Resolution 2020 – Choose to Re-Use

What can you choose to re-use?

2020 vision brings clarity to the world around you. Let the year 2020 do the same. Choose just one thing that you’ve been putting off, and do it by February. On February 1st, choose one more…

And while you’re at it, choose a great new Bean Bag to take with you to the store. The standard paper coffee bag is often lined with plastic film, or uses a wire closure, so it’s not recyclable. The Bean Bag solves this problem.

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Best Christmas/Holiday Coffee Gift

For the coffee lovers in your life. The perfect holiday gift idea for people near and far.

Green Forest Blend
Fill at your local roaster or store with coffee beans or a gift card – the perfect present.

Friends and Family – Have us mail The Bean Bag to your friends and family, while you send them a holiday card and a gift certificate to their favorite local coffee roaster or a new store they might like to try. What a thoughtful and personal holiday gift that they will use for years. Free shipping in the U.S.! Low flat rate to Canada! 

Colleagues – You need a neutral gift for the office gift exchange. Something clever and useful. The Bean Bag is a great gift on its own, or add a gift card from a nearby coffee roaster or grocery store. Your lucky giftee can use The Bean Bag for beans, rice, pasta or other dry goods if they are not a coffee drinker.

Clients – Show your customers you care about quality and sustainability with a gift of The Bean Bag. The Bean Bag will remind them of your top quality work for years to come. Fill The Bean Bag yourself with an unusual origin – Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, perhaps – or go with a deep smoky French Roast, a light and tasty Costa Rica, or a gift card for a coffee store near your client’s office.

Guatemalan Red Stripe - 3 colors available
The Bean Bag in sturdy fair-trade Guatemalan fabric – what a gift!

Everyone – Purchase The Bean Bag in one of our beautiful new Guatemalan fair-trade fabrics and load in up to a pound of coffee beans at your local store or roaster. A simple bow on top and your affordable, useful holiday gift is ready for giving.

Order Deadline to arrive by December 25th: For your gift to arrive anywhere in the Lower 48 States by end of day December 24th, please order by midnight on December 16th. That gives us time to get your perfect gift selected, packaged and to the U.S. Postal Service in time. Other destinations in the U.S., Canada, or further abroad, here’s the USPS schedule: USPS Holiday Shipping deadlines. We’ll need your order 48 hours before the USPS deadline to get your gift under the tree in time.


christmas gift, coffee gift, holiday gift

How to Store Your Coffee Beans

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. groceries and fresh coffee beansMost 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.

The Bean Bag on Instagram – @thecoffeebeanbag

You can now find The Bean Bag on Instagram: @thecoffeebeanbag

We’ve been rolling along – designing, prototyping, product testing, patenting. It took a year to find a top-quality U.S. The Bean Bag logo's Cup & Saucer with steaming hot coffeemanufacturer for The Bean Bag. Following that up with inventory management and quality control. Plus processing and filling all of your orders. Now we are ready to share this cool bag on social media. Check us out on Instagram and share your coffee photos.


Why is The Bean Bag’s Instagram username @thecoffeebeanbag? Because a styrofoam pellet chair had already snagged The Bean Bag for their domain name. That makes sense. Turns out “thebeanbag” is also pretty common on Instagram, so we added “coffee” to help you find exactly the right kind of Bag for your Beans.

Imagine thinking you were ordering a rugged, washable, secure-closure bag for your coffee beans only to have a huge chair full of styrofoam delivered to your door. They sure are comfortable, but it’s hard not to spill your coffee trying to get up out of one.


Italian Design for Italian Roast Beans

We have the perfect bag for your Italian Roast coffee beans! These reusable and washable secure-closure bags are on their way from our mid-West sewing contractor this week. The bags are made of a beautiful 100% cotton fabric and feature a gorgeous Italian “pavone” design reminiscent of the Venetian or Florentine style of marbled papers that gained popularity in 17th-century Italy. The marbleizing technique is still in use today. For more historical background on marbleizing, check out this June, 2018 story in Italy magazine.

Marbleized paper may have first been developed in 12th century Japan. The art form evolved in the Middle East and Europe in the 15th – 17th centuries. Colored pigments are floated on a liquid, and paper or fabric are carefully placed on or drawn across the medium to create intricate, flowing and unique designs. The design is named “pavone” in Italian because it looks like peacock feathers.

Italian Roast is a distinctively dark roast, so you’ll enjoy using a distinctive bag for this special coffee.


The Bean Bag lineup of reusable cloth coffee bean bags for whole beans or ground coffee

Easy-To-Send Thoughtful Coffee Gift

You’ve got some faraway friends and family that you want to surprise and delight with a personal gift this holiday season.

STEP 1. Order The Bean Bag sent directly to them.

STEP 2. Cruise the internet to find a coffee roaster near their house or apartment and order a $10 or $15 gift card, also sent direct.

STEP 3. Settle back with a cup of coffee and catch up on your reading.

Shipping is free and you don’t have to wait in line at the Post Office. Please order by December 15 for delivery by December 24.

New 100% Organic Cotton Coffee Bean Bags

The best things are worth searching for! We’ve found a beautiful, heavy-weight, 100% organic cotton to create our new solid color coffee bean bags. Just in time for Thanksgiving and the Holidays, the new bag colors have coffee drink names, of course – Latte (natural), Espresso (deep brown), and Pumpkin Spice (soft orange). Plus Salted Caramel (medium brown), Matcha (green), and Midnight in Morocco (deep blue).

Wondering what to give a colleague at the office gift exchange? Order The Bean Bag now, fill it up with a pound of French Roast at your local coffee roaster or grocery store a few days before the party, wrap it in holiday paper, or not… The Bean Bag looks great on its own and you can slip a gift tag through the label.

There, that was so easy!

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Spring Break – Coffee Lovers Hit The Road

This Spring, we are looking forward to lots of houseguests, with travelers stopping by from all across the country, many of them coffee lovers who will be leaving with The Bean Bag of their own. While guests are here, we keep three bags on the counter: World Traveler holds my favorite espresso beans, while French Roast for pour-overs is in H2O, and Citrus-Lime Burst is for our decaf drinkers. We love having family and friends with such a broad range of habits (and caffeine tolerances) sitting together enjoying a cup of coffee first thing every morning. For us, those times together are the memories that we most cherish.

With many trips to the grocery store over the winter, we have begun using The Bean Bags not just to carry our coffee, but for many other bulk ingredients. The Bean Bag works great for nuts and grains. Fill it up with pecans for pie, or with rice for your aunt’s famous pilaf!

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, you can order The Bean Bag with expedited shipping. We roll out new fabrics and designs quarterly, so make sure to keep checking back. Or contact us with a fabric or color request and we’ll look for something that fits your style.

Storing Your Coffee Beans

Storing Your Coffee Beans

So you’ve filled The Bean Bag with a pound of beautiful, toast-toned, freshly-roasted Guatemalan beans, made the trek back home through traffic and are unpacking your grocery bags, storing each item in its place.

The apples go in the frig to retain their crispness. The garlic comes out of the plastic bag and into a basket – garlic lasts longest when it’s kept out of the light, with good air circulation. If you use it up fairly quickly, keep it in a small basket on the counter, out of the sun. If it takes you a while to go through, place the basket on a cupboard shelf, where it can hang out in the dark with the rice and cornmeal.

And now, for the coffee.

The Bean Bag was designed by and for coffee lovers, whether you brew a cup of single-origin reserve every morning or pour yourself some breakfast blend on the way out the door.

For the aficionados, we recommend following the National Coffee Association’s optimal coffee storage guidelines here. To keep coffee at maximum freshness, experts recommend storing whole beans in an air-tight storage container. When you get home from the store with fresh beans, either empty the beans from your Bean Bag into the storage container or place the entire Bean Bag in the container. Pump the vacuum button to remove as much air as possible and set the container away from the sun or any heat source to retain as much freshness as possible.

Many devoted coffee drinkers are less concerned about maintaining absolute peak freshness and are happy to keep their coffee beans or grounds in the bag until using them. Paper bags allow oxygen to reach your beans, and even in the freezer can affect taste if stored this way for several weeks, or longer. We recommend an air-tight container if you need to freeze your beans.

Here’s a brief article from the National Coffee Association on optimal coffee storage:


next post, we’ll answer the burning question: what is that little valve really for, on pre-packaged coffees?


Happy Holidays, Coffee Drinkers!

We are looking forward to a house full of family and friends from all across the country, driving and flying in for the holidays this year, and I’ve sourced beans from a variety of coffee roasters to taste test some delicious freshly brewed coffees when we get back from a walk in the woods.

A dark Sumatra in the french press while we peel and slice the potatoes. Single-origin Guatemalan pour over to sip before getting the roast into the oven. And whoever’s in charge of the pecan pie gets a latte made with the El Borbollon/Salvador beans picked up at Moody Coffee Roasters in the French Alps. We’re going to experiment with a finely-ground espresso powder dusted over the sweet potatoes to balance their super-sweet flavor.

We are working with some great new fabrics for The Bean Bag as we get production up to speed in 2018.  

enjoy your holiday celebration!