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Coffee Bags Are The New Burlap
Burlap bags used to be everywhere but it's hard to find them today. Jared Kuiper has an alternative. The Kamloops, B.C., farmer contracts with a coffee roaster to buy coffee bean bags, cleans them up, and then resells them.
  The bags measure 40 in. long by 28 in. wide and are made of 100 percent organic jute fiber. They come in 6 different kinds of weaves depending on the weight of the fabric, but any of the bags can hold 150 lbs. or more.
  "These bags have many uses around the farm," says Kuiper. "They work great for storing produce, greasy shop parts, feed, grain, and just about anything else you can think of. Some people use them to make clothes, aprons, vests, tote bags, or even cushions. Others use them to make crafts or to make wall hangings or as a boot mat for the shop or mudroom.
  "They make excellent game bags for fishermen and hunters. Target shooters stuff them with hay or plastic bags to produce a long lasting target, as the weaves allow the bullet to pass through without much damage. The bags can also be used for shipping and packaging."
  The bags sell for $2.50 apiece plus S&H, with discounts for orders of 25 or more.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jared Kuiper, 514 Robbins Range Road, Kamloops, B.C., Canada V2C 6W1 (ph 250 371-4519; jared.kuiper@gmail.com; www.burlapbarn.com).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #5