual one cup coffee filters, similar to Rombouts, are sometimes a less than perfect fit to the cup and tend to wobble precariously when filled with water. On top of that, the filtration can be very slow and the brew produced is often pretty weak, especially if brewing into a coffee mug rather than a cup, as well as being less than piping hot by the time all the water has filtered through and you've added the milk. I've also tried the coffee bags which work on the same principle as teabags and they don't generally produce the perfect brew either.
The Sainsburys filter coffee bags, however, come with a unique one-size-fits-all system. Each bag is individually foil wrapped for freshness and has a tear-off strip along the top with a cardboard sleeve which opens out to reveal two hooks which fit across the rim of the coffee mug. The boiling water, or more exactly water that is just off the boil, is poured onto the coffee and filters through very quickly, although the filter does need topping up a time or two.
The box is fairly unprepossessing in appearance - black with a picture of one of the filters being used, and it's easy to overlook this wonderful product which is usually sitting on the bottom shelf alongside filter papers, and the aforementioned Rombouts individual filters. The box has full instructions on the side on how to make the perfect cup of coffee and apart from the foil wrappers, everything can be recycled including the used coffee bags which are suitable for going into the compost bin.
The coffee used in these bags is made from 100% Arabica beans. These beans which are grown at higher altitude are regarded by those in the know as the supreme coffee bean. The beans are sourced from Columbia through the Fairtrade organisation and, again, Columbian coffee beans are considered one of the best in the world. The 75g of ground coffee in each bag is enough to fill a large sized mug, and produces a rich, aromatic and tasty drink of coffee.
If you enjoy a decent cup of coffee, I highly recommend you try the Sainsburys filter coffee bags. They are excellent value for money and provide a cup of coffee to equal any you'll ever buy from Starbucks or any of the other overpriced coffee outlets in our towns and cities.