Coffee bean packaging

packagingIf you’re importing or re-selling your own coffee beans, there are lots of factors to think about. Sourcing, storage, transport, flavour, quality control and cost are all vital considerations, but one aspect you may have overlooked is packaging.

Whether you’re packaging for trade or consumer use, key factors are brand consistency, efficiency, cost and practicality.

Cardboard canisters and tubs

A type of packaging often seen in trade packaging is cardboard canisters. They’re ideal for use in coffee shops, as they’re robust, stable, easy to open and reseal and practical to serve from. As a disadvantage, they take up a lot of storage space and are a more expensive option.

Metal canisters and tins

Metal canisters share the advantages of the cardboard tubs, and are even more robust. They’re more expensive to produce, and can be heavier. Some companies also offer promotional tins or storage tins designed to be on show in front of customers, but these are intended more for show than for practical storage as they’re not totally airtight.

Plastic packs

Made from sturdy plastic, soft bags are the most popular packaging option. They’re relatively cheap to produce, stack efficiently to maximise space, and keep the coffee beans as fresh as possible as they’re completely sealed. As disadvantages, they’re less robust than the canister options and are not designed to be opened and re-sealed, meaning than an opened bag must either be used immediately or decanted into another storage canister. For most companies, though, they’re the most practical and cost effective option. They’re also flexible, as it’s easy to alter the specifications to produce bags of different sizes for different quantities of coffee beans.

Our bags of coffee beans are supplied in strong plastic packaging for trade and commercial use, and are sealed to keep the contents fresh. For more information about our range of coffee beans, or to buy online, please visit our coffee beans page at