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
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?
The Brand mentioned almost exclusively in our survey when we asked hikers about coffee
He said: The best of the three we tried and passable
She said: Bitter!
He said: Too strong
She said: Tastes like bad instant coffee!
He said: Way too strong
She said: Strong, just not coffee-like
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
Taste testing six different coffee bag options
You can purchase the Jed’s Coffee bags from Kiwi Corner Dairy in New Zealand (Woolworths used top 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