While we love the whole ritual of making our french press or drip coffees, not everyone has the time to do this every day. Moreover, everyone should enjoy their coffee from freshly ground beans without worrying too much about the hassle. Hence, to make life a whole lot easier, coffee makers are branching out their products to include ‘coffee bags’ as well.
In today’s blog, we bring you one of the coffee bags in the UK – the Balance Coffee.
What is a coffee bag?
A coffee bag is similar to a commonly found tea bag. They can be dipped or poured over to make coffee instantly. One of the most amazing things about coffee bags is – they are not instant coffee. It’s important to note that instant coffee usually is graded in the lowest quality of all types of coffee because it is made months in advance and then frozen into coffee granules, losing most of the coffee flavours.
Thus, if you are looking for the convenience of instant coffee but want something that tastes like the ‘real deal,’ we recommend you try coffee bags. The nature of the product also makes it incredibly easy to get rid of the coffee bag after use, without creating a mess.
What is special about Balance Coffee?
Balance Coffee has been creating a buzz in the coffee community for their delicious light to medium roast, speciality coffee with premium flavours such as chocolate, citrus and sweet stone fruits. Some independent coffee critics have rated their coffee as one of the best coffee beans in UK.
What’s more awesome is that they are a sustainable, ethically sourced coffee brand with visions to improve the living conditions of coffee farmers and their communities.
What are the products offered by Balance Coffee?
The Balance Coffee is currently offering two speciality coffee bags:
Level Up Blend
This is our personal favourite coffee blend, for it is rich with notes of red berries, caramel and pecans! The Level Up blend is a mix of 100% premium Arabica coffee blend, sourced from Columbia and Tanzania.
The beans are medium roasted to awaken the best features of the beans and create a beautiful medley of flavour for everyday morning coffee. The fruity notes of the Level Up coffee are very evident when drunk black. However, you can also enjoy a creamier-fruity taste by adding a little bit of your favourite creamer.
The mess and fuss-free properties of these coffee bags are great, especially on those mornings when you barely have any time on your hands. Simply take out your coffee bag, let it stew in hot water for a couple of minutes and enjoy as you go. We let ours stew for about 8 minutes because we like our coffee on the stronger side.
Stability Coffee Blend
Who wouldn’t love to wake up to a coffee that has rich notes of milk chocolate, hazelnuts and figs? We are already looking forward to brewing our next cup!
The Stability Coffee Blend is just the perfect combination for any chocolate and fruit lover looking for a caffeine kick. They are a combination of 100% premium grade Arabica beans, made from a blend of Mexican and Colombian coffee.
The luscious flavours of milk chocolate, hazelnuts and figs pair amazingly well with milk. The tasting notes are delectable, so try not to drink them all at once.
What we love about this brand is that all the coffee bags are fully compostable.
What is Balance Coffee known for?
Balance Coffee was founded to produce high quality, tasty and hassle-free coffee drinking experiences for everyone. However, they have gone a step further by advocating for:
They have teamed up with Ecologi, to build a climate positive workforce. Together with Ecologi, Balance Coffee have helped in planting over 390+ trees, reducing the CO2 emissions by 20.012T
Balance Coffee believes in giving back to farmers and their communities. Hence, they donate 1% of every bag purchased, to Project Waterfall – which is a charity initiative that brings clean drinking water, sanitation and education to coffee growing communities.
Sourcing ethical coffee
Balance Coffee is incredibly transparent about how, where and who grows their coffee. You can find all the information about the farmer, region and growing conditions of your coffee on their website.
They source their coffee from cooperatives and direct trade relationships located all over the world.
Recycling and reusing
In 2021, Balance Coffee switched to 100% recyclable packaging as an extension of its efforts in being more sustainable. They have also reduced their water usage by 33% at their coffee roastery.
As mentioned before, their coffee bags, packaging material and paper are all 100% recyclable.
Drink better, and do better! If you want to enjoy coffee from one of the UK’s best coffee brands while supporting an ethical and sustainable brand, we highly recommend you to stock up on Balance Coffee bags!
- How many servings are in each bag?
The serving sizes depend on how much coffee each individual drinks. However, their 250g bags make about 15 cups of coffee, whereas their 1kg bags make 60 cups.
- How do they maintain quality?
Balance coffee is known for its ethically sourced coffee beans that make up the top 3-4% of the best coffees in the world. They roast their coffee every day in small batches. They also cup their coffees regularly to maintain consistency in every batch of coffee they produce. Once roasted, the powder is packed in 100% recyclable bags ready for you to enjoy.
- Is the coffee toxin-free and mould free?
Yes, Balance Coffee sources their coffee directly from the farmers who ensure that each bean is carefully handpicked and no bad beans ever make it to the roastery.
As a precautionary note, Balance Coffee tests each batch of coffee to ensure that they are free of mould and mycotoxins.
- Will my coffee still be fresh by the time it gets shipped to me?
Balance Coffee understands the need for fresh coffee. Hence, they ensure that every coffee bag is heat-sealed within 24-48 hours of roasting to preserve the freshness. They also ensure that you receive your package as quickly as possible, so you can enjoy the coffee as fresh as the day it was roasted.
- What roast profile is the coffee?
The coffee is generally roasted to a medium profile. This ensures all the fruity and chocolate notes of the beans are activated.
- Where are the beans roasted?
The beans are hand-roasted in London, UK.
- When do you roast your coffee?
Balance Coffee ensures that the freshest coffee reaches your home. They guarantee freshness by roasting their beans for just 1 or two days within shipping the order to you.
- Is your coffee flavoured?
No, Balance Coffee does not add any artificial additives or flavourings to their coffee. Their coffee blends have notes of chocolate, citrus, stone fruits and hazelnuts – all these notes are naturally present in the coffee beans due to their growing conditions, harvest and roasting methods.
By adding flavour descriptions to their coffee blends, they ensure that their customers choose the right product that matches their taste.
- What’s the best way to brew coffee at home?
The best way to brew coffee at home is however you like it! If you want to enjoy the ritual of making your coffee, then try the process of a pour-over V60. If you are looking for a quick, grab and go coffee try the Aeropress or espresso.
- Do you have any coffee recipes?
You can find many coffee recipes on our blog.
- Can I recycle my coffee grounds?
Yes, you can. If you have a garden, you can spread the coffee grounds on flower beds of acidity-loving plants like hydrangeas or azaleas. Alternatively, you can also compost your coffee grounds which will eventually turn into nitrogen-rich compost.
- Do you ever have special offers or discounts on coffee?
You can stay updated on our special offers and discounts by signing up for our newsletter.