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Wine Bottles are “Green” Coffee Storage

What is “Green” Coffee Storage?

When I say “green” I am not necessarily referring to the color of the bottle, but the somewhat cliched term meaning that you should “recycle, reuse and re-purpose” mostly everything.

INTRODUCTION

When you open a new bag of sealed coffee or coffee beans, don’t you want to  store the coffee to preserve the maximum taste and aroma and also be “green”?

A New Innovation

A couple of years ago my husband came up with this clever way to store coffee.  We had quite a few bottles laying around and since we live in the country, we do not make frequent trips to the recycling center.

One day he decided to see if putting the beans in the wine bottle would vacuum seal the coffee beans.

He places a funnel over the spout, and poured the beans in until almost full, placed the wine stopper on the top and using a wine saver pump, removed all the air. The result? Fresh coffee day after day! Ingenious! This is the wine stopper and pump set we use and it the best one we have uses so far:

 THE BEST REASONS TO USE A WINE BOTTLE FOR YOUR COFFEE:

  •  The bottle is glass
  •  Wine bottles you may have in your house are re-purposed
  • Wine bottles are usually pretty easy to obtain.
  • If you don’t have wine bottles, there is a good chance someone you know will!
  • Inexpensive since it is re-purposing something you or someone else bought!

However…

A disadvantage is that there is no “one size fits all”. Our wine stoppers fit on our 750 ml wine bottles, but not all wine stopper brands will fit with a proper seal. You WILL have to test the wine stopper you choose to buy with your wine bottle to ensure that there is a vacuum seal. Also, you have to buy the pump and stopper from the same manufacturer as they are not interchangeable.


NOTE

  • Generally, it takes more than one wine bottle for a bag of coffee beans.
  • Our 12 oz bags of coffee beans take one full bottle plus another 1/3 of another one.

What do you think of this idea for storing our coffee?

Would you re-purpose your wine bottles?

Let me know in the comments!

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6 Comments

  1. Wow, who would have thought of this! What an awesome idea. Can you tell me about instant coffees and which are the best? Thank you.

  2. Instant coffee. To be honest I have never tried instant coffee before. I will let you know what I dig up and “brew” up an article.

  3. Henna Henna

    What a clever idea, never thought about it! I tend to have some wine bottles laying around, but never have figured out a way to re-use them. And as I’m all about recycling, I find this quite interesting. 🙂

    Do you have any other “green” ideas regarding the topic? What other good ways are there to keep the coffee fresh and nice?

    • DebbieK DebbieK

      Henna, I forget to mention that there are also stainless steel air-tight container that can be bought to keep beans fresh. I personally have not used them so I cannot comment on whether or not they work as well as the claim. I do know that the wine bottles work though 🙂

      Happy Coffee Drinking!

      Debbie

  4. Henna Henna

    What a clever idea, never thought about it! I tend to have some wine bottles laying around, but never have figured out a way to re-use them. And as I’m all about recycling, I find this quite interesting. 🙂

    Do you have any other “green” ideas regarding the topic? What other good ways are there to keep the coffee fresh and nice?

    • DebbieK DebbieK

      Thank you so much for visiting my site, Henna. I am so glad you liked the ideas.

      As far as other ways to keep coffee fresh and nice? You can also vacuum seal the beans. We do that as well. Very soon I will post a review on our Food Saver Vacuum Sealer that we own and use for coffee beans as well as garden produce and many other things (can be used for non food items too). These bags can be re-used several times.

      Hope this helps!

      Debbie

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