Bulk Coffee: Make the Bag Bigger!

Coffee beans spill out of a bulk coffee bag, pictured with scoop and cups

Want to enjoy a better cup? Consider switching to bulk coffee! Buying beans in bulk and brewing at home can be the smart way to go, for lots of reasons. Here’s why we think so:

The Biggest Reason: Better Taste

Why does the cup of Joe to-go you buy from that chain or local coffee shop taste so good? One reason might be the freshness of the beans. Those coffee shops serve a lot of coffee. The beans they use are ground every day and never have time to go stale. Freshness makes a huge difference in the taste of a cup of coffee.

If you’re brewing at home, whole bean coffee often delivers superior flavor. Why? When properly stored, pre-ground coffee stays fresh for just 3-5 months, but whole beans will last for a whopping 6-9 months. Order it in five pound bulk bags and grind just what you need, when you need it. You’ll taste the difference!

Two people with mugs and a chemex of organic coffee

More Options, Too

Equal Exchange roasts coffee at our headquarters and ships it out to cafes and specialty grocery stores all over the country – and to savvy customers. When you order directly from us, you’re getting high-quality beans that have just been roasted, not some batch that’s been sitting around at a warehouse. And there are lots of options to choose from!

Try an exciting single-origin or a new roast level. Or a fantastic new blend. Or even a limited edition seasonal from our Women in Coffee series. These coffees were created with cafes in mind, but you can enjoy them at home too, in bulk. The full range just isn’t available in our smaller retail packages.

Bulk coffee costs less and uses less packaging

The word “bulk” might conjure up a ridiculously giant package on the shelves of a buying club or discount store. But our bulk bags are five pounds – totally human-sized. Why buy that much? You’ll save money and waste less packaging.

Four mugs in front of a bulk bag of coffee

Let’s do the math. Let’s say you like Love Buzz. You can buy a 2-pack of bulk bags for $89.00 for 160 oz of coffee. That’s 56 cents an ounce. If you buy a single 12-oz bag off the shelf at a store, you’ll likely pay between $8.50 and $10. That comes out to 70-83 cents per oz.

That’s not the only savings. Coffee needs to be preserved from light and air to stay fresh. That means an airtight bag with a one-way valve. Bulk coffee means fewer bags — one bag for every five pounds of beans, instead of six bags — so it’s a win for the environment, too.

The Same Commitment to Small Farmers

To us, good coffee means coffee that’s grown by people who can make a fair living from their crop. We pay farmers a fair price, and we’re proud to share their stories – including innovations in their practices to involve youth in farming, preserve biodiversity, and diversify income to improve their communities. All Equal Exchange coffee, bulk or no, is fair trade.

A man in a white hat leans against a machete in front of a backdrop of misty mountains.
Sebastian Guzman, member of the co-op Comon Yaj Noptic in Mexico, explains his farm management and renovation work.

One More thing: Make Sure to Treat Your Bulk Coffee Right

Want the longest shelf-life and freshest taste? Preserve your beans from light, air and moisture. Read more about how to store coffee the correct way.

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Kate Chess

1 COMMENT

  1. Fran | 8th Apr 20

    Very informative. Thank you

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