True coffee lovers make too many sacrifices to enjoy a great Cup of Joe. On a hurried morning, we’ll settle for filtered coffee, or wait in a long queue for expensive takeaway. At work, a cup of tea helps avoid instant coffee, or burnt coffee sitting for an hour in a glass carafe. On a camping holiday, a cup of great coffee is miles away. Forget all the sacrifices. Steeped Coffee is the answer.

What is steeped coffee?

Let's start here. Steeped coffee is not a way of serving coffee, it is a brewing method. All coffee brewing is all about exposing coffee grounds to hot water. With cold brew, the same principle is at play, but hot water is substituted for cold and extracted for a longer time. Espresso, Moka Pot, French Press, Chemex, and Aeropress brewing, to mention a few, all require special equipment, and some of them are not suitable for travel. Steeped coffee, on the other hand, is a brewing method without any equipment whatsoever.

If you know how to make a cup of tea from tea bags, you know how to make steeped coffee. You submerge a coffee bag into a cup of boiling water, dip it around a bit, and wait a few minutes. As with tea, the longer you leave the bag in the water, the stronger the coffee. The steeping bag is a bit different from a tea bag; it is larger and has a linen-like feel to it. Once the steeping is done, you throw away the bag, and you’ve got a smooth, flavorful cup of the good stuff! There is no doubt about it; Steeped coffee is the easiest way to make a great cup of coffee.

Is steeped coffee the same as instant coffee?

Absolutely not. Most instant coffee is made using a freeze-drying process. Coffee is brewed down to a concentrate and is chilled to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the mixture is the consistency of slush, a drum or tray is used to chill the mixture until it is -40 degrees Fahrenheit. At this point, the coffee is a frozen slab. Next, the frozen coffee is broken into granules and goes through a drying vacuum to vaporize the ice, leaving behind granules of instant coffee. Yuk!

Steeped coffee bags are filled with the perfect amount of coffee grounds for hot water emersion. It’s similar to French Press, except there's no clean-up. In other words, steeped coffee retains the profile of the specialty beans, and creates a rich, slightly acidic, cup of coffee. Steeped Coffee Bags from Chamberlain Coffee is packaged in bags for perfect single-serve coffee brewing.

Steeped coffee saves the planet!

In recent years, single-serve coffee has become popular. The reining brewing method is to use coffee pods and a special single-serve brewing machine. The pods themselves are made either from aluminum or plastic. Once the coffee is brewed, the pod is ejected into a drawer until you throw it in the trash. Coffee pods are not made from recyclable material. If you care about the environment, coffee pods are the wrong choice.

They are made from eco-friendly and renewable materials. Once you’ve made your cup of coffee, throw the bag into your composter and celebrate your contribution to a better planet. While we’re at it, insist on fair trade coffee ensuring fair worker wages and protecting their welfare.

In an attempt to avoid any disposal, people have tried to steep coffee by putting grounds into a tea bag or defuser. It doesn’t work. The bags are designed to ensure the right level of interaction between the coffee and the hot water. The holes in defusers are much too large, allowing some of the grounds to escape into the water, resulting in a bitter cup of coffee. Why would you want to do this anyway? You have to grind the beans, weigh the grounds, and place them into a tea bag or defuser. Steeped coffee bags use the perfect ratio between the grounds and water, and the bag is purpose-designed.

Can steeped coffee be used for cold brew?

You bet. Using steeped coffee bags is the easiest way to make cold brew without all the mess. We recommend using the Chamberlain Cold Brew Mason Jar. Get your hands on three quality bags and put them in the jar. Fill the jar with water, seal it, and leave it to do its thing for twelve hours or more. You can either put the jar in the fridge overnight or leave it on the counter at room temperature. That’s it! You’ve got a flavor-packed, smooth cold brew.

What to look for

Buying steeped coffee bags is the same as buying any other specialty coffee beans and ought to be selected with the same care. We’ve put together a list of considerations when buying steeped coffee bags. Coffee has no expiry date, but instead, the roasting date is critical. Ideally, the coffee in the bag should have been roasted within two weeks of your purchase. Chamberlain Coffee offers steeped coffee bags made with coffee roasted on demand.

1.    Select steeped coffee for its flavor profile. Remember, the grounds in a bag come from quality beans. Like with beans, consider the growing region, coffee processing, and roast level. Steeped Coffee is a brewing method, and the flavor in the cup comes entirely from the beans.

2.    Look for fair trade coffee. Fairtrade guarantees the coffee is sourced from farmers who pay their workers a fair wage and have concern for their welfare.

3.    Be sure the packaging is made of renewable  materials. Our steeped bags meet this criterion, and are made from renewable, plant-based, non-GMO, certified commercially compostable material.

4.    Follow the directions on the package. Most steeped coffee is made the same way, but some roasters and retailers provide recommendations on the label. Steep the coffee for several minutes if you want a stronger brew.

We’ve tried a lot of blends, but could not find one that fulfilled all of our needs. Therefore we decided to make our own Careless Cat Steeped Coffee Bags. First of all, they meet all of the considerations above. The blend of beans sourced from the Americas delivers warm notes of toasted almonds, semi-sweet chocolate, butterscotch candy, and raisin. This blend is half-caffeinated, setting it apart from most other steeped coffee on the market. It’s delicious and perfect for a single serving! Just pour hot water over the bags and you can get a high delicious brew within five minutes.

All of our products from Chamberlain coffee are roasted in California, which ensures high quality and delicious coffee.

It doesn’t get easier than steeped coffee

If you haven’t tried steeped coffee, you’re missing out on something special. When you’re in a hurry in the morning, just dunk a steeped coffee bag in hot water, wait a few minutes, and you’re drinking a great cup of coffee. When you’re in a hotel, say goodbye to those horrible sachets of instant coffee. On vacation, or beside a campfire, a good cup of steeped coffee couldn’t be better. All you need is boiling water, a cup, and a steeped coffee bag. And, you’re helping the environment at the same time. All brewing methods have their place. You owe it to yourself to try this one.

Happy steeping!