Klabin, Brazil’s largest paper producer and exporter, has formalized an agreement with the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Specialty Coffee Association of Brazil (BSCA), Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and packaging manufacturer Videplast Indústria de Embalagens for a study entitled ‘Development of Packaging and Storage Methods for Specialty Coffees.’ The partners in the project believe that paper packaging could protect the aroma and flavour of specialty coffee and preserve the original characteristics of coffee whilst enabling the product to be stored for longer.
The study will be coordinated by Flávio Meira Borém, a professor in the engineering department at UFLA. It will analyse the characteristics of specialty coffee over the whole supply chain, from the producer, through storage in the producing country to export and storage in the consuming country.
The new coffee packaging developed by Klabin in partnership with Videplast is made from high-strength paper that can be printed in up to eight colours. With a capacity of 30kg, the sack is hermetically sealed using a film that serves as a barrier and protects against light, while also featuring an ‘easy open’ system that makes it easier for the end client to open and store the coffee.
For more information, see the forthcoming March 2016 issue of Coffee & Cocoa International.