Coffee bag

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Two Brazilian coffee bags

A Coffee bag is a large bag used for coffee storage and transport. Traditionally it is made of jute and has a content of 60 kilograms (130 pounds), this type of bag originated in Brazil and became a worldwide standard.[1] It also became a measurement unit to this day, for example FAO's statistics on coffee production are expressed in 60-kg bags.[2]

Jute fibers are treated with mineral oil (used to be whale oil) to improve Spinnability, which raised questions about coffee contamination from these hydrocarbons, but further studies showed it to be infinitesimal.[3]

Once used, these decorative bags can be recycled or upcycled for many uses including in clothing.[4][5][self-published source]

However, this long-time symbol of coffee trade is starting to be replaced by huge polypropylene or polyethylene bags, increasingly used for coffee exports - especially from Brazil.[6]


  1. ^ Marcelo Raffaelli. Woodhead Publishing, ed. Rise and Demise of Commodity Agreements : An Investigation into the Breakdown of International Commodity Agreements. p. 256. ISBN 978-1855731790.
  2. ^ "Annex 1: World Coffe Production Statistics". Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  3. ^ Mustafizur Rahman (2000). "The Contamination of Jute Products". The Journal of The Textile Institute. 92 (2): 146–149.
  4. ^ "Cappuccino vs. Latte vs. Macchiato vs. Mocha vs. Flat White". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  5. ^ Ida Tomshinsky (2012). Xlibris, ed. About Being able to Look GOOD in a Burlap Sack.
  6. ^ Reese Ewing. "Brazil ditches standard jute coffee bags, leading move toward bulk". Retrieved 2016-12-25.