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Monday, March 28, 2011

Individual Coffee Bags | Family Economics

By Cathe

Last Christmas, my husband gifted me a new coffee maker that brews individual cups of coffee, one at a time using little pre-made coffee pods. Now with a surplus of standard coffee filters, I thought I could make some coffee packs to save a little money while traveling.

Here’s an easy way of creating little coffee bags for individual cups of coffee away from home.

Individual travel coffee bags
1. Press one coffee filter into the bottom of a ½ cup measuring scoop.
2. Spoon one to two tablespoons of fresh coffee grounds into filter.
3. Using dental floss, bakers twine or upholstery thread, cinch the protruding filter paper and tie the string into a knot.
4. Trim away extra filter paper beyond 1 inch of tie.
5. Store individual coffee packs in sealed Ziploc® Brand Bags to keep fresh.
6. Store with your camping gear, a few in your glove box and pack several when traveling.

Using the travel coffee bags
1. To make a fresh cup of coffee, use the packs like tea bags.
2. Place one in a coffee cup and cover with boiling water.
3. Allow to brew for several minutes.
4. Often you can request a cup of boiled water at no charge on airplanes and at the restaurant drive-thru.
5. Carefully remove coffee bag from cup just before drinking.

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On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, Kayla from Florida (about to go camping) wrote

Should the coffee be ground finely, like for a french press for this method? I just tried one. I let it steep for about 4 minutes, dunked the pod up and down several times, and it's still a little weak. My grounds were ground for a normal paper filter, so I'm wondering if they should be finer.

On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Steve in Denver wrote

This is also a great method for making your own "family size" Iced Tea Bags. Loose tea is so much less expensive than teabags, you can create whatever flavor you want, and make them as large as you need.">

On Thursday, July 3, 2014, Sandi wrote

This is such a great idea for travel! Thanks so much!

On Monday, May 12, 2014, sincerely wrote

I might do this with Hot Chocolate for kids for camping too. : )

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Richard1941 from Hawthorne, CA wrote

Actually, this can be further simplified. Just put the ground coffee directly into the water, and boil. I use a little Arab-style metal coffee pot. After the water has boiled a few minutes, just remove the heat and let it cool. When it gets down to a drinkable condition, the coffee grounds will be settled on the bottom and you can pour off reasonably clear coffeed.

On Friday, July 12, 2013, Chante LaGon from The Home Depot wrote

This is a great idea for camping! I plan to post it to our Summer Activities pinboard. Check it out at - Chante

On Monday, June 24, 2013, Arisaidh wrote

The same general idea works for traditional coffee makers and coffee pots. "I hate making coffee in the morning....too many steps BEFORE I can have my coffee. Now, on Sunday night, I set out several coffee filters on the counter, measure the correct amount into each for the number of cups I want, then carefully,, but quickly fold each of the four sides of the filter to make a nice tidy package. I put those packages back in the top of the coffee can and each night, before heading for bed or the next morning, I fill the pot with water, put in my prepared filter and have coffee in a jiffy; This tiny trick has saved me lots of time over the years, and some mornings, made it possible to have coffee, even though I hadn't the time to do all of those procedures.

On Friday, May 17, 2013, Darren from Portland Maine wrote

I guess making 2 cup or 4 cup bags would be possible as well and they could be used in a french press

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, Jennie from The Island City wrote

It helps to dunk it up & down like you do a tea bag, to make stronger coffee. One of the airlines did decaf like this for a while, so I learned the dunking trick after one really weak cup of decaf. :)

On Tuesday, June 14, 2011, Cathy wrote

Love this idea!! I also have a coffee machine that brews one cup at a time, and I am finding that the "little cups" can run into money! Tried using a french press to brew one cup at a time, but hated cleaning out the glass pot. You gave me new hope to keep up my coffee addiction!!! YEA! Thanks so much for the excellent idea.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, wrote

Wow Cathe you are ingenious! Just one question...How does the coffee taste? Guess I'll have to give it a try. Peace, Donna

On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Michelle from Oregon wrote

That is an AWESOME IDEA! I am totally going to try this!

On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Holy Smokes! It's Kate from Australia! (hehehehe) wrote

Golly, M'deary you SO have the knack for seeing the necessity and inventing the invention! You da Mother! I'm TOTALLY going to go and find me some filter papers. My life is closer to complete.....and as J. Alfred Prufrock would say in that awesomely wonderful T.S.Eliot poem, "I have measured out my life in coffee spoons..." I choose to take it as a positive measurement of life!

On Monday, March 28, 2011, Chelle from the Southwest wrote

I love it! What a great idea! I'm an on-the-go kinda gal!

On Monday, March 28, 2011, Jeannie wrote

What a great idea! You are so clever, Cathe.

On Monday, March 28, 2011, Colleen for Utah wrote

what a great idea! Thanks!

On Monday, March 28, 2011, Elaine A wrote

THis is a great idea Cathe. I'll have to give this a try.

On Monday, March 28, 2011, TheTamaraBlog and TamaraJewelry wrote

If you use cinnamon or mint dental floss... flavored coffee! :-)

On Monday, March 28, 2011, wildberryranch wrote

I want to try this, thanks so much.

On Monday, March 28, 2011, Countess Laurie from Laurieville wrote

Fantastic. This will be great for camping as well!!

On Monday, March 28, 2011, Mummylade, sweden wrote


On Monday, March 28, 2011, Sue wrote

This is brilliant, Cathe! I think a few of these tucked into a travel mug would be an excellent gift... Thanks for another excellent, inspirational project!

On Monday, March 28, 2011, Linda from MN wrote

This is a great idea! I'll have to try it!

On Monday, March 28, 2011, Michele~Hoop Vitality! wrote

So Smart!! I'll be going camping soon and this will save me much trouble!


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