Applications and properties:
Alufoil’s total barrier to light, gases
and moisture – which provides the
perfect preservation of aroma and
product characteristics – is the
principal reason for its use in flexible
laminates for coffee, tea and other
instant drinks. It can help to extend
the viable life of such sensitive
products for many months, even years.
● Safety and compatibility
Alufoil is perfectly suitable for direct
contact with coffee, tea and other
instant drinks. In most applications,
alufoil is not in contact with the
product as it is used in association
with other materials within a laminate.
● Decorative potential
Alufoil’s metallic finish plus com-
patibility with all printing methods
provides designers with scope to
create stunning graphic designs and
● Heat conductivity
Aluminium is very conductive to heat.
This can help minimise pouch and
sachet sealing times and evens out
the temperature gradient, helping to
protect product quality.
● Heat resistance
Although alufoil conducts heat
efficiently, it also stands up to all
temperature variations encountered in
the processing and use of packaging –
such as in foil capsules used in some
coffee making machines and systems.
Thanks to its barrier function, alufoil
packaging efficiently protects and
reduces spoilage of sensitive products
and can save energy and material
resources. After use, aluminium can
be repeatedly recycled without loss of
quality and at a fraction of its original
energy cost. Alufoil laminate is suitable
for both separate and multi-material
collection systems according
national and local conditions. The
energy content can also be recovered
by thermal treatment.
Coffee, tea and instant drinks
EAFA European Aluminium Foil Association
Part 3.1.4: Coffee, tea and instant drinks
Edition – March 2005
Key: Essential/important Advantageous
The sensitive nature of coffee and tea has
been evident ever since these ‘luxuries’
were first shipped across the world.