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Why drink instant coffee when you can have all the convenience of instant coffee, with the great, rich flavour of freshly roasted coffee? Drip bag coffee has revolutionized how we make coffee at home, giving us access to the deep flavours of an expertly roasted bean from the comfort of our kitchen. With these versatile bags, you can make a great-tasting cup of drip filter coffee absolutely anywhere, just as long as you’ve got hot water! 

What is Drip Bag Coffee?

The simplest ideas are often the best ones, and this is certainly true of drip bag coffee. What if we were to tell you that you could enjoy your favourite aromatic, rich coffee roasted by us at Portfolio Coffee, absolutely anywhere? Sounds too good to be true? 

With our drip coffee bags, you get an easy-to-use paper brewer, pre-filled with the exact amount of coffee grounds needed to make an irresistible cup of fresh coffee. All too often, we sacrifice quality coffee for the convenience of instant coffee when we’re making coffee on the go. But with drip bag coffee, you’ll be able to savour the delicious richness of a real cup of drip filter coffee, like the Equilibrio Rescue Pack, all from the comfort of your home, office, or even (dare we say it), campsite! 

This ingenious device is similar in concept to a tea bag but has the added benefit of two paper flaps that anchor to the side of your coffee cup or mug. These simple flaps stop the coffee drip bag from falling into your cup and, most importantly, elevates the coffee grounds so you can make a satisfying pour-over coffee, in the same way as a traditional coffee maker. 

How to Brew Coffee with a Drip Coffee Bag

Using a drip coffee bag to brew coffee is as easy as 1-2-3 – in fact, it’s a three-step process! 

At Portfolio Coffee, our drip coffee bags are individually packaged and pre-filled with exactly 15g of our freshest, roasted coffee grounds. This is the perfect drip coffee ratio for an 8oz cup of coffee. 

To start, grab your drip coffee bag and tear along the dotted line, by hand. This opens up your paper filter. Go ahead, take a breath – you’ll get an enormously satisfying waft of roasted coffee beans. By now, your brain is probably sending you signals to get on with it so you can take that first, relaxing sip!

Next, unfold the two paper flaps at the side of the paper filter and anchor them over the sides of your cup or mug. Our coffee drip bags are designed to fit over most cups and mugs. 

Finally, bring your water to a boil and then allow it to cool for a few minutes – you’re aiming for 203°F. The perfect temperature is vital for an A+ cup of Joe. Slowly pour enough water to wet your coffee grounds. Wait for 20 seconds to allow the coffee grounds to brew, then slowly top up with more hot water in short intervals to allow the water to drip through. Remove the filter and finish up the way you like it. 

What is the Difference Between Drip Coffee & Brewed Coffee?

Brewed coffee is a general term that refers to any coffee beverage, regardless of how it is prepared. This can include coffee that is made using a French press, percolator, coffee machine, or drip filter. In short, drip filter coffee is just one type of brewed coffee. 

So what is drip coffee? Drip filter coffee is a convenient and inexpensive way of making fresh coffee. Simply add your chosen coffee grounds to a filter, then pour hot water over the top and allow the coffee essence to drip into your mug or coffee jug. The result is a delicious cup of steaming hot coffee, but it can be tricky to get the strength of your coffee just right, and it can be messy. But our coffee drip bags take away all of the hassles as they come prepared with the perfect drip coffee ratio and a filter design that leaves no mess to clean up. 

Another popular method of brewing coffee is the French press, where coffee grounds are placed into a glass vessel and hot water is added. After the coffee has brewed the desired amount of time, press the plunger down and pour the brewed coffee into your favourite mug. Of course, coffee machines give you the ultimate control over your brewed coffee, even allowing you to keep it warm if you’re not quite ready to drink it yet!

Why is Drip Bag Coffee so Popular?

Although the coffee drip bag has been around in some shape or form for over 30 years, it has only recently risen to stardom. Over the past decade, it is roasted coffee has dominated the Canadian coffee market, making up 93% of all coffee revenue, pre-pandemic. 

Since the pandemic began, we have been more conscious of hygiene than ever. With the coffee drip bag, coffee handling is kept to a minimum ensuring that everything is kept clean. These neat little bags also ensure that the drip coffee ratio is kept consistent, meaning you’ll get the perfect cup of coffee – every time. 

Drip coffee bags are highly portable and don’t take a lot of room to store, unlike a drip coffee machine. Best of all, they’re extremely easy to use – just grab a mug and some hot water, et voilá! You can enjoy drip bag coffee virtually anywhere – at home, at the office, or even on a hike! 

And when you’re done? Pop the coffee grounds in your compost and depending on what your coffee drip bag is made from, pop that in the bin or recycling. No more cleaning out the coffee machine or the French press! 

Recommended Drip Bag Coffees to Try

Just about any type of coffee grounds can be used with drip coffee bags, which is what makes them so versatile. For the best results, though, you’ll want to choose the right drip coffee grind size to ensure you get the maximum flavour in your coffee cup. At Portfolio Coffee, we’ve taken some of the guesswork out for you, with our range of premium drip bag coffees. 

Drip Bag Coffee – Equilibrio Rescue Pack

This well-balanced, medium roast coffee is made up of a delicious blend of coffee beans that hail from Brazil and Nicaragua. With a relatively strong flavour profile, you’ll get notes of dark chocolate, cashew and caramel that are rounded off with a light floral flavour from your cup of Equilibrio coffee. 

Drip Bag Coffee – Fazenda Eldorado Rescue Pack

Our Fazenda Eldorado coffee grounds originate from the world-renowned coffee region of Alta Mogiana in Brazil. Grown by a local coffee farmer with over 70 years of experience, you know your coffee mug is in safe hands. A fairly strong, full-bodied coffee, with delicious notes of cherry, hints of hazelnuts and more-ish chocolate, you’ll be able to savour this coffee flavour long after the last gulp. 

Drip Bag Coffee – Inga Aponte Rescue Pack

A single-origin dark roast coffee bean that comes to us from Colombia, the Inga Aponte coffee is a strong, satisfying coffee. This full-bodied coffee tastes slightly of cocoa, married with hints of plum and sugar cane, and since it comes in a drip bag, you can enjoy it anywhere you want!l

Frequently Asked Questions 

How many times can I use a drip coffee bag?

Since a drip coffee bag contains fresh, roasted coffee grounds, it can only be used once. Roasted coffee grounds start to dissolve in hot water and release the delicious oils and flavours contained within them – once they’re gone, they’re gone! 

If you do try to reuse your drip coffee bag, just be aware that your next cup of coffee will taste more like coffee-flavoured water. You simply won’t get the same rich taste of a fresh cup of coffee. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! 

How long does the drip coffee bag stay fresh?

At Portfolio Coffee, our drip coffee bags are individually packed and sealed to ensure that your coffee grounds stay as fresh as possible. Ideally, your drip coffee bags should be stored in a slightly cool, dry area, away from direct sunlight. Our roasted coffee typically peaks in flavour around 5-7 days after roasting and tastes best if enjoyed within 4 weeks. 

Is drip coffee stronger than espresso?

In layman’s terms, coffee strength can have a few different meanings, depending upon who you’re talking to. In the strictest technical sense, coffee strength is measured by “total dissolved solids'', meaning the volume of coffee solids that are dissolved in the water. The average drip coffee is around 8 oz in volume and is made with 15g of coffee grounds, whereas the average single espresso is around 1oz in volume and is made with 6-8g of coffee grounds. With a little simple maths, it’s clear that drip coffee is less concentrated than espresso and is less strong than an espresso. 

However, some people take coffee strength to mean the amount of caffeine or the strength of flavour from the roasted coffee. In these cases, the strength is more dependent on the coffee beans, the coffee grind size and the roasting method, than the brewing method. 

How do I preserve drip coffee bags?

Our drip coffee bags are individually sealed for maximum freshness. The great news is that you can store them up until they’re best before date, with no detriment to quality. For the best results, store your drip coffee bags in a cool, dry area, out of direct sunlight. Check out our blog for tips on how to store your coffee beans. 

Did you know that after you’ve brewed your drip coffee, whether, from one of our drip coffee bags or roasted coffee grounds, you can pop it in a sealed container and store it in the fridge for around 3-4 days. It might not taste as good as a freshly brewed drip coffee, but with a little cream and sugar, you’ll still get a decent iced coffee! 

Does drip coffee have a stronger flavour profile than espresso?

Coffee flavour is determined by a few factors: the coffee beans themselves, the coffee grind size and the roasting method. 

When it comes to choosing a coffee bean for your coffee, you’re in full control regardless of your brewing method. A coffee like the Fazenda Eldorado Rescue Pack has a medium roast with a medium-intensity flavour. Alternatively, choosing a coffee like the Inga Aponte Rescue Pack will give you a dark roast and a bean with a much stronger flavour profile. If you’ve not yet discovered your favourite coffee bean, then our Coffee Subscription can help! 

As a general rule of thumb, the coffee grind size determines how long the coffee will take to extract. A finer coffee grind size can give you a stronger-tasting coffee. Our drip coffee grind size is expertly chosen to complement the single-use paper filter and gives the perfect strength of drip coffee. 

Is drip coffee healthier than instant coffee?

In short, it’s unclear whether drip coffee is healthier than instant coffee. Due to the way instant coffee is made, it may contain more antioxidants and less caffeine than regularly brewed coffees, like drip coffee. 

On the flip side, some studies have found that instant coffee may contain as much as twice the amount of acrylamide as regularly brewed coffee. Whilst the impact of acrylamide on our bodies is uncertain, many health organizations around the world advise us to minimize our exposure to the substance. Check out our blog if you want to find out more. 

But as drip bag coffees are just as convenient as instant coffee and provide you with a richer coffee experience, we think the switch from instant to coffee drip bags is a no-brainer!

Is drip coffee gluten-free? 

Coffee is naturally gluten-free, and so by extension, drip filter coffee is gluten-free. The great news is that, unlike other pre-prepared, commercial ready-made coffees, our drip coffee bags contain roasted coffee grounds and nothing else! There are no additives or preservatives that may contain gluten.
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