Where to Buy Filter Bags for Ground Coffee and Tea ?

When I was still working as  Food Research Assistant, we conducted two studies: Barako Coffee in Filter Bags and Herb Coffee Flavored Coffee in Filter Bags.
The problem we encountered was purchasing filter bags.  This might not be as hard if we had the budget cause purchasing it from possible suppliers would be easy. Unfortunately we don’t had the budget for the costly packaging.
As an alternative, we purchased a cloth called “pilon”. We chose the thickness enough to hold coffee grounds and provide a good water permeability.  This cloth can be sealed with a heat sealer. Take a look at bottom picture.
Pilon cloth can be bought from Divisoria or from any cloth store.
The manual method of making filter bags is suitable only for experimental processing. Ask a friend mechanic or a nearby machine shop to fabricate a low-cost packing/sealing machine.
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Ma’am Fe N. Dimero told me that a tea store inside Farmer’s Plaza Cubao  is selling tea filter bags in small quantities. She forgot the store name (sorry!). If you are living in Manila, Quezon city and other nearby provinces, going there  and finding the store may not hurt.
ground coffee in filter bags and some fresh herbs
brewed coffee in filter bag

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

10 Replies to “Where to Buy Filter Bags for Ground Coffee and Tea ?”

  1. hi!,I like your writing very much! share we communicate more about your article on AOL? I require an expert on this area to solve my problem. May be that’s you! Looking forward to see you.

  2. hello! i find your articles very useful.keep it up! i’m currently assisting a cooperative who is engaged in rice coffee/tea. do you have any updates on suppliers for tea bags? and can you recommend the most suitable packaging for rice coffee? they are currently using PET bottles and also aluminum pouches with sticker labels. the PET bottles are quite costly (P11.00) as an alternative they are using aluminum SUP.

    1. thanks!
      pack it like packing real coffee. the most suitable and affordable is the laminated aluminum foil. it can be purchased from the company below for low volumes.
      MGM FOOD COMMODITIES CORPARATION
      61 Mariveles Corner Sultan streets
      Mandaluyong City 1150
      mgmfoods@yahoo.com
      02-5335111
      02-5335126
      02-7184277
      sorry! no update yet about the supplier. Try looking at this link [http://www.foodrecap.net/pack/philippine-packaging-suppliers/]. Or contact —–
      Dost-Packaging R&D Center Of The Philippines
      Location: Industrial Technology and Dev’t. Institute (DOST), DOST Bldg., Taguig, Metro Manila
      Telephone Numbers: (632) 837-2071 / 832-7530
      Fax: (632) 837-3167

  3. We are coffee dealers known as Mbinga Coffee Curing Company, found in Tanzania, we are interested to start packing filter coffee bags.
    Please may you advice us on how to start, and the necessary equipments as well as their price and how to get filter bags, appropriate sealing machine and any other necessities.
    We will be glad to get your assistance to this.
    Regard,
    David
    Marketing Officer

    1. I think the best way to start is finding a toll packer. It will save you time and effort. It is the quickest and perhaps the cheapest way to start. You can get idea from them what are the needed materials and equipment if you find it profitable and want to pack on your own. In case the venture is not feasible, closing down the product is also easy since you never purchased expensive equipment right away.

  4. Hi sir. Thank you for this article. I’m currently starting up a coffee business and finding an empty coffee/tea bag is quite challenging. I found few but the minimum order required is not within my budget. I do have few question about Pilon cloth though. Is this the same cloth used in diapers? Are there any bad effects to human’s health? Thank you.

    1. Yes it is safe. Some empty tea bags from OLX.com and Facebook marketplace are made of similar material. Hope you can still find a seller who sell small volume you can afford. When orders come in, buying them instead is more economical. It is different from diaper material. It will decompose but will take longer than paper version. Take note that they are treated with chemicals to drive away pest.

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