This week, when exiting the station during the morning commute, we were handed a packet of coffee bags from upmarket-ish drinks brand, Taylors of Harrogate.

While our first reaction was to ‘refuse’, we instead took one packet in order to pit them up against the box of Percol’s new coffee bags sat on our desk for review (Yes, coffee bags are a thing folks).

So how do they compare…?

  Percol Taylor’s of Harrogate Winner
Price £3.50 in Waitrose for 10 bags £2.85 in Waitrose for 10 bags Taylor’s of Harrogate is 65p or 19% cheaper. Not a huge difference though.
Environmental credentials The box in which the coffee bags come in is recyclable card. The sachets which hold the coffee bags in are made from a plant based foil and are home compostable or can go in food waste. The bags themselves are industrially compostable so need to go in food waste. The box in which the coffee bags come in is recyclable card. The sachets which hold the coffee bags are neither compostable or recyclable so go in the waste bin. The bags themselves are industrially compostable so need to go in food waste. Percol as nothing ends up in the waste bin. Their ground coffee is an even better option as it comes in a single home compostable bag.
Ethical credentials Their coffee is either Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance approved. Their coffee is either Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance approved. The beans are roasted and packaged in the UK. Draw (Although Percol was the first coffee brand to gain Fair Trade status so led the way)
Taste The majority of their coffees are made using 100% Arabica beans. The following coffees are available – Colombian, Americano and Espresso. We tested and really liked to Colombian variety. They only source speciality grade coffee. The following coffees are available – Hot Lava Java, Praline Special Brazil, Caco Superior Colombia, Praline Especial Brazil, Caco Superior Colombia and Lazy Sunday. Again, we tested and really liked to Colombian variety. Draw. Both taste very good and offer a quicker alternative to getting out the cafetiere.
Availability Available via most leading supermarkets and online via the likes of Ocado and Amazon. Available via most leading supermarkets and online via the likes of Ocado and Amazon. Draw. Both are widely available.

Our verdict

Both coffee brands’ coffee bags taste very good, are widely available and have an ethical approach. While Taylor’s of Harrogate edges it on price, we have to award victory to Percol as all of their packaging is either recyclable or compostable. Unfortunately, Taylor’s of Harrogate came close with a good effort environmentally but they haven’t quite nailed it yet.

Either way, to minimise packaging and waste in any form, we’d instead recommend opting for Percol’s plastic free ground coffee, which simply comes in a single home compostable bag than can also be placed in your food waste. Great stuff Percol.

We must also praise Percol’s thorough, clear and transparent approach to explaining its packaging on the brand’s website. If only all brands thought and tried this hard.

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