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The Process of Canning & Bottling Coffee

At Newport Bottling & Canning, we have the ability to run production lines at our in-house facility for canning and bottling coffee. As the coffee industry continues to evolve, industry reports say more Americans are searching for convenient, on-the-go caffeinated beverage options. Within the past few years, ready-to-drink (RTD) coffees have been sweeping grocery store shelves. The RTD coffee market is projected to reach over $40 billion by 2027.

If you plan to pursue the canned coffee market, it’s helpful to understand the process of canning and bottling coffee. Unlike RTD juices, flavored waters, or energy drinks, bottling and canning coffee comes with a few different challenges. Our team of beverage specialists can help make your custom coffee drinks a reality.

How to Start Bottling Coffee

Formulating a strong concept for your bottled coffee drink is a good place to start. Consider all the factors of other RTD coffee drinks on the market – nitro cold brew, espresso, non-dairy, sugar-free, and vegan – to understand where your bottled coffee will compete

Other than ingredients, your coffee drink could stand out from the rest because of your brand mission, background, or health benefits. Potential customers should be able to see the passion behind your RTD coffee drink. For these reasons, you should partner with a beverage formulation company that can execute your dream beverage. 

At Newport Bottling & Canning, we have an in-house commercial coffee roaster and a skilled flavor chemist with years of experience in flavoring coffee beans. Our research & development team specializes in using the most innovative ingredients to create phenomenal flavors and aromas. Created by the same expert flavor chemist behind Nature’s Flavors, Newport Bottling & Canning has access to all of the best natural and organic flavorings as well as coffee beans and flavored coffees to help you make your specialty coffee beverage.

Pasteurizing & Canning Cold Brew Coffee

Brewing a batch of cold brew coffee is a much different process than making standard hot coffee. The use of heat is traded in for time and cooler temperatures. However, because of the brewing process and higher pH levels, cold brew coffee creates an environment for pathogens to grow. 

Canning cold brew coffee to meet food safety regulations requires pasteurization. The process of pasteurization eliminates and controls the growth of microorganisms in RTD beverages with the use of heat. Beverage manufacturers have Food Safety Plans in place demonstrating their methods to control fundamental manufacturing risks. 

Production Lines for Coffee

To understand production runs for canned and bottled coffees, you need to know how a canning line works.

Cans or bottles are manually loaded and fed onto a conveyor belt, where they are filled with the custom drink formulation, in this case, coffee. Next, the cans receive their coordinating lids or caps and move on to lot coding. After coding, the bottles or cans of coffee undergo tunnel pasteurization and then cooling. Lastly, your coffee beverage is ready for packing, wrapping, and shipping.

To start formulating a canned or bottled coffee drink today, contact our team of beverage consultants.