New in the Market: Friis Coffee Vault

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on August 17, 2011 · 0 comments

We love to try new kitchen gadgets. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

There is always a lot of discussion about how to best store coffee – whole beans or ground, refrigerator or freezer, or simply in a canister on the kitchen shelf. Most coffee experts would tell you the ideal storage is as whole beans in an airtight container, in a cool (not the freezer) shady place.

Coffee contains volatile oils that are released in roasting and give each variety its characteristic flavor. These oils decay over time and grinding speeds up the process. So grind just what you need and use the grinds immediately.

Friis has developed a Coffee Vault to preserve coffee freshness. It is a specially designed coffee canister that protects beans against the 4 main causes of flavor loss – carbon dioxide (CO2), moisture, light, and air. The air tight vault is made of either stainless steel or a BPA-free polymer. Both types whole 16 ounces of coffee beans and have a BPA-free polymer lid with a one way valve which lets CO2 escape, while keeping oxygen out.

The 16-once vault retails for $24.95 and comes with 6 freshness valves which should be changed every 2 months. The lid has a handy date wheel to remind you when it is time to put in a fresh valve. Replacement valves cost $4.99 for 6, a one year supply.

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