The packaging in the coffee shops

January 17, 2024

        Nowadays coffee shops are seen in every street. Whether you are sipping coffee in a coffee shop or taking it out, you will find that coffee shops use a variety of different packaging to package their products. For consumers, they may only think the packaging looks nice, but in fact, besides the good looking, the packaging also has its own special functions, which is designed to better protect their packaging contents. So, what kind of packaging is used in coffee shops? Let’s take a look!

Coffee beans

        For the sustainable development of a coffee shop, their coffee beans must be stored well. At this time, their packaging is extremely important. What types of packaging are exactly good for coffee beans?

Bags for coffee beans

        Bags for coffee beans are the most common and affordable form of packaging. In this form of packaging, coffee beans are packed into air-tight bags to ensure freshness. At the same time the bags usually come with a label describing the origin, taste and aroma of the coffee beans.

Common types of packaging bags include

The Doypack stand-up bag

        The bottom of the stand-up bag is a bit round and the top is flat. No matter what kind of shelf it is placed on, it can stand naturally and smoothly. Stand-up bags are usually equipped with sealing strips.

The Side Fold Bag

        Side folding bags are a more traditional packaging style that are affordable and easy to use. They hold slightly more beans and has a simple and unique appearance. Side fold bags won't stand as stable, but are more solid. Side folding bags usually do not have sealing strips. When used, they are folded down from the top of the bag and then tied securely with labels or tin iron strips.

The Quadro Seal Bag

        Square sealed bags are similar to side fold bags. The difference is that the four corners are sealed which are square. They can also be equipped with sealing strips.

The Box Pouch/Flat Bottom Bag 

        The square appearance of the box/flat bag makes it look like a box. It has a flat bottom, which not only allows it to stand stably, but also has a huge market. It comes in a variety of sizes and can optionally be fitted with sealing strips. American flat-bottomed bags are a little different from European ones. The former is usually rolled up like a compact brick-shaped package, while the latter is usually equipped with a sealing strip.

Barrier performance/sustainable development—coffee bean bags

        The packaging bags need to be sealed to ensure the freshness of the coffee beans. You can know the sealing effect by observing whether the packaging bag is equipped with a one-way air inlet valve. This valve allows gas to go out, but not in. There is no need for a separate storage stage, but there will be some loss of aroma due to the outgassing process. It avoids the formation of rancid smell, but cannot prevent the loss of aroma. Coffee is very sensitive to external influences, so first you need to create a barrier around the bag. This will help avoid interference from oxygen, UV rays and other factors. Many of today's stand-up coffee bags have a three-layer metal or pure aluminum foil.

        Moreover, you can choose a double-layered high-barrier polyester laminate, which ensures the freshness of the coffee beans and is made from 100% plastic – including the one-way air inlet valve and sealing strip. These bags can be recycled in most Nordic countries. To prevent UV rays from entering the bag as much as possible, consider black or white polyester or print it with a dense pattern

        Pressurized packaging of coffee beans in coffee shops is the most expensive packaging method, but it can preserve coffee for up to two years. After just a few minutes of roasting, the coffee can be vacuum packed. After adding some inert gas, the appropriate pressure is maintained inside the package. The coffee beans are stored under pressure, allowing the aroma to remain on the fat, thus improving the flavor of the drink.

Cans for coffee beans

        Cans for coffee beans are usually metal or glass jars that are more airtight, so the beans will last longer. Canned coffee beans generally attract customers with brighter colors, which can arouse customers' desire to buy coffee beans. Of course, since cans are generally heavier than bags, they better protect against breakage of coffee beans caused by grinding and shipping. However, canned coffee beans are more expensive and they are more difficult to ensure the freshness of the beans.

Single cup packaging for coffee beans

        The rise of single-cup packaged coffee beans is in order to help the customers find a more convenient way to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee even when they don't want to grind coffee beans or cannot do so. This form of packaging is especially popular in coffee shops or offices because it ensures the quality and taste of every cup of coffee. However, this form of packaging is less friendly to the environment and carries a higher price per cup of coffee.

        For prepared coffee, except for the commonly used ceramic cups, we can also use plastic cups or paper cups.

        The use of both mainly depends on whether the coffee is iced or hot. Many coffee shops will use plastic cups if it is iced coffee. On the one hand, it can better reflect the color of coffee or other drinks and highlight the characteristics of coffee and drinks themselves. On the other hand, certain costs can be saved. If the coffee is hot, double-layer paper cups are generally used. Customized paper cups can reflect the brand story more specifically and beautifully on the paper cups. So what types of coffee cups are there?

        Generally speaking, there are three types of coffee cups

Single-layer paper cups

        Relatively cheap and suitable for one-time use. However, since single-layer paper cups have no thermal insulation layer, hot drinks will feel heat leaking out after being left inside for a period of time, and a cup sleeve is required to keep them warm.

Double-layer paper cups

        Double-layer paper cups have an air insulation layer between the inner and outer layers, which can effectively isolate heat energy and reduce heat loss. This kind of cup is suitable for hot drinks such as coffee, providing better heat preservation and avoiding burning your hands. PLA cup

        PLA cup is a biodegradable cup, usually made of plant starch and has good environmental protection. The cup is suitable for single use and is particularly suitable for coffee shops that need to express environmentally friendly values.

        For takeaway coffee, it generally needs to be repackaged. As for the packaging, the kraft paper bags are widely used because the concept of sustainable environmental protection has been deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. At the same time, the unique simple style and simple colors can further highlight the brand tone. But the plastic bags are seen everywhere because of its lower price.

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