Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees Review – We Tried 3 Variants

sleepy owl hot brew coffees review

Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees Review – We Tried 3 Variants

Quick. Convenient. Smooth. Soul satisfying. Would we go back for Sleepy Owl’s Hot Brew Coffee? Hell, yes!

The idea of cafe-style coffees in a brew-bag sounds as unachievable as full marks in an English essay. Sleepy Owl came into being because the founders wanted three things from their coffee – to taste good, easy availability, and convenient to make.

Earlier, when we reviewed the Sleepy Owl Cold Brew Coffee and Cold Coffee, we LOVED them for their strong, smooth coffee flavor. To check out their range of hot brew bags, we picked up three flavors of Sleepy owl Hot Brew Coffees – Original, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut. These brew bags are meant to give you a cup of smooth cup of coffee through a simple brewing process that takes 5 minutes. 

Our Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees Review discusses the flavor, strength, and smoothness of the concoction. We also reveal if it’s quick and easy to make a perfect cuppa using these coffee bags.

Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffee – Flavors We Tried

Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees – Everything You Need To Know

This section discusses the different flavors of Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees, their packaging, ingredients and method of brewing. 

Did you know? Arabica coffee makes upto 70% of the world’s coffee production. The bean of Arabica coffee is more elongated and bigger than robusta coffee beans which are shorter and rounder.

#1 Available Variants

The Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Bags are available in five different varieties – 

  • Original
  • Dark Roast
  • Cinnamon
  • French Vanilla
  • Hazelnut
  • Caramel

#2 Available Sizes

The Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffee Bags are available in 10, 20 and 30 bag boxes. If you’re a fan of any one particular flavor, you can buy that one individually. If you’re looking to experiment, the assorted box with all the flavors is what you should go for.

#3 Form Factor And Packaging

Inside a box are 10 brew bags. Each brew bag contains 12.5 gm of ground-roasted coffee. This is not a small bag and you will need a larger cup to place the bag. 

We opened the coffee bag and noticed that the coffee is not a fine powder (akin to what you find in instant coffee powders), but coarse with a more grainy texture. 

The packaging of the coffee is eco-friendly. They call it Sustain Packs (TM). The sachets are made with paper on top of aluminum and contain no plastic at all.

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A closer look at the contents of the brew bag.

#4 Main Ingredients

This coffee uses 100% Arabica coffee. The coffee beans are grown above 5300ft in Southern India and are sourced directly from the farms.

Some variants may have added flavors like cinnamon, hazelnut or vanilla.

#4 Speciality of Brand

Cafe style coffee tweaked as per your liking at home seemed like an impossible task. 

The USP of this brand is convenience. The fact that there is no extensive brewing process makes it stand out. There is no need for expensive coffee machines or percolators and drips. Just dip the bag in hot water and  brew for 5 minutes.

As per their website – ‘We’re three friends who all love good coffee, but could never find a great cup when we needed it. Now we brew our own, and box it to-go. It’s pretty awesome.’

#5 Brewing Options

This is a hot brew coffee, which means hot water is added to the cup to make the coffee. Sleepy Owl also has cold brew coffees which have a different procedure.

To make the Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffee, you just need to add 200 ml water to a cup and dip the coffee bag in. Brewing it for 5 minutes will get you a cup of strong coffee.

Drink it black or you may add sugar and milk as per your liking.

Editor’s Tip – Once brewed, chill this. Add some coconut milk and ice cubes. It is DELISH!

#6 Availability

Sleepy Owl’s Coffee is available on multiple platforms. You can purchase them from their own website, or through other online grocery portals. These are also available in select supermarkets. 

Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees – Our Review Factors

Coffee is not just about taste. It is an amalgamation of various sensory experiences. For our Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees review, we set five core parameters. They helped us identify the deeper flavors, smoothness, and strength of the coffee.

To make the coffee we followed the exact instructions given on the box. We tried them without milk and sugar.

1. Flavor

Coffee made using Arabica beans has a citrusy acidity with sweeter tones which can be floral, fruity, nutty, or chocolaty.

While tasting the coffee we answered questions like – Is the coffee too bitter and acidic? Smooth tasting or not? What flavor does it lend to our cup? Are the specified flavors on the box detectable? If yes, are they underwhelming or balanced? 

2. Aroma

The aroma of well-roasted coffee beans, freshly ground is heavenly. Through our review, we wanted to know how strong and robust was the coffee aroma when we opened the pack? How intense is the coffee aroma? In the flavored variants, could we smell any hints of vanilla and hazelnut?

3.  Strength Of The Coffee

When we say strength of the coffee, we do not mean the caffeine content. We mean the ground coffee to water ratio. We checked for strength with the recommended instructions on the pack.

4. Convenience

The fact that the USP of the brand is convenience, this was a major parameter.

5. Value For Money

Does the quality of the product justify the price? Is this coffee a value for money option?

Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffee Flavours – Detailed Review

Here is a table discussing the flavors of hot brew coffees we reviewed, their price, and the difference in ingredients. 

Flavor Of Coffee Price Number of brew bags Main ingredients
Original Rs 300 10 – Roasted coffee
Hazelnut Rs 300 10 – Roasted coffee

– Nature identical flavor – hazelnut

French Vanilla Rs 300 10 – Roasted coffee

– Nature identical flavor – vanilla

#1 Sleepy Owl Original Hot Brew Coffee

Sleepy Owl’s Coffee (Original Hot Brew) comes in an indigo and white-colored box. We ordered a box with 10 bags. As soon as we opened the coffee bag, we got a strong whiff of freshly ground coffee. These brew bags are sealed well which is why it locks in the aroma.

We brewed the coffee for five minutes, as mentioned. The coffee made using the Original Brew Bag has a very bold aroma. It is dark brown in color. People who like their coffees a little less intense can brew for a lesser amount of time. 

We detected slight citrusy notes synonymous with Arabica coffee. This is a very smooth coffee and the flavor is indicative of well-roasted beans. This hot brew coffee is neither bitter, not too acidic and the balance of flavor is spot on. 

A small amount of coffee residue tends to settle down in the cup.

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Sleepy Owl's Original Hot Brew Coffee
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The brew bag is fairly large.
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Strong and smooth - Sleepy Owl Original Hot Brew Coffee

Features

  • Our box contains 10 bags and is priced at Rs 300/-. So each coffee-bag is priced at Rs 30/-.
  • Each sachet contains 12.5 gm coffee.
  • Ingredients – Roasted coffee
  • Shelf life – 12 months
  • Packaging is eco-friendly. 

Pros

  • The coffee is very convenient to make.
  • We liked the strong aroma of the coffee.
  • Thumbs up for the eco-friendly packaging.
  • The coffee is not bitter, but has an intense coffee flavor.
  • Can be had with milk and sugar as well.

Best Suited For

The Sleepy Owl Original Hot Brew Coffee is best suited for people who like their coffee strong without any added flavors. For people who like their coffee quick and strong, the original hot brew coffee is recommended.

#2 Sleepy Owl French Vanilla Hot Brew Coffee

Vanilla inherently has sweeter tones. The combination of vanilla and coffee is showcased wonderfully in this variant, be it the flavor or the aroma.

The sweet vanilla combined with the strong coffee aroma is most certainly captivating as soon as we cut open the sealed pouch. The vanilla flavor marginally lowers the intensity of coffee which is good for people looking for coffees that are a small step down intensity-wise. 

The smooth coffee and the playfully sweet vanilla undertones are lovely!

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Sachets of the French Vanilla Coffee by Sleepy Owl.
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Sleepy Owl's French Vanilla coffee has mildly sweet undertones.

Features

  • The Sleepy Owl French Vanilla comes in a light blue and white box.
  • We ordered the box with 10 bags which is priced at Rs 300/-. 
  • Each sachet contains 12.5 gm coffee.
  • Ingredients – Roasted coffee, Nature identical flavor – vanilla
  • The shelf life of the coffee is 12 months.

Pros

  • The balance in flavors of vanilla and coffee is appropriate.
  • The sweeter tones of vanilla make the coffee’s acidity a tad bit lower.
  • The coffee is not bitter at all.
  • Full marks for the no-plastic packaging. 
  • There are no staple pins on the coffee brew bags.

Best Suited For

This coffee is perfect for those who are fond of vanilla flavor in their coffee. Moreover, if you’re someone who likes a slightly lower intensity of coffee, you will love the French vanilla coffee by Sleepy Owl.

#3 Sleepy Owl Hazelnut Hot Brew Coffee

Sleepy Owl Hazelnut Hot Brew Coffee comes in a brown and white carton. Each box contains 10 brew bags. As soon as we opened the paper pack of the brew bag, we got a strong coffee aroma and extremely subtle nutty tones.

The color of the coffee is a little lighter than the other two variants. The nuttiness of the hazelnuts is not as prominent and lingers somewhere in the background. The coffee flavor is also lower in intensity as compared to the original one. 

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Sleepy Owl's Hazelnut Coffee
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The concoction is lighter than the other two variants.

Features

  • The Sleepy Owl Hazelnut Coffee comes in a brown and white box.
  • The box with 10 bags is priced at Rs 300/-. 
  • Each sachet contains 12.5 gm of coffee.
  • Ingredients – Roasted coffee, Nature identical flavor – Hazelnut
  • Shelf life of the product – 12 months.

Pros

  • The eco-friendly packaging is appreciated. 
  • The mild nutty undertones are lovely when combined with coffee.

Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees – Which Flavour Stands Out?

During our Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees Review, we checked them for their flavor, convenience, and aroma. Sleepy Owl’s Original Hot Brew Coffee is a must-have for people who love their coffees strong and free from any flavors. Add a splash of milk and some sweetener if you like to have your coffee with milk.

If you are looking for a subtler coffee intensity with sweeter tones, we recommend the French Vanilla Coffee by Sleepy Owl.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some interesting FAQs on Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees.

1. How Do You Make A Sleepy Owl Hot Brew?

The process to make a Sleepy Owl Hot Brew is extremely simple. 

  • In a  cup place the large brew bag.
  • Add 200 ml hot water.
  • Let it brew for 5 minutes.
  • If you would like to reduce the strength of the coffee, we suggest you reduce the brewing time. 

2. Is Sleepy Owl decaf?

No. Sleepy Owl coffee is not decaffeinated. 

3. Who owns Sleepy Owl Coffee?

Sleepy Owl Coffee is owned collectively by three friends – Arman Sood, Ajai Thandi, and Ashwajeet Singh. 

4. Is Sleepy Owl Indian? 

Yes. Sleepy Owl is an Indian brand that sources its coffee directly from the farms located in Southern India.

Final Verdict – Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffees Review

If you’re someone who is always pressed for time but cannot do without your daily cuppa made to perfection, you will love the Sleepy Owl’s Hot Brew Coffee. It requires minimal effort and the flavor of this coffee can give decent competition to a cup of coffee made at your go-to coffeehouse. 

The best part? You don’t require expensive pieces of equipment or special tools. Just dip and there you have it! As we said earlier, getting this quality of coffee at home without any additional effort is exceptional.

Have you tried Sleepy Owl Hot Brew Coffee before? How was the experience? Let us know in the comment section below.

If you do agree with our review, please give it a thumbs up! And, tell us which one is your favorite from this list. If you don’t, please tell us why!

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