These filterbags are a wonderful convenience for brewing both tea and coffee. The first time you use one, however, it can seem a bit tricky. After that, they take only a few seconds to use, no more time than a teaball or coffee maker, and there's no cleanup at the end! Use them for small quantity brewing of a cup, or make a small pitcher by filling them more fully, or using more than one.
We have them on hand all the time, for quick brewing of tea, coffee or cascara, and we also use them in cooking - great for putting whole spices in and then being able to remove them at the end without having things like whole peppercorns appearing in your noodles!
Some people pre-fill them with their favorite coffee from home and bring them to work in plastic bags, and just plop them in a mug with hot water to enjoy their favorite brew any time.
The bag is like a plastic sandwich baggie, made from hygienic cloth fibers that impart NO taste. It has a fold at the bottom to increase its capacity and a large flap at the top to use to seal the bag. You put your tea leaves, into the large pocket of the bag (don't accidentally put it into the fold at the bottom, that's an easy mistake to make the first time you try). Then, you invert the flap over the opening at the top of the bag. Don't tear the bag, just gently press the flap up and over the opening, just like a sandwich baggie, or turning a shirt sleeve inside-out.
In the first image above, the filterbag is being filled with tea. Use these ratios for our drinks: 1 tsp tea to 1 cup water, or 1 tbsp coffee to 1 cup water. You can make up to 6 cups of tea at a time with these extra-large filterbags.
In the second image, the filterbag's flap is lifted up and over the opening. You should slip your thumbs under the flap while pushing the corners down with your fingers, inverting the flap. Just one simple motion and you will be done. These can even be made ahead of time to bring with you to work or a friend's house.
We also use these filterbags to hold whole spices, such as cloves or peppercorns, when cooking. This makes it easy to remove the spices before serving, and safer for children or guests who might not expect the hard spices and accidentally hurt their mouths. The pouches work in any moist cooking method but shouldn't be used for frying.
Latest Blog Post
At last, we've realized the dream we have been pursuing for several years to unite our three websites under one roof! For a full explanation of the changes, click here.
Costa Rica's Dota Tarrazu Region
"Tarrazu", like Champagne, is a restricted term that can only apply to the highly-prized coffees grown in one small mountainous region. With your help and ours, our Tarrazu coffee farmer is expanding his farm to the great benefit of the local people, the environment, and the coffee species. Learn more and browse our Costa Rica Dota Tarrazu coffees here.