Coffee is taken very seriously in our house. We have a counter and two cupboards in our kitchen dedicated to caffeine. My husband readily admits to being a coffee snob, although he’ll drink pretty much anything to avoid that caffeine withdrawal headache after 10 in the morning. We have instant coffee on hand for these dire situations, but most of the time there are two or three different packets in our cupboard to throw into the machine. As we were sorting out the said coffee corner in the kitchen Mauritz decided that he wanted a tin for the coffee we were using, or the freshly ground coffee beans. Constantly trying to reseal the bags with pegs was becoming a hassle considering how often the percolator runs in our house.
How to store your coffee
When looking about the available containers, the tins readily available were all small, and came in packs of three with ‘Tea’ and ‘Sugar’ tins that we did not need. The larger tins available locally are usually labeled ‘Laundry’ and are expensive. So what about glass? I personally love using glass for storage as I am an avid recycler and feel that it is much better for the environment. Consol offers some other good reasons to choose glass if you click here.
A quick google search taught us the following:
- The best type of coffee containers are glass or ceramic containers that seal well. Metal or other containers made of materials such as plastic can affect the taste of your coffee.
- You should be storing your beans, or powder, at room temperature. Unless your coffee is vacuum packed to keep the moisture out and frozen.
- While we are on the subject of vacuum packing, avoid containers that don’t seal properly.
- Avoid light.
The biggest problem with storing coffee in a glass jar then, would be the exposure to light it would receive. A cup of java later, and I had a solution. Buy a glass container that seals well, and paint it dark to keep the light out.
What I looked for
- Firstly, I wanted a glass container that would hold the amount of coffee we usually buy. I normally buy 500g to 600g bags, so I had a general idea of the size I needed.
- A container that sealed tightly.
- A container that has a large mouth. I don’t want a bi-monthly mess while struggling to pour the powder into the container. Or have problems getting a spoon inside.
Lastly, I decided to use chalk paint to paint my glass container. Mostly because I have chalk paint, and secondly, I thought it would be nice to write the name of the coffee, and perhaps the origin and roast on the container if I was so inclined. I also know that chalk paint goes on thick, and will therefore keep sunlight out!
What you will need
- Your glass jar
- Chalk board paint, or the dark paint you want to use
- A paintbrush
- Newspaper to catch the drops.
- Start by cleaning your jar. Whether old or new you don’t want any dust on it that will affect how your paint clings to the glass. Some nice warm soapy water should do the trick.
- If there is a label or price stuck to a jar, use furniture polish to remove it. Here in South Africa Mr Minn gets glued on price tags off more often than not.
- Make sure your container is completely dry.
- Find a spot where you can paint and leave your container to dry. Make sure you have some newspaper to work on. Accidents happen.
- Paint the outside. Be aware of the directions of your brush strokes as they may be visible
- Let it dry. Completely.
- Give it another coat if you see that the paint is uneven, or that there are gaps where the light can spill into the container.
- Pop in your beans or powder of choice and scribble the name on your container.
A last word of warming. Don’t place your coffee jar too close to, or over your kettle. The heat and moisture can affect the taste of your favourite brew. A room temperature cupboard far away from the kettle spout should do the trick. Remember the fridges also give off heat, so don’t store your coffee right next to the fridge or the oven either.