How is Coffee Packaged – Here are Top 8 Ways to keep your Coffee Safe

An effective coffee packaging helps maintain flavor, aroma and freshness. Even with the most efficient coffee packaging machine, you need the best packaging bags and solutions.

Here are some coffee packaging solutions for you:

Different Ways of Packaging Coffee

Below are some of the different ways through which coffee can be packaged:

1. Coffee Pouches or Bags

Coffee Pouch
Coffee Pouch

There are different types of coffee pouches or bags that you will find being sold on the market. These bags are designed to come in different types, sizes, shapes, and designs to meet your individual needs. They can include:

  • Foil bags

These bags mostly are also known as one-way valves. They come with one-way valves to ensure gases (CO2) goes out without allowing air enter the bag.

  • Polyethylene bags

Mostly used for powder or ground coffee. These bags mostly come with foil lining to add more protection.

  • Two-way valve bags

These types of bags are not very common. However, they are designed to allow both oxygen enter and CO2 go out. They are ideally used in cases where there is the need for such a balance.

  • Vacuum bags

With these bags, air is totally taken out from bags before it is sealed. This creates a vacuum. This process ideally extends the shelf life of coffee and prevents oxidation.

  • Stand-up pouches

Features – These types are designed with zippers that can be resealed, valves to degas, and most times, tin-ties to make resealing easy.

  • Box pouches or flat bottom bags.

Features – These bags stand upright because of their flat bottom. They mostly come with a zipper that can be resealed and a valve for degassing.

  • Side gusset bags.

Features – These bags expand when they are filled. In addition, they can lay flat or stand upright. They mostly come designed with valves, but do not always come with a feature that re-sealable.

  • Quad seal bags.

Features – They come with four corner seals to give them structure. These seals also helps them stand up right. They mostly come with a valve for degassing and unique options for resealing.

2. Coffee Cans

Coffee Cans
Coffee Cans

These types of packaging for coffee include:

  • Tin cans

They provide complete safety against air, moisture, and light. They ensure coffee whether in whole bean or ground form is kept fresh.

  • Composite cans

Designed with cardboard and metal combined. They mostly come with a liner within for added safety.

  • Plastic or glass jars

Some firms or companies make use of these for instant or ground coffee. They can be reused. However, they are not common for whole coffee beans.

  • Metal cans (tin or aluminum)

They mostly come with a lid that is peel-off and a top that is either a metal or plastic, can be re-sealed.

3. Coffee Closures

Below are the different coffee packaging closures available:

  • Metal can with Snap-on lids and pull tab

Features – Come with pull-tabs for first opening and a Snap-on lid to make resealing easier.

  • Glass jar with screw-top lids

Features – An airtight sealing with the screw-top lid.

  • Resealable zippers

Features – Come with in-built zippers ideally used in bags and pouches to make resealing possible.

  • Tin tie closures

Features – These come in the form of metal ties linked to the top of the bag. These can be twisted or folded down to seal bags.

  • Degassing valves

Features – These one-way valves make it easier for carbon dioxide to go out from bag without welcoming air or oxygen in.

  • Snap-on lids

Features – Come with metal or plastic lids that snap when the can is opened. They are very easy to use.

  • Screw-top lids

Features – These lids are screwed onto containers.

  • Heat seals

Features – These are sealed with heat in order to have airtight and tamper-proof closures created. These are mostly used in addition with other features such as tin ties or zippers.

  • Pull tabs

Features – These tabs are designed to be pulled for the package to open. They are used combined with Snap-on lid closures. This makes it easy to know when the package is tampered with.

4. Coffee Pods and Capsules

Below are the different types of coffee pods and capsules available:

Coffee Capsule
Coffee Capsule
  • Single-serve coffee pods

Features – Mostly made from paper, are typically in the round shape, have flat pods that have ground coffee in them, designed to be used for pod coffee makers, etc.

  • Plastic coffee capsules

Features – Made to be safe with food-grade plastic features, easy to use, light in weight, etc.

  • Aluminum coffee capsules

Features – Made ideally from aluminum and they are designed to be fully airtight. They are easy to recycle, retain flavor of coffee beans, etc.

5. Coffee Caddies and Tins

The different types of packaging for coffee under coffee caddies and tins include:

Coffee Tins
Coffee Tins
  • Classic metal tins

These types are made of tin plates or aluminum and mostly in the form of a rectangle or cylinder with lids that fit tightly. They are durable and ideal as gift sets, premium whole beans, or even ground coffee.

  • Decorative tins

These are made with tinplate of the highest quality. They come in different shapes and have decorative finishes. You will find them being used mostly to package limited edition coffees, seasonal blends, etc.

  • Tea caddy style tins

Mostly made of aluminum or tinplate and in unique rectangular or square shapes. You will see that they have a lid that is airtight or hinged. They can be reused as well.

  • Mini sample tins

These types are mostly small with a Snap-on or screw top lid. You will find them used a lot for promotional samples, trials, for travelling, etc.

6. Coffee Packets (Sticks)

When it comes to coffee sticks, there are many options you can consider such as:

Coffee Stick
Coffee Stick
  • Instant coffee sticks

These are mostly made from multilayered structured plastic or foil to ensure coffee is always protected within. They are light in weight and easy to move around.

  • Ground coffee sticks

Just like coffee packets or sticks, this type mostly uses plastic or foil for protection purposes. They mostly contain ground coffee that has been already measured to make a cup of coffee.

  • Coffee mix sticks

These types are mostly made using laminated plastic or foil to ensure light and moisture does not cause any form of damage to ground coffee within. It can contain creamer, coffee, and sugar for an all-in-one experience.

7. Bulk Bags and Boxes

Coffee Box
Coffee Box

Below are some of the unique bulk bags and boxes for coffee packaging:

  • Bulk bags

These are mostly made of Kraft paper, woven polypropylene or plastic. Some of the designs with these bags include valve bags, lined bags, open-mouth bags, etc.

  • Bulk boxes

These box types are corrugated fiberboards or heavy-duty cardboards, mostly with inner liners for extra safety. Some of its designs are the standard large boxes, the bag in box, etc.

8. Eco-friendly Packaging

Some eco-friendly coffee packaging types are:

  • Compostable coffee bags with degassing valves

These types are made from materials that are compostable with a compostable degassing valve too. Due to this, the freshness of coffee is always kept within.

  • Recyclable mono-material bags or pouches

These are made from one type of recyclable plastic and are very easy to recycle and potent in keep coffee safe as well.

  • Reusable glass jars that have airtight lids

Made from metal or silicone airtight lids. These can be reused many times and can maintain coffee freshness for the longest.

  • Paper type pouches with biodegradable lining

Made mostly from Kraft paper at the back and biodegradable lining within. This look is always natural and you will feel safe using it.

  • Plant based plastic

Plant based plastic types are made using bio-based polymers obtained from cornstarch or sugarcane. This makes them very safe and ensures carbon footprint is low.

Some merits of these packaging methods include:

  • Durable
  • Re-usable
  • Have strong barrier properties
  • It is possible to seal hermetically
  • Great shelf life


The right coffee packaging plays a vital role in ensuring how much freshness and quality the coffee is. This is why you need to know the right details and decide on the right packaging always.

More resources:

Coffee Packaging Process – Source: JOCHAMP


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