Take them camping. Throw them in your desk for emergencies. Keep a stash in your car. They are quick, tasty, and completely customizable... They're coffee bags!!
In just a few quick steps you can have flavored, sweetened or just plain black coffee wherever you need it! The recipe is up to you!
Whole bean coffee
Tea bags (the size used for 4 cup tea pots)
Step 1: Grind the beans
Grind the beans on the finest setting. The more surface area you can create in the grounds, the more flavorful your cup of coffee will be. I tried several grinds, but the finest works the best. It gives the fullest flavor.
Add the coffee to a tea bag. I use three table spoons for a dark cup of coffee. My "cup" of coffee is closer to 2 c. of water.
Step 3: Adding the sugar
Obviously, adding sugar is optional. I have to admit, i'm not a purist when it come to coffee. I enjoy a bit of sweetness in my cup of joe. I add one teaspoon of sugar.
Step 4: Adding the creamer
Be sure to use non dairy creamer! They come in several flavors. I really like the Italian sweet cream and of course, French vanilla. Whatever you choice is add your desired amount. I use a half teaspoon.
Step 5: The fold
When the bag is filled with the desired amounts of ingredients, fold the flap over onto the bag. Leave as much "slack" as possible to allow the coffee to move around in the bag when it is steeping. (The coffee will expand when it steeps, so the more room for expansion, the better)
Step 6: Sealing the bag
Use your hot iron to press the flap and seal it. The heat will cause the material to stick to itself, sealing your coffee mixture securely in the bag.
Step 7: Steep and stir
Heat up some water. Boiling water is preferred because the bag takes a little longer to steep than conventional coffee, and you still want your cup to be hot when its ready to drink! Be sure to press and stir the bag while it is steeping. This will ensure you get the most flavor out of the bag! You can remove the bag when your brew is at the desired potency. I leave mine in...
Now, sit back and enjoy!! Mmmm....
If you make extras, which I recommend, store the bags in an air tight container to preserve the flavor.