How to Make Your Own Coffee Single Bags
I discovered the most wonderful way to make your own coffee single bags using ordinary coffee filters!
Step1: Take a single coffee filter 8-12 cup, and pour 1 1/2 TBSP Coffee into the round bottom area. Fold the coffee filter in half like a taco so that all the round edges meet, being careful to keep the coffee within the half-moon region that represents the circular bottom.
Step 2: Fold the bottom right corner up over the front up and to the left as far as it will allow, then fold the bottom left corner up over the front and to the right as far as it will allow. The remaining edges of the coffee filter should stick up out of the center slightly flanged wide.
Step 3: Fold the top right edge of the remaining filter down and to the left and fold the top left edge of the remaining filter down and to the right so they bring the top of the filter to meet in the center. At this point the top of the filter may be slightly pointed.
Step 4: Fold the top of the filter down once about 1/4" to create a flat edge instead of a pointed edge. Finally, fold the entire top down like an envelope flap to create a "satchel". Finish by stapling through the folded top flap. If desired a string can be stapled to the satchel at the same time.
The is a perfect coffee bag that prevents any grounds leaking out and allows for enough space within the satchel to allow the water to flow freely and steep out the coffee color and flavoring. I prefer to leave the bag in my cup and just microwave the whole thing for about 2.5 minutes. I then recommend you let it sit to steep for an additional 2 minutes to fully develop the flavor.
These are ideal to make in advance and can be stored in Ziploc bags and taken to work for making a convenient single cup of coffee.
Give it a try!
Jeffrey Bryant Bishop
I like the Folgers bags, too, but I started making my own to save $$. I use Finum Tea Filters, 100/box, available online at Amazon and other places. Use a small funnel and one scoop of fine or Turkish grind coffee, fold over twice and staple. For strong coffee, I use two in a large cup. Leave 'em in or remove. I make a whole bunch and take them to the office where I can only heat water. Perfect!
Empty out the tea from the tea bags, save for your tea ball.
Flil the bags with a tablespoon or so of good coffee, staple back shut, and you have it.
Connie, thanks, that seems like a better idea. It would be thrifty and less time consuming.
Elaine, I am using a teabag as a pattern to go by. Put my coffee in to it and staple it. Not gonna sew it but do it as the teabags are done.
The tea bags I buy from Safeway just have it folded and a string is added and then stapled. That sounds easy to me. But I've noticed when I scoop the coffee into my coffee maker tiny pieces of coffee want to float away and I wonder what kind of mess would come with making my own coffee bags. Scooping over and over.
Connie, if you are going to sew them, why not sew them from coffee filters. It would be much more cost effective. Sewing them seems like a lot of work to me. Just try going to the website and learn to fold them like that poster suggested. Would be much easier I would think.
I am thinking about making my own "coffee bags" using very fine interfacing form my sewing stash. Probably two tablespoons of coffee would do it. I did try it with my interfacing and 1 tablespoon of coffee and wasn't quite strong enough. I am going to take an old tea bag apart to see how it is done and go from there.
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When my husband went on a business trip to Israel last year, the coffee there was simply a spoonful of fresh coffee grounds in a cup of hot water. You just let it sit for a couple of minutes, allowing the water to turn to coffee and the grounds to settle to the bottom of the cup. You don't drink the cup dry since the coffee grounds are in there, and you have to be careful of disposing of it. Sometimes we do this at home now and I pour the last of the coffee into the garbage disposal. Also, I like milk in my coffee, and this works just fine even when milk is added.
StashTea.com sells tea or coffee bags. You can check them out on their website and make your own.
Or you can use what I do: a "manual coffeemaker". (You can see it at Melitta.com, click on "Our Products" and then "Manual Coffeemakers".) I see they're charging $2.99 for them on the website; I paid about $5.00 for mine at a Raley's supermarket here in town. It uses the #2 size cone filters, takes about 1/3 (maybe more or less depending on how strong you like your coffee) of a scoop of coffee for one cup, place the "coffeemaker" with the filter and coffee in it on top of an empty mug, boil the water in your microwave or on the stove and pour the water into the filter; but you know what? I just use a paper napkin instead of those expensive filters. (I tried making my own "manual coffeemaker" by using a plastic funnel--which is pretty much all that the Melitta product is--but I couldn't find a funnel with a hole small enough, has to be REALLY small, about the diameter of a round toothpick and I couldn't figure how to make the holes smaller in any of my funnels, so I splurged and bought the $5.00 Melitta product. I figure life's too short to drink instant coffee, yuck!)
I made these years ago, I'm not a coffee drinker, but once in awhile I would like a cup of coffee. I take a little over a teaspoon of coffee, placing it in the middle of a coffee filter draw up the edges to close, wrapping it with cotton string leave a tale for removing. Drop the bag in the bottom of the cup, pour the hot water in, and let it steep a few minutes, worked perfectly. I stored them in an airtight glass jar.
The problem with using a tea ball is the coffee is so fine it floats out of the holes.
I would use coffee filters and add the amount of coffee needed. Then tie all the ends together in a ball using clean ponytail holders or rubber bands. I hope this helps!
Thank you for your ideas but I must clarify myself. I am talking about Folger's single serving coffee bags. They look and work like tea bags. You simply put on in your cup, add boiling water, brew and done. I have seen items such as tea balls for loose tea and was wondering if something similar could work for coffee as well. Any ideas?
englishteastore.com has t-sacs in size 1-2-3&4 serving sizes. They are about $4.25 for a hundred sacs. I like them because I can make multi flavored teas...
Michawnpita is right. I went to youtube and typed in making your own coffee pods and it gave very clear directions. Thanks Michawnpita!
http://www.youtube.com/results?sear ... our+own+coffee+pods&search_type=
Why couldn't you cut out round pieces of coffee filters the size you need and fill with coffee (whatever it takes for one cup) and bring edges to the top and tie off with some unwaxed, unflavored dental floss?
Kelly, she is talking about the kind of pot that you use a pod in. It is coffee completely enclosed in a filter. I have one too but brought it to work in case someone wants a cup of coffee but I assume they are expensive to buy and would like to know myself.
I know that I saw on You Tube at one time, how to make your own coffee pods (for those pod maker coffee pots) I would think that would work. The cost of the pod maker would more than make up for itself really quick. I also know that I have loose tea bag envelopes that you can put tea or coffee in, I think my friend got them for me from San Francisco Herb company, a GREAT place to get bulk herbs and such, but you have to have a min. order of $30. But if they have them, then someone else will too.
Just like in a busy cafe, portion all the coffee in filters, stack 'em up and put them in an airtight container.
Folger's single serve coffee bags are the best for when a single cup of coffee is all you need. They're great for work or camping. The problem is that they are so outrageously expensive! Isn't there a cheap, convenient way to fashion your own, using ordinary materials?
By Jeffrey from Salt Lake City, UT
I don't make my own single serve coffee filters because I have 4 children and that is way to time consuming. But at krogers I bought a single serve coffee maker....Which is just a plastic container that sits on your coffee cup add filter (i bought a reusable one) add your desired amount of coffee pour boiling water over it it drips down in the the cup voila one cup of coffee. :)
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