We were recently contacted by Matthew on behalf of Make Decent Coffee to ask if we would be interested in trying out some of the coffee they have to offer. As regular readers will know I’m partial to a good cup of coffee so confirmed that of course we would be happy to try it out!
As someone who tends to drink a lot of coffee I do find myself reaching for the instant during the week to save time and always tell myself I’ll make more time in the morning to brew a decent cup of “proper” coffee, but rarely do. This is why I think they idea behind MDC appeals to me, what is the idea? Well here it is straight from the horses mouth:
Make Decent Coffee is an idea, a movement, a message. It’s a collective of everyday coffee enthusiasts & the occasional coffee guru – keen to share ideas, knowledge & experiences that are centred around alternatives to instant coffee in the home, office, family picnic …just about anywhere really.
Our mission is to educate & make decent coffee accessible for all through simplifying coffee brewing methods as best as our collective experiences allow. Coffee is a labour of love, a little more time spent can really make a huge difference to your coffee life.
We’d like to challenge the idea that we all need to settle for bland, ‘burnt-toast’ tasting instant coffee as the only option for a quick coffee. We need your help & experiences to see this ambitious idea gain a foothold – lets get the phrase ‘decent coffee’ into the everyday vanacular.
We choose a bag of ground Bolivia Caranavi Coffee and the Lyons Gourmet Italian Coffee Bags. We had never heard of Coffee bags to be honest but it sounded like a great way to have “proper” coffee but with the speediness of a cup of instant.
The coffee bags are a great idea and work really well. Each bag is individually wrapped within the box to keep them fresh. You simply stick the bag in a cup and treat as you would with a teabag. The instructions advise 3-4 minutes brew time but I prefer my coffee strong and found 5-6 minutes provided a suitable strength. The Italian Gourmet coffee bags make for a rich, flavoursome cup of coffee and is perfect if you are just making one cup and want to avoid messing around with a cafetiere . I will definitely be buying more of these to stock the cupboard with. The 125g box at £2.59 provides 18 individually wrapped coffee bags, which I would say is very good value for the quality of coffee and ease of use.
The bag of Bolivia Caranavi ground coffee was also very tasty, quite a strong tasting coffee with a hint of fruitiness to it. It also comes with a resealable top to help preserve the freshness. If you visit the MDC site you will see you can first off choose your brewing method – cafetiere, expresso machine, straight to cup etc and it filters the coffee selection accordingly which is useful.
The site also has a coffee equipment section with plenty of handy gadgets for coffee enthusiasts and a rather useful video section which has some “how to” videos for coffee novices. Another bonus of Make Decent Coffee is you can just go on whenever you wish to purchase more coffee with no requirement to sign up to a regular monthly order.
Check out Make Decent Coffee for yourself: