In this guide, we will answer ‘how to make coffee tea bags?’ Also, we will discuss if coffee tea bags are more convenient than brewing coffee in a French press or are better than instant coffee.

How to make coffee tea bags?

Just like you steep your tea bags in hot water, similarly, you steep your coffee tea bags in a cup of hot water (not boiling water) for at least three minutes or longer depending upon your desired rich and nutty notes.

Note that this coffee tea bag brews a single cup of coffee.

What is a coffee tea bag?

A simple and new invention. As the name suggests, it’s simply coffee in single-use tea bags. This allows the consumers to enjoy their cup of coffee without the hassle of preparing coffee machines or your French press or even whipping up your instant coffee to achieve that perfect cup. All you need is hot water and a mug. So fewer dishes to do, who doesn’t want that. 

This immersion method extracts coffee by steeping coffee grounds in hot water over time, normally 3–4 min. The brewed coffee is then separated from the grounds at the end of the process. Because of the prolonged contact time of the steeping process, immersions tend to produce a relatively strong bodied coffee, although not as strong as the pressure method (1).

Can you make coffee tea bags at home?

There are many options available in the supermarket but if you want to make it at home then what? So yes, you can. All you need is;

  • Reusable tea bags or tea filters (if you want to make them at home, here’s the guide.)
  • Coffee beans


  • Using a coffee grinder, ground your coffee.
  • Pour a tablespoon or more of the coffee grounds (depending on your preference you can go up or low) in the tea bags.
  • Tighten up the string of your tea bag and they are ready to use.
  • Pour a cup of hot water in a mug and with your coffee tea bag.
  • Allow the coffee to steep.
  • Add your creamer, sugar or any other thing you want and enjoy.

Are coffee tea bags similar to French press coffee?

French press for coffee brewing is a more commonly used method. It utilizes the same coffee grounds but you need a French press.

It uses the same method of boiling water and grounding coffee, but you put your grounds and water in a french press and allow it to steep for 5 minutes or more. After that, you pass your coffee through a mesh to make sure no grounds get into your mug. takes more time and b. more dishes to do.

If we talk about the taste then the coffee brewed as a coffee tea bag and in a french press tastes the same. As long as you are using good quality coffee beans. Despite the same end product, a french press is a bit more costly than reusable tea bags.

More than the use of a tea bag or a press, important variables, which will define the taste and aroma of the coffee are: water temperature, the coffee/water ratio used, the effects of the particle size of the ground coffee (coarse or medium), extraction time, and coffee variety (Arabica or Robusta). Either immersion using a tea bag and french press can be applied with water at cold or room temperature for cold brew (2).

Are coffee tea bags similar to instant coffee?

Nope, it’s not. Instant coffee differs from coffee tea bags as in the coffee tea bags you allow your coffee grounds to steep in the water while instant coffee is coffee that has been already brewed, dehydrated (to form crystals) and pulverized. You rehydrate these crystals again with hot water.

Instant coffee is produced on an industrial scale using thermal extraction at 125 °C. This is followed by a thermal hydrolysis at 180 °C to remove soluble solids from the roasted ground coffee. The subsequent steps in instant coffee production involve concentration and freeze-drying or spray drying. A high quality coffee beverage with good flavor notes is produced by thermal extraction, although the yield is similar to that for homemade coffee. In order to achieve yields of 48% (arabica) and 54% (robusta), thermal extraction is followed by thermal hydrolysis. There are two main drawbacks of the process: high energy consumption and the production of undesirable compounds such as furfural, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), and acetaldehyde from the thermal degradation of carbohydrates (2).

Studies have compared the odor-active compounds in a filtered coffee brew and an

instant coffee beverage using gas chromatography-olfactometry of headspace samples. The qualitative composition of both beverages was found to be very similar, but the odor intensities of most of the very volatile compounds considered were stronger in filtered coffee (3).

Both are a far more convenient option to enjoy your coffee but the taste is a bit different from instant coffee and only those who prefer fresh brew can distinguish it.

Is coffee a healthy option?

Some say coffee weakens your stomach, some say it causes acne. There’s been a buzz around coffee for ages. There are many myths and bogus claims that have surrounded coffee for ages. Still, the question remains, is it healthy?

Well yes, coffee is a healthy option. It not only gives you that caffeine kick but also lifts up your mood. More espresso, less depresso. Coffee provides twice as much caffeine as tea. But this gives you an instant energy boost while tea because of a compound named, L-theanine, metabolizes this caffeine slowly, giving you a steady energy boost.

Caffeine also aids in rapid fat burn and also boosts your metabolic rate. Other than caffeine, coffee also contains multiple ant oxidative compounds and many other vitamins including B2, B3 and B5 and minerals like magnesium, manganese and potassium.

Coffee may also improve the quality of your life as it’s been linked to promoting heart health, brain health and even protecting your liver.

Coffee consumption is associated with a reduction of the incidence of several diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, hepatic cirrhosis and some cancers, including colon, hepatic, endometrial and breast. These effects have been attributed to the antioxidant activity of coffee brews, which is given by caffeine and phenolic compounds of green coffee as well as those obtained by the Maillard reaction during roasting. Although most of the natural phenolic compounds are lost during roasting, the overall antioxidant capacity in coffee brews is high due to Maillard reaction products (5).

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In this guide we have answered ‘how to make coffee tea bags?’ also we have discussed if coffee tea bags are more convenient than brewing coffee in the French press or is better than instant coffee.

Hope you found this guide helpful. Any questions or comments are more than welcome.



  1. Lee, Kai-Sean. Expressionist view of culinary creativity: A culinary theory exercised with specialty coffee. Int J Gastr Food Sci, 2021, 23, 100311.
  2. Cordoba, Nancy, et al. Effect of grinding, extraction time and type of coffee on the physicochemical and flavor characteristics of cold brew coffee. Scient rep, 2019, 9, 1-12.
  3. Baraldi, I. J., R. L. C. Giordano, and T. C. Zangirolami. Enzymatic hydrolysis as an environmentally friendly process compared to thermal hydrolysis for instant coffee production. Braz J Chem Eng, 2016, 33, 763-771.  
  4. Sanz, Cristina, et al. Comparison of potent odorants in a filtered coffee brew and in an instant coffee beverage by aroma extract dilution analysis (AEDA). Eur food res technol, 2002, 214, 299-302.
  5. Derossi, Antonio, et al. How grinding level and brewing method (Espresso, American, Turkish) could affect the antioxidant activity and bioactive compounds in a coffee cup. J Sci Food Agric, 2018, 98, 3198-3207.

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