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What are Coffee Bags?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 16, 2024
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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.

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Discussion Comments
By Ivan83 — On Sep 19, 2011

My girlfriend runs an art therapy studio that does craft projects with people who have mental and physical disabilities. They are a non profit and always looking for ways to raise funds to support their mission.

One idea that they have had a lot of success with is selling coffee. They have the clients who come into the studio decorate the bags with drawings or anything that they can think of. When they are done each bag is unique. They fill the bags with nice coffee and sell them for a good price.

I think it is a great idea because anyone who buys one gets a great bag of coffee and an original piece of art. The clients really seem to like doing it and they put a lot of work into the bags that they make. It is a clever and effective way to support an organization that does a lot of good work.

By truman12 — On Sep 19, 2011

A friend of mine's father brews his own coffee. He has a roaster on his back porch that will roast 5 pounds of coffee at a time. He gives the coffee away to friends and family and also sells it at a local farmers market. As you might guess, it is incredible and unlike any cup of coffee I have ever had.

He buys his beans from Costa Rica and they come to him in huge burlap sacks that look a lot like potato sacks or a bag that lots of flour would come in. He only buys one at a time because there are so many beans in each that they last for months.

I always thought it was a strange sight to go into this nice suburban home, and then to walk out on their back porch and see this makeshift coffee brewing operation going. There are beans crunched up on the floor everywhere and the smell is almost overpowering. He has told me that when he is roasting he gets a lot of calls from neighbors, half to compliment him and half to complain.

By summing — On Sep 18, 2011

I grew up in Kansas City and they have a big local roaster who supplies lot of the coffee that gets brewed in coffee houses around the city. They also sold bags of pre-ground coffee in most of the local grocery stores.

They had these really cool bags that had a feature I have never seen anywhere else. At the tops of the bags they had a kind of vent that you could open up by applying a little pressure. The minute you pressed down you got a big whiff of all the strong smelling coffee inside. Once you smelled it it was really hard not to buy a bag and race home to brew up a pot. It was really a clever gimmick and I'm surprised that more companies haven't tried this themselves.

By Monika — On Sep 17, 2011

When I was younger, I used to drink instant coffee sometimes. I was amazed that you can pretty much brew it like a cup of tea! I know a lot of people who drink coffee turn their noses up at instant coffee bags, but they work in a pinch!

Now when I go to the office the coffee I drink doesn't even come in a bag! We have this one-serving coffee maker that takes these little plastic containers. You insert the container into the slot, press a button, and voila! Coffee!! I actually prefer this method to any kind of bagged coffee because it's so much cleaner and easier.

By John57 — On Sep 17, 2011

One of the first things I do in the morning is make myself a pot of coffee. I keep a small coffee grinder beside my coffee pot because I like to grind my coffee beans for a fresh cup.

When I am in a hurry I don't always take the time to do this, so have some coffee on hand that I have already ground.

I keep an empty coffee bean bag for the purpose of storing my ground coffee in. One way to make sure your coffee is fresh is to store it in the freezer. Even though a bag of coffee doesn't last long around my house, this way I know it is always fresh.

By Potterspop — On Sep 16, 2011

I was at a wedding recently where the favors were specially designed gourmet coffee bags. I thought this was a lovely idea, as most people can make use of such a gift.

This would be a really good business idea I think. I don't know how much coffee bags are, wholesale, but it would be cheaper than buying at a store for sure.

By golf07 — On Sep 16, 2011

I recently attended a party where they had personalized gourmet coffee bags has a party favor.

These coffee bags were filled enough gourmet coffee to make one pot. Each bag had a personalized sticker on it as a reminder of my friends birthday.

Most of my friends are big coffee drinkers, so this was a great idea to give as a party favor. The coffee didn't last long, but I thought this was a thoughtful way to thank people for coming to your party.

By Acracadabra — On Sep 16, 2011

When I stayed in a budget hotel chain in California I was pleasantly surprised to see the room had a coffee maker. They provided two ground coffee bags a day for it, one regular and one decaf.

They looked like a kind of pouch and were totally enclosed, so no mess at all. I wish I could find something similar for my home machine. I get tired of cleaning the grounds out of the thing!

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