What Are Single Serve Coffee Bags?

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I have never been an advocate of instant coffee, with so many quick coffee brewing methods at hand, like AeroPress, anyone can brew a tasty cup of coffee at about the same time.

But I understand well that many people do not have the time or desire to weigh and grind their coffee themselves.

With many people looking for fast and quick coffee brewing methods and demanding something far better than regular instant coffee bags, filter bags for single coffee offer both specialty coffee and convenience at an affordable price.

The coffee packs for one serving are a step up from regular instant coffee or coffee pads, and they offer fast and convenient results and an achievable path to specialty coffee for anyone who otherwise would not have the opportunity.


A brief look at The Single Serve Coffee Market

Since its inception in the 1970s, the disposable coffee market has come by leaps and bounds and continues to grow significantly year after year.

Driven by the demand for a fast and time-saving way to brew coffee without the hassle of using a traditional automatic drip coffee machine, quick and easy coffee options such as coffee bags and coffee pads came on the scene in the late 1980s and 90s.

Coffee pillows and Keurig K-cups have dominated the coffee scene with one serving, where both Nespresso and Keurig have taken most of the market share for many years.

However, coffee bags for single serving have seen an emergence in recent years, with many major brands, such as Folgers and Maxwell House, launching their coffee products on the market.

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The specialty coffee scene has also embraced single-brewed coffee bags, making it easy for producers to deliver high-quality, pre-weighed and ground doses of coffee to the average consumer via nitrogen-sealed coffee filter packages.

Coffee bags can be brewed by simply adding hot water, which eliminates the need for a coffee grinder or other expensive brewing equipment.

In addition, coffee bags are typically made from filter paper or other plant-based materials so that they are 100% biodegradable, in contrast to the plastic and aluminum coffee pad intended for the landfill.

Types of disposable coffee bags

Disposable coffee filter packages tend to come in two main variants: regular “coffee bags” and “pour over coffee bags”. Both varieties take the guesswork out of brewing a delicious, tasty cup of coffee.

Let’s take a closer look at each type of coffee filter bag for a single serving.

Coffee bags

coffee filter bags for single serving

Coffee bags look and feel like a regular tea bag. Take out the inside coffee bag and then soak it in warm water for about four minutes before removing it.

The soaked coffee can be as strong or as weak as you want, depending on how long you leave the bag immersed in the hot water. You can also use the bag to make cold brewed coffee!

For the consumer, only boiling water and a cup are required, just like regular instant coffee. However, the quality of the coffee found inside a coffee bag is often far better than the processed instant alternative.

Specialty coffee producers then hand-pick, shake and grind the coffee, after which the coffee grounds are sealed and nitro-rinsed in an outer bag to ensure freshness over a longer period. Once you open the bag, you get coffee that is almost as good as freshly ground.

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The coffee bags are biodegradable, and the outer packaging is often made of renewable and compostable materials.

Because paper is completely biodegradable, coffee bags and sachets provide a more viable solution for companies entering the single-serving coffee sector.

Pour over coffee bags

single-brewed coffee bags

Another popular variant of the coffee bag is a filter-style bag that is effectively a disposable sideboard over the coffee maker.

Pouring the coffee filter bag is nothing new. In fact, they first appeared in the early 1990s in Japan.

With the advent of the third wave coffee movement, specialty coffee makers have begun to embrace the pour-over bag to deliver high quality coffee to the masses.

Instead of investing in a manual pouring of the coffee maker, such as the V60 or Kalita Wave, the filter bag simply opens and the user then hangs two tabs on his cup. Inside the filter is perfectly ground coffee measured correctly.

Like the coffee filter bags and the regular tea bag, the pour over filter bags are made from biodegradable materials.

Not only do you get excellent quality coffee, but these coffee bags are far more sustainable compared to aluminum coffee pads.

Are coffee bags good?

Here at Bean Ground, we are not big on instant coffee, but we understand well that there is a demand for a quick cup of coffee.

Instant coffee bags like those produced by Nescafe typically use a cheaper quality coffee bean. The bitter taste and nuances are then masked with additives and additional flavors.

So what’s the point of coffee bags? With a coffee bag, you get really ground coffee, just like you would if you ventured into a specialty coffee bar, or if you had ground your own from whole bean coffee.

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The coffee has been properly dosed and ground perfectly and then sealed in individual bags. So are coffee bags good? Yes, compared to regular instant coffee, coffee filter bags are better in every way.

If you regularly brew coffee using instant bags, switching to coffee bags will give you the same convenience, but with a far better product.


If you do not want to bother and the extra costs associated with buying a coffee grinder, purchasing fresh whole coffee beans, buying coffee filters, and then the work required to nail these coffee brewing conditions perfectly every time, the coffee bag is an excellent innovation that will bring specialty coffee for you.

Coffee bags provide a better coffee quality compared to regular instant coffee bags. In fact, coffee packs are almost on par with fresh coffee that you would grind and brew using a wide variety of gear. With coffee bags, everything you need to brew a cup of delicious coffee can fit in your pocket.

For a small initial investment, however, an AeroPress would be a better option than a coffee bag that allows you to easily brew a quick cup of coffee.

Sure, there is a little bit more involved, but compared to most other coffee machines, preparation with AeroPress is a puzzle, and the cleanup takes less than a minute.

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