The Bean Bag
The Bean Bag: a washable, secure-closure, reusable, cloth Coffee Bean Bag
The next time you go to the store for a fresh supply of coffee beans, don’t grab a throw-away paper bag—fill up The Bean Bag instead! With The Bean Bag (pat. pending), you get a thoughtfully-crafted, U.S.-made, reusable, fabric container specifically designed to transport your coffee beans or freshly ground coffee from the store to your home or office. The Bean Bag replaces that drab brown paper bag sitting on your counter with soft-but-durable cotton in a design of your choice, from the elegant Espresso Logo Bag to our hand-woven Guatemalan textile bags.
Landing in the landfill: many paper coffee bags are lined with a plastic film and are not recyclable. Reusable grocery bags are fast becoming the norm. Why not choose a cool reusable for your coffee beans, too? Across the U.S., coffee drinkers throw out over 5 million paper coffee bags every week! That’s a forest worth of paper (lined with plastic) that coffee drinkers throw in the garbage bin on a weekly basis.
The Bean Bag makes a great gift for your favorite coffee-drinker. The Bean Bag also fits as a sleeve over a standard one-pound coffee bag. And it can be filled with dry goods, too – rice, beans, pasta.
Does coffee stay fresh in a plastic-lined paper bag?
Hmmmm. That pesky oxygen can seep its way into a lot of tight spots. Each time we open a bag to pour out the daily dose, oxygen enters the bag, reacting with the beans or ground coffee. The “one-way valve” seen on some bags is to release CO2 built up when freshly-roasted beans are packaged and sealed. With this bag, too, once the top seal is broken, oxygen enters and reacts with the beans.
If you buy fresh beans every few weeks, staleness is not really a issue. If it takes you longer than three weeks to go through your coffee, then optimal storage to minimize degradation means putting the beans/ground coffee into an air-tight container, preferably with a vacuum pump. You can slip The Bean Bag directly into your air-tight container and seal in all that attractive goodness.
Wondering how to store your coffee beans to keep them fresh? You want to maximize the flavor of your beans from first cup to last, so take a quick look at how much coffee you go through in two weeks and set that as the maximum amount of coffee to load into The Bean Bag.
You may go to the grocery store about once a week, maybe twice. Instead of buying a month’s worth of coffee beans and storing them in the freezer, consider buying a smaller amount every week or two weeks during your regular shopping trip.
I know, I know, you’ve been buying more coffee beans at a time because you don’t want to waste a paper bag each time. That’s why The Bean Bag is the perfect solution to your dilemma. Most of our customers buy two Bean Bags. One is on the counter with beans or ground coffee and the other is folded up in their grocery bag. Each week, or every other week, they buy fresh coffee just as the bag on the counter is almost empty. They trade out the bags, with the just-emptied bag going into the grocery bag, ready for next week’s shopping trip.
Coffee experts agree: you should never, ever store your coffee in a paper bag in the freezer. Even the plastic lining – or a plastic coffee bag – will not keep it fresh. If you must freeze, place the beans or ground coffee in an air-tight container and put that in the fridge or freezer. The Bean Bag can go straight into that storage container before you place it into the ol’ icebox.
Here’s a link to some beautiful coffee canisters on etsy.