I’m all for an easy life, (jeez we can do with all the help we can get right!?!) but coffee… in a bag… I really don’t know what I feel about that!
Lyons Coffee bags are sold in packs of 18 and each coffee bag is individually wrapped in its own foil pouch, ready to be ripped open, bunged in a mug and have boiling water poured all over it. Basically it’s everything a teabag is, but filled with coffee. So I get that, and I get that there’s a convenience factor, but as someone who gets proper freaked out by the sight of soggy bags, I’m not entirely convinced I want my coffee world rocked in that way.
But… I’m willing to put my strange fears aside and for the sake of my readers give them a go… deep breaths!
The bags are available in 4 different varieties:
- No 2 – Light & Smooth
- No 3 – Rich & Full Bodied (the ones I’m testing out)
- No 4 – Dark & Intense
Which firstly begs the question – what about No 1? – surely it’s not just me thinking that!?!
Anyway I’m getting distracted; clearly I need a cup of coffee to clear the morning brain, so let’s pop on the kettle.
I like my coffee strong, with the tiniest dash of milk – my friends always tell me that if they make me a cuppa that looks like the bottom of a murky riverbed, then they know they’ve got it right – and the intense smell of the coffeebag as I rip open the foil gives me confidence that I’m not about to be disappointed. The directions on the packaging say to brew the bag for 3-4 minutes, or longer if you like a stronger flavour, so I leave mine in for a couple more minutes.
I’m always 100% honest in my reviews, and I’m not one to beat around the bush, so what did I really think about these Lyons Coffee bags… well… they’re alright. It’s not the best cup of coffee I’ve ever tasted that’s for sure; personally it just wasn’t strong enough for me and, well if I’m being totally honest…it kinda tasted like vending machine coffee. Call me a coffee snob if you like, but these coffee bags just ain’t doing it for me.
Look, so here’s my take on it…
Convenient yes, some people stash herbal teabags in their handbags for those hot drink emergencies, maybe just maybe coffee drinkers have the same needs. And sure, it’s definitely cheaper than hitting your fave coffee shop every day. Oh and actually it’s really convenient to pack away a few of these in your suitcase when you go away on holiday (especially when it’s as expensive as Iceland!). But if I’m going to drink coffee, I want it to be smooth, aromatic, and hit me round the chops intense, which unfortunately these bags simply don’t do. And plus, I really can’t get over the soggy bag thing!
Lyons Coffee bags are available in packs of 18 from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Nisa and Ocado.
*product gifted for review