by Lars H
I recently discovered that there’s a product called Grinds Coffee Pouches that is a nicotine free, tobacco free “chewing tobacco alternative” product that some people use to wean themselves away from smokeless tobacco, and others use because they want a caffeine kick but don’t want to deal with drinking a cup of coffee.
It seemed so weird to me that I instantly ordered a variety pack of the most popular four flavors on Amazon. I’ve never been a fan of chewing tobacco or dip because when I was a kid I always heard stories about some kid trying it for the first time and accidentally swallowing the juice and throwing up.
Well guess what! With Grinds, they say in their Frequently Asked Questions, “Ultimately it is up to you. The best way to absorb the energy from each pouch is to swallow the saliva it produces. When you have a Grinds pouch in, you’re essentially brewing the coffee in your mouth. If you’d like to spit, you can. Your body will still absorb the energy and caffeine, but in a slower, less deliberate manner.”
In that case, I’m in! The thought of a coffee flavored pouch between my cheek and gum that delivered caffeine sounded strange and interesting enough to try out.
What you get is 18 little pouches inside each can. The can has this thing on one side where you can take a little lid off and there’s a separate, smaller space to put a few used pouches. Which means that you could carry a can around and use them, and then spit the pouch out and have someplace to put it if there’s no garbage can nearby.
The can states that there are 25mg of caffeine per pouch. But I didn’t really know how much caffeine is in a regular cup of coffee off the top of my head, so I once again looked it up on their FAQ and they delivered.
“With roughly 18 pouches contained in each can, each pouch is equal to about 1/4 cup of coffee or approximately 20-25mg of caffeine, which makes each entire can of Grinds Coffee Pouches add up to the caffeine equivalent of 4-5 cups of coffee.”
I opened up a can of the caramel and popped one in my mouth and thought the flavor was pretty good! I’d describe it sort of like one of those caramel coffee drinks you get at McDonald’s, but very muted.
Grinds says that you can keep a pouch in your mouth for up to 30 or 40 minutes before it starts to break down the pouch. I kept mine in my mouth for maybe 5 minutes or so before I spit it out.
It turns out that I guess I’m not a natural when it comes to using any kind of dip or pouch. It’s not like it was unpleasant or anything, but it felt like a had a weird lump in my mouth.
I did swallow like normal when I had it in my mouth and everything was fine.
What I can imagine using these for would be something like a camping trip or a hike where you aren’t able to drink coffee and want to avoid a caffeine headache. Or maybe on a plane. That kind of thing.
If you really like dipping, then I could see how this would be an interesting enough product to use regularly. It is not bad by any means. The flavor was pretty good.
But from the perspective of someone who has never dipped or used any smokeless tobacco products before in my life, I’d say that Grinds is just too much of a weird coffee niche for me and not something I’ll order again or use again.
Have you used it before? I’m curious to hear from anyone else who is a regular or new user of Grinds to hear their opinion.