Looking at a full container load purchase of Brazil and want to get better efficiencies out of your roasting production?
Switching from traditional 30kg and 60kg bags to Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC), commonly known as bulk bags or big bags, can significantly enhance a coffee roaster’s operations. These large, durable bags typically hold anywhere from 500 to 2000 kilograms and offer a range of advantages that streamline processes, improve efficiency, and reduce manufacturing costs.
Firstly, FIBC bags revolutionise storage and transportation logistics. Their larger capacity means fewer bags are required to handle the same quantity of coffee beans. This reduces the need for excessive pallets, storage space, and handling, thereby optimising warehouse space and simplifying inventory management. The consolidation of coffee beans into fewer, larger bags also minimises the risk of damage or spillage during transportation.
We have seen roasters shift to bulk bags over the years when they start roasting more than 1000kg of the same coffee each week or so. Each bag acts as a movable silo and can be incorporated effectively into existing production setups with very little cost involved.
Moreover, FIBC bags are more cost-effective in the long run. While the initial investment might seem higher compared to traditional bags, the reduced need for individual bags, pallets, and labour for handling and transport results in substantial cost savings over time. Additionally, their reusable nature lowers overall packaging expenses and environmental impact, aligning with sustainability goals—an increasingly important consideration in the modern business landscape.
Beyond logistical and financial benefits, FIBC bags also contribute to improved product quality. These bags are designed with materials that offer superior protection against external factors like moisture, light, and contaminants. This enhanced protection helps preserve the freshness and quality of the coffee beans by shielding them from elements that could compromise their flavour profile.
FIBC bags also offer greater convenience during the roasting process. Their larger size facilitates the handling of bulk quantities, making it easier and more efficient for roasters to transfer beans to the roasting equipment. Streamlining this process can lead to increased productivity and reduced downtime, allowing roasters to focus more on their craft and less on logistical challenges.
Uses for FIBC bags extend beyond coffee transportation and storage. They can be repurposed for various applications within the roasting facility or in other parts of the supply chain, adding further value to their use.
At Minas Hill, we see the shift from traditional 60kg bags to FIBC bags offering a multitude of benefits for coffee roasters. From streamlined logistics and cost savings to improved product quality, these larger, more durable bags elevate the efficiency, effectiveness, and overall performance of the roasting process. Embracing FIBC bags not only optimises operations but also aligns with sustainable practices, making it a smart choice for coffee roasters looking to enhance their business in multiple aspects.