Why Do One-Pound Bags Come in Different Sizes?
An expert roaster provides the inside scoop
Next time you stop by your favorite Starbucks®, take a moment to compare a bag of light roast to a bag of dark. You’ll see the dark bag is a couple inches taller than the light bag. Here’s why:
Coffee is a fruit. The beans start out soft and green. But during the roasting process, they expand in size while actually losing up to 15 percent of their weight. That means more beans to the pound, and thus the bigger bag.
Case in point: thanks to our Director of Global Coffee’s sons, Keegan and Devin, we counted the beans in each bag of light, medium, and dark roasts. There were 4,168 beans in a pound of dark, 3,941 in a pound of medium, and 3,104 in a pound of light roasted coffee. (Keep that tidbit handy for trivia night.)