It isn’t enough for Starbucks to just offer great coffee. They also provide beautiful bags for some of their best whole bean roasts. Today I am here to celebrate three of my favorite Starbucks bags of art.
Starbucks Bag Art is unique because it covers the entire bag. In the examples below you will see I cut the bag in the back and then pulled apart the sticky seams and ironed the entire bag flat with my bare hands.
Now you can see how the art actually wraps around the entire bag of coffee. This art isn’t a sticker or a sliver of color — the art is the bag and the bag is the art and that makes Starbucks a celebration of the human spirit.
The first whole bean bag, Breakfast Blend, sings of
joy and sunrises. You look at the bag and you are made happy in a dark
world. The layered colors speak of purpose in waking to a necessary
existence. You are inspired to be more than just alive. You cannot be
unhappy holding this beans bag in your hand.
Our next art bag holds the elite Papua New Guinea Estate Roast.
The bag looks wet and slippery! There is a repressive and exotic
haunting that descends upon you as you grind the beans. The beans rain
on your taste buds as you sip their ashy goodness. I especially like
the semiotic butterfly embedded behind the title of the coffee and
mixed in with the leaves and the sexy, streaking, droplets of rain.
Finally, we get taken far away with the Arabian Mocha Timor
bag of art. I cut off the Starbucks logo at the bottom of the image for
this demonstration so you can see how the top of the ship’s mast
travels directly to the upper edge of the bag design. That point of the
mast is actually “lost from view” when the bag holds your beans — it
gets scrunched up in closing the open top of the bag — but the fact
that fine detail is there for you, waiting for you to discover it, is
what makes this bag my favorite. The coffee is dense on your tongue and
delicate in your nose. The erotic aroma takes you on a journey hinting
of oceans and of angry skies and there’s no place else I’d rather be
than keeping watch from the mast of that beautiful ship’s crow’s nest.
proves once again they are more than just beans in a bag. Starbucks has
an aesthetic and a love of human expression and if you doubt that moody
fact — go into a Starbucks and hold a pound of Bag Art in your hand.
Then youâ€™ll know beauty in 16 ounces of whole beans.