DID YOU KNOW… Single-use drip bags originated from Japan and have been around since the 90s. It remains one of the most convenient ways to brew fresh, quality coffee with little to no clean up at all! This ingenious creation makes coffee brewing as simple as just pouring hot water through the coffee grinds, and letting it drain into your cup before serving.
I’m sure many of us have seen this before, and have probably wondered, “How to use??”. Don’t worry, though it looks like origami, it’s not as complicated as you think!
First, fill the bags with 10 – 12g of fresh medium ground coffee (approximately 2 – 3 tablespoons, to fill about ⅓ - ½ of the bag). We don’t recommend filling more than that as the grounds may spill out of the bag when you pour the water in. Once filled, give it a little wiggle wiggle wiggle and level the grounds, so as to allow for a more even extraction. Then, open the “ears” of the filter and hang it on the cup.
Next, pour some hot water in (approximately 20 – 24ml) and let it sit for about 30 seconds. You will see the coffee grounds slowly expanding and rising (this is the coffee “blooming”, which is essentially carbon dioxide leaving the coffee grounds). Again, this would allow for a more even extraction as most of the gas would have now left the grounds, allowing the water to properly extract the flavours that we all love!
After 30 seconds, carefully & slowly pour the rest of water (about an additional 130ml – 150ml), so that the grounds do not over flow the filter and create a big mess! (Trust me, it has happened to me when I was too impatient with the brewing time and wanted a quick fix)
Once all the water has drained from the bag, you may lift the “ears” of the filter upwards to create a little handle, and dispose the drip bag.
Congratulations! Your coffee is now ready to be served! See, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!
BUT WAIT! Before you go, if you are brewing Local Kopi, we recommend that you use a shorter cup so that the grounds will be submerged in the coffee instead of just hanging over it (refer to photo below).
We have actually tested both methods and find that soaking Kopi for about 5 minutes results in a cup that has a heavier body and richer mouthfeel. Do some experiments on your own and find the perfect brewing time that suits your taste. After all, you decide the choreography of your coffee 😉.
Remember, the longer you soak, the more you will extract, and the more bitter the resulting cup will be. Consequently, we wouldn’t recommend over extracting arabica coffee as it will lose some of the more delicate tasting notes!