Coffee bags are bags which are used to store or produce coffee and related products. There are several different types of coffee bags, ranging from cloth sacks used by coffee farmers to small bags designed to be used to brew a cup of instant coffee. Manufacturers of such bags tend to focus on a specific area of interest, such as bags used to package coffee for sale, bags used by home roasters, or bags used at bulk coffee dispensaries in stores.
The largest type of coffee bag is a large cloth sack used to store coffee beans. Farmers dispense their crops into these bags for the purpose of transport, and the bags can be used to transport beans at various stages of curing and roasting. Most are extremely heavy. The bag is usually stamped with information indicating where it comes from, what kind of beans are inside, what grade has been assigned to the contents, and so forth. Some people collect such bags as curiosities, since they can be colorful or have interesting decorations.
In stores, many coffee products come packaged in bags. These are usually vacuum bags to keep the coffee fresh, and may be made from or lined with foil. For people who buy beans in bulk, bags made from craft paper with foil tags are often available. People can dispense beans into the bag, and may opt to put beans through a grinder, with the ground coffee falling into the bag. These coffee bags can be stamped with logos and other identifying information about the producer of the coffee or the store where it came from.
Coffee pouches and bags can often be ordered with custom designs and information. Some people like to give out coffee as a gift, and may order bags stamped with the name of their family or company, with holiday greetings, or with other types of messages. Personalized coffee bags can also be included in gift baskets and other promotional handouts so that people are reminded of the giver every time they brew a cup of coffee from the bag.
Some manufacturers of instant coffee make coffee bags which are inspired by tea bags. Consumers who want to brew a cup of instant coffee can drop one of these bags into a cup and pour boiling water over it. Such bags may also be designed to fit into modular coffee and espresso systems, with water being forced through the bag to brew the coffee.