Coffee Pack Sizes
Let's explain why we don't sell small packs of coffee.
It has to do with maintaining our absolute freshness standards, eliminating unnecessary wastage and providing superior value coffees to our customers.
Most coffees are available in 1kg and 500g pack sizes. It also includes all the variants for grind types, and it spans more than 400 different coffee SKUs. It takes work to roast and keep fresh daily!
250g packs are a nuisance and a significant waste of expensive packaging materials.
It's not just us that think that way, as the entire coffee industry also believes 250g packs are a nightmare. Some brands remain fearful of not appealing to customers and continue to unquestioningly offer 250g packs for sale, hoping to hook the gullible buyer paying way too much for the same coffee.
Not only do 250g packs result in higher levels of wasted materials, but they also require a lot of extra costs for labour, handling, labels, and inventory management.
Ultimately, that higher cost bears out in the price that 250g packs sell for, representing inferior value for money.
A 250g pack hold a small amount of coffee. It's so tiny that it's almost pointless, as you can easily waste 100g of coffee dialling in a grinder for a new pack - nearly half gone.
All coffee grinders retain grounds.
These retained grounds must be purged thoroughly each time before making the next coffee.
Otherwise, you can use stale coffee, which could taste poorly.
Our objective at JustFreshRoasted has always been to offer customers the best possible value for their coffee spend.
That's not possible with 250g packs.
Why waste $$?
Packaging is expensive, and coffee bags may be in the higher-cost food packaging segment.
A quality coffee bag requires specialized 3-layer construction with a metalized middle layer as the critical freshness barrier.
There must also be a food-grade inner layer and a cosmetically appealing outer layer.
Coffee bags have a precision 1-way pressure activated valve that allows carbon dioxide, the off-gassing from freshly roasted coffee, to exhaust via the valve and prevent oxygen ingress.
Quality 3-layer bag construction and 1-way valves are expensive, so we aim for better value sizing as the cost base is almost the same for a 250g, 500g and 1kg bag.
Simply put, you pay 4x more for 250g packaging than 1kg bags, even before the extra labour and other costs.
There may be other features on coffee bags, such as zip locks, although these locks do not keep coffee fresh and are a general hindrance when packing coffee, increasing labour and handling expenses.
Zip locks also increase the quantity of non-recyclable materials in the bags, sometimes more than doubling.
Small packs are the domain of supermarkets and retail stores that don't care much about freshness or quality - happily stocking packs on their shelves until they sell. Not us.
At justfreshroasted.com.au, we move to a completely different story.
When too many options don't work
Having more pack sizes for each coffee is a risk to maintaining our freshness guarantee.
We have a broad range of different coffees available for sale, so having to pack a batch of freshly roasted coffee into three different sizes of bags is time-consuming and wasteful.
After 16 years of running online coffee businesses where it's essential to ship freshly roasted coffees immediately, we have zero time to waste by transferring coffee from one sized bag to another.
To achieve our freshness, quality and great value objectives, we will only ever pack in 500g and 1kg bag sizes.
You can also read our article about How long coffee lasts and how much you should buy.