If you’re new to the hand drip / pour over coffee experience and want to try it without investing in the equipment, drip bag coffees are the way to go. The latest fad to hit Hong Kong, drip bag coffee is roasted, ground fresh then packaged in a single-serving sachet. The sachet gets injected with an inert (read: food-safe) gas like Nitrogen to preserve the flavours and prevent oxidation. Keeping an unopened package in a cool, dark place will ensure the coffee grounds will keep fresh for a year.
To get started, all you need is a cup and hot water.
- Boil your water
- While the water is heating up, open the pack and tear off the top of the filter bag
- Place the bag on top of your mug, with the handles hanging over the edge of the cup. You can use any kind of cup you like.
- Add 160mm of hot water per drip bag. – Your water should be hot enough that you can only hold your hand over it for a couple seconds
- Pour the water slowly over the coffee grounds – don’t let the water flow over the top of the bag!
- Throw away the bag, add milk and sugar if you want and enjoy!
How to make the best drip bag coffee
Do you have time and a small scale handy? If you do, you can make a cup that comes close to a traditional hand drip coffee:
- Boil your water
- While the water is heating up, open the drip bag and tear off the top of the filter bag
- Place the bag on top of your mug, with the handles going over the edges
- Put your cup on the scale and zero it out. Decide on how much water you want to add:
- 150ml of hot water will give you a strong cup of coffee
- 160-180ml will give you a coffee with a lighter taste and clean aromas
- Check the temperature of your water
- For nutty coffees like Guatemala or El Salvador use just-off-boiling (98C)
- For fruity coffees like Kenya aim for 85 to 90C water
- Using a gooseneck kettle, dampen the coffee grounds until they are wet and let your drip bag bloom (i.e. bubbles appear).
- Wait about 30 seconds until the bubbles disappear
- After the bubbles have stopped pour in the rest of your water over the grounds in a consistent flow. Don’t let the water flow over the top of the drip bag!
- When you pour our all of your water, wait for the water to filter through
- Throw away the bag and enjoy!