Whether you are trying to quit dipping or you need caffeine on the go, grinds coffee pouches are an excellent choice. People with limited time for coffee breaks such as sportsmen, policemen, firemen, and military personnel on duty rave about grinds coffee pouches.
What are Grinds Coffee Pouches?
Grinds coffee pouches are tiny moistened bags of coffee that are usually flavored and packed with taurine (an amino acid) and B-vitamins.
Each grinds coffee pouch contains 20-25mg of caffeine which is equivalent to a quarter-cup of brewed coffee. The newest flavor, New Orleans Style pouches, has 60mg of caffeine per pouch.
The idea of coffee pouches came about when two baseball-playing college students (Pat and Matt) who were also roommates started chewing ground coffee to stay awake to complete a marketing project.
Since dipping tobacco was widespread in baseball, Pat and Matt decided to pack grinds in small pouches and market them in the Major League Baseball as a healthier alternative to chewing tobacco.
After some initial headwinds, the coffee pouches would later become a hit with baseball players and coaches. The pouches were later featured in mainstream business media including the Entrepreneur Magazine and Fox Business channel before making an appearance on Shark Tank.
How to Use Grinds Coffee Pouches
Take a grinds coffee pouch and place it between your cheek and the upper or lower gum for 20-40 minutes. As saliva wets the pouch over time, it dissolves the caffeine and the vitamins in coffee.
Placing the pouch between the cheek and the upper gum where there is less saliva provides for a slower wetting of the pouch whereas, at the lower gum, there is more saliva that absorbs the caffeine much faster.
Swallow the saliva for a quick boost of energy. Spitting the saliva inhibits you from reaping the maximum pick-me-up benefit of the pouches.
Coffee pouches are housed in a can with a secondary lid inside the main lid where you can place the spent pouch and discard it later.
You may want to avoid placing the pouches between your lip and the front teeth as coffee can stain them and affect your smile. Remember that the pouch stays in your mouth for up to 40 minutes.
You can use one pouch at a time or pop a few coffee pouches at the same time for a bigger dose of caffeine, especially for people with a higher tolerance for caffeine.
See the section about who can use coffee pouches.
Can You Swallow Grinds Coffee Pouches?
Although you can swallow a grinds coffee pouch whole, you run the risk of choking yourself. Instead, hold the pouch in your mouth for 20-40 minutes and swallow the saliva until the pouch is spent, and then discard it.
Coffee Pouches Flavors
Grinds coffee pouches are available in more than 11 different flavors. New Orleans Style is the latest flavor and it packs more than double the caffeine in the other pouches.
You can purchase the pouches as single flavors or a variety pack with different flavors.
- Blended with chicory as part of the New Orleans coffee tradition
- 60mg of caffeine per pouch
- A sweet creamy and nutty flavor
- Best choice for chicory lovers and black coffee enthusiasts
The New Orleans Style grinds coffee pouches follow the much-acclaimed New Orleans tradition of adding chicory to coffee for an unmistakable nutty flavor.
These pouches are an upgrade to the other flavors in terms of caffeine. With these pouches, you do not have to pop a couple of them as two pouches deliver the caffeine content of an eight ounces cup of coffee.
You would assume that these stronger pouches are bitter but surprisingly, they have a sweet creamy finish.
So if you found the other pouches to be too weak, the double caffeine New Orleans Style pouches may just be the answer.
- A rich vanilla flavor and sweetness
- A strong coffee flavor
- More enjoyable than the other flavors
- Great for first-time users
Vanilla pouches are good for beginners to coffee pouches and vanilla latte lovers. Personally, I found these to have a stronger coffee flavor. Very close to the black coffee flavor in terms of intensity. I enjoyed vanilla pouches much better than the minty and mocha flavors.
- Hints of caramel
- Strong coffee flavor
- Great for first-time users
If you love some caramel in your coffee, pop two or three of these caramel coffee pouches for a sweet and caramelly flavor. They are also an excellent choice for first-time users of coffee pouches.
- Delivers an intense coffee flavor
- Ideal for people who love black coffee
For people who want a bold coffee flavor, you can not go wrong with the black coffee flavor. However, first-timers may find the coffee after-taste to be overwhelming.
- Has the naturally sweet spearmint flavor
- Great for freshening your breath
- Ideal for mint lovers, tobacco users and gum chewers
People who like to chew gum, tobacco dippers, and mint lovers are likely to enjoy the mint-flavored pouches.
- Notes of chocolate
- Has hints of peppermint including nuanced menthol notes
- Ideal for fans of mint, gum chewers, menthol cigarette smokers, and tobacco users
- A pleasant minty aroma and flavor
- Popular with mint lovers, gum chewers, and tobacco users
- Hints of spicy cinnamon
- Ideal for tobacco users
- Sweet and sour cherry flavor
Cherry coffee pouches have a fruity aroma and flavor that masks the inherent bitterness of coffee.
- Sweet and creamy flavor
Who Can Use Grinds Coffee Pouches?
Anybody can use grinds coffee pouches as they boost your energy levels by providing caffeine. However, if you have caffeine intolerance, you may want to consult with your doctor before popping some pouches.
- Grinds coffee pouches can help tobacco dippers, cigarette smokers, and gum chewers to gradually quit the habit.
- Night shifters who need to stay awake.
- When trying to stay awake after long shifts.
- Hikers who need a boost of energy
- Gym goers before starting their routine. Coffee can boost your energy levels and focus during a workout.
- People who are in the habit of chewing on coffee beans can swap them for coffee pouches as unlike the beans, pouches are not messy and will leave your mouth clean
- Outdoorsy persons such as fishermen and hunters. The coffee brews in your mouth as silently stalk your prey
- Campers especially when you do not have enough water or you can not make a fire for tea or coffee.
You can have grinds coffee pouches at any time of the day just like regular coffee. Popping 2 or 3 pouches before a workout can improve your energy levels and concentration.
However, you may want to avoid using coffee pouches late in the afternoon or at night unless you are on a night shift as caffeine can interfere with your sleep.
FAQs About Grinds Coffee Pouches
Do Grinds Coffee Pouches have Age Restriction?
Grinds coffee pouches are a coffee product and have no age restrictions. Anybody including kids can buy grinds coffee pouches as they do not have tobacco or nicotine. However, be sure to follow the guidelines pertaining to caffeine and kids including teenagers.
Do Grinds Coffee Pouches Expire?
Yes, coffee pouches have a Best Before date imprinted under the tin. Beyond this date, the pouches are likely to lose their freshness, potency, and flavor. Expired pouches are also likely to be dry.
Although there is little risk from the coffee element of the pouch past the expiry date, I would be more worried about the flavoring and sweetening ingredients as they may taste rancid.
The pouches do not require refrigeration or freezing as this may do more harm than good by causing the pouches to dry and lose their flavor. Instead, place the cans away from light, moisture, and heat in the pantry or drawer.