Coffee Bags

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Rating: 7.7 / 10
Value for Money   1.8 / 2.5
Taste 1.2 / 2.5
Convenience     2.4 / 2.5
Weight 2.3 / 2.5

Coffee Bags Review

Now I need to fess up here; I’m a coffee snob. It’s taken me many years to work out what I like and put simply, that’s plunger coffee. I do realise this is not to everyone’s taste and most people aren’t so fussy as far as coffee goes and if that’s you then coffee bags may be the way to go.

When we did our research for our coffee podcast and article a number of hikers lamented in our online survey of the inability to find Jed’s Coffee bags in Australia any more.  I ended up getting mine from New Zealand which is where they are manufactured.

Coffee bags are definitely a step above freeze-dried coffee in taste but with that comes extra rubbish and added expense. We compared six varieties, three from Jed’s, and three from Robert Timms for our reviews.  So how did they preform?

Jeds Coffee bags

The Brand mentioned almost exclusively in our survey when we asked hikers about coffee

Jeds #2

He said: The best of the three we tried and passable

She said: Bitter!


Jeds #3

He said: Too strong

She said: Tastes like bad instant coffee!


Jeds #4

He said: Way too strong

She said: Strong, just not coffee-like

Robert Timms Coffee bags

A brand most readily available on the Australian market

Robert Timms Royal Special

He said: Expensive instant coffee

She said: Expensive instant coffee


Robert Timms Mocha Kenya style

He said: Weak, insipid

She said: Weak and tastes a bit like tea


Robert Timms Italian Expresso style

He said: I didn’t mind this one, in fact this is my preferred option of the six we tried

She said: Closest to cafe coffee style

We Like

  • Coffee bags are a step above instant for freeze dried coffee
  • Coffee bags are convienient to make and to dispose of
  • Relatively inexpensive option (unless you have to import them!)
  • Lightweight option

We Don't Like

  • My coffee snobbishness is such that I will give up coffee before drinking something that doesn’t pass my taste test. Coffee bags are one such thing
  • My apologies for all those people out there who love coffee bags

Taste testing six different coffee bag options

Best Uses

  • For those hikers out there who want a quick and easy option but can’t stand instant coffee

Buy One

You can purchase the Jed’s Coffee bags from Kiwi Corner Dairy in New Zealand (Woolworths used to carry them). They will arrive at your door in less than a week in most cases

You can Purchase Robert Timms Coffee bags from just about any supermarket in Australia


This review was done with product purchased from a retail supplier by Australian Hiker

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