Coffee review: Raw Bean’s brand new Bean Bags

Adam Lowe

Bagged coffee isn’t quite a new thing, with sort-of-tea-bag-like coffee servings already a thing at some hotels. But Raw Bean has undoubtedly been inspired by the connoisseur revolution in tea bags – taking, for example, the pyramidal shape favoured by artisanal tea brands and using it for your cup of coffee. Indeed, these look just like high-end tea bags but for their distinctive coffee aroma.

Forget cleaning out your filter, caffetiere or – worse still – that stovetop espresso maker you bought. With Bean Bags you can pop a bag into your mug, leave it to brew for three minutes, and whack it straight into the bin. Done!

We were lucky enough to try all three varieties: the Breakfast Blend, Striking El Salvador and Definitely Decaf.

The Breakfast Blend is a blend of Colombian and Guatemalan ground coffee with subtle hints of roasted hazelnut, caramel and honey. It’s sooth and nutty for a flavoursome boost.

The Striking El Salvador is rich and fruity, with a dark chocolate sweetness, and perfect to drink any time of day.

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Definitely Decaf is your go-to evening beverage, with a smooth, creamy body and hints of walnut and dark cocoa.

The convenience of these, paired with the great taste, make them a great option. They’re not as strong, obviously, as those brewed from your Nespresso machine, which makes these perfect for everyday use – and they’re more environmentally conscious too. You don’t need any funky contraptions or brewing techniques – nothing more complicated than a kettle and a cup is required. I’m sold on these – I think they’ll become my new daily coffee of choice!

More information

Top Tips fromRaw Bean for getting the best brew:
1. Squeeze after adding water
2. Brew for three minutes
3. Squeeze once more
4. Enjoy!

Priced from £4.50 for 10 bags (or £3.75 per 100g), Bean Bags are currently available in three varieties: Breakfast Blend (strength 4), El Salvador (strength 3) and a 100% chemical free Definitely Decaffeinated (strength 4).

SPECIAL OFFER: 33% off using the code ‘SQUEEZEME33’ until Wednesday 26 April at Raw Bean.

Raw Bean Bean Bags are available at Waitrose Stores and online at Raw Bean.

About Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people. He sometimes performs as Beyonce Holes.