Progressive Large Coffee ProKeeper Storage Container
Last updated date: November 7, 2019
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In our analysis of 112 expert reviews, the Progressive Progressive Large Coffee ProKeeper Storage Container placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
The PrepWorks by Progressive Coffee ProKeeper storage container combines high quality construction with a silicone seal for air-tight storage. The tinted UV-blocking plastic preserves the bold flavors of coffee beans and grounds for lasting fresh taste. The 1.5-quart storage container includes a 1 tablespoon scoop which snaps conveniently inside the lid for easy storage and also has an easy-catch latch that holds the lid tightly closed. The patent pending stainless steel hinges swing wide open for no-fuss access to fill or measure and will fit into the dishwasher for easy care. The PrepWorks Coffee ProKeeper measures 6.5"" L x 5"" W x 5.5""H For over 40 years, our mission has been to create innovative kitchen tools and gadgets that make food preparation fun and fast while inspiring culinary creativity. From our thinstore collapsibles to our sophisticated PL8 line, our dedication to providing quality products supported by superior customer service continues to drive our creative development today. At Progressive International, we continually strive to understand the needs of today’s cooks. Our team includes talented, energetic and passionate people committed to reimagining the kitchen. We strive to pass our passion on to our consumers through our thoughtfully designed tools, layered with our avid desire to go beyond the expected. Our philosophy is simple: offer stylish designs complimented by no-nonsense functionality. We understand the kitchen is the heart of the home, where families and friends connect. Our ongoing mission is to provide exceptional kitchen essentials that help cooks of all skill levels create meals worth sharing. Prep Solutions, Prepworks and PL8 continues to build on the Progressive legacy by offering products that make food prep faster, easier and more enjoyable.
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An Overview On Coffee Canisters
It’s easier than ever to make delicious coffee at home. But as consumers have learned more about what makes a great cup of coffee, they’ve also learned about the short shelf life of coffee beans.
For coffee beans and grounds, two elements are the enemy: oxygen and light. From the time you open the bag, you put your coffee at risk. Even if you seal that bag back up, you can’t prevent oxygen from getting in. Complicating matters is the fact that coffee begins emitting oxygen within 24 hours of being roasted. Once this process, known as degassing, begins, oxygen starts seeping into the beans, which is what causes them to become stale.
With the right coffee canister, though, you can keep oxygen and sunlight out while also removing any oxygen coming off the beans. This is done through the use of a CO2 release valve that vents oxygen from inside the container while keeping oxygen out until you open it. As long as you seal the container up quickly, you’ll usually be able to maintain freshness for weeks.
Although many coffee canisters can easily be washed, the release valve itself should be removed first. It’s not designed to handle water or soap. Some containers also need a filter change on a regular basis, while others are maintenance free once you’ve taken them out of the package.
To make the canister as airtight as possible, you’ll find most coffee canisters have a locking mechanism on the lid. Pay attention to the design of this lock, as it can sometimes be tough to maneuver. Some locking mechanisms are built with ergonomics in mind. The easier it is to manipulate the lock, the less likely you’ll be to have a misfire and accidentally leave your canister unsealed.
One inconvenience that comes with a canister is that you don’t have the expiration date that comes on the bag. You can hold onto the bag, of course, but that’s something extra you have to manage. Instead, look for a coffee canister that has a dial on the top that lets you track the date. You can either set it for the month and day you inserted the coffee or the expiration date from the bag.
DWYM Fun Fact
Although nobody knows for sure, it’s believed that coffee was first discovered by a goat herder. Noticing erratic behavior in his goats, a 9th-century Ethiopian herder named Kaldi traced the behavior to red berries on a Coffea arabica tree. To get to the bottom of what the beans were doing to his goats, Kaldi tried the beans and noticed how hyper they made him feel. He presented them to a church, but the caffeine boost wasn’t welcome in a setting where occupants are expected to sit silently and patiently in prayer. Trying to destroy the beans, the religious leaders at the church set them on fire, which created an aroma that enticed them to try them again, but this time with warm water. However, it’s been argued that people were chewing coffee beans for centuries before this discovery.
The Coffee Canister Buying Guide
- Whether you prefer whole beans or grounds, the canister will be just as effective.
- The mechanism that keeps your coffee fresh is a valve that releases gases. Pay close attention to the valve, especially if you’re concerned about BPA. Look for a canister that is completely BPA free, even the valve.
- The locking valve is one element that can vary dramatically from one canister to the next. Look for one that will be easy to use when it’s early in the morning and you haven’t yet had your first dose of caffeine.
- If you’re concerned about durability, look for a stainless-steel design that will hold up after multiple washes and uses.
- Some canisters have narrower mouths than others, which makes it tough to insert a scoop, especially as coffee levels get low. A wider mouth also makes it easier to hand wash.
- The look of your canister also will come into play since it will become part of your kitchen decor. Some canisters have a vintage look while others sport a more modern look. You’ll also find some come in multiple colors, while others stick strictly to the silver look of stainless steel.
- Some canisters have a filter that needs to be replaced occasionally. Keep in mind that this isn’t standard on all canisters and decide if you want to commit to that type of ongoing maintenance.
- Although most canisters are easy to clean, you’ll need to remove the valve on most models to avoid water exposure.
- If BPA is a concern for you, look for a canister with a stainless-steel build. However, even in stainless steel models, you may find BPA in the seal or other parts of the lid. Check to make sure the canister you choose is 100 percent BPA free.
- What do you do with the scoop you use to get your coffee from the canister to the coffeemaker? If you’re using a bag, you probably leave the scoop inside, which creates a mess when you try to get coffee the next day. Many coffee canisters come with a free scoop, but some also provide a handy place to store it on the side. That means you’ll never have to dig your scoop or search through your drawers again.
- Unlike bag storage, canisters contain everything inside. That means even the scents will be locked in, keeping your kitchen or, worse, your pantry from filling with the smell of coffee.
- Coffee canisters aren’t just great for keeping your coffee fresh. You can also use them to store everything from tea bags to flour to snacks. Buy several and make a matching set.
- Although you probably won’t have to use it, most canister manufacturers offer warranties, with some even giving an unconditional satisfaction guarantee. That means if you find your coffee isn’t staying as fresh as you’d like, or you simply don’t like the design, you can return it for a full refund.
- Before you buy, take a look at the typical bag of coffee you buy. Most canisters have a capacity of one pound, and that should cover most bags of coffee grounds or beans. But if you buy in bulk, you may need to opt for the largest canister you can find.