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.
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!
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.
- 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!