Okay, speaking of brewing coffee in a mason jar, there are a couple of companies that want to make it easier for you to drink your coffee from a mason jar as well. Back in 2011 when I was writing my book Plastic-Free, I heard about a product called Cuppow that lets you add a reusable drink lid to a mason jar to reduce the need to buy a whole travel mug. I thought it was a cool idea to reduce consumption of brand new stuff, so I mentioned it in the book. But I wasn’t thrilled that it was made from plastic, which is probably why I never reviewed it on this blog… that and the fact that it was shipped to me in plastic bubble packaging.
Plus, I already have a travel mug with a plastic lid. I’m looking for something better.
So I was really happy a few months ago to stumble across a stainless steel alternative at Berkeley’s Ecology Center Store: EcoJarz lids.
EcoJarz come in two sizes to fit different sizes of canning jars. Neither will fit the ubiquitous spaghetti sauce jars we have in our house, but I did find a couple of jars in the cupboard that will work.
I’ll have to wait until this one is empty.
You also have to provide the ring to hold the lid in place, but if you do a lot of canning, you will have them on hand.
You know how you hear about something and then suddenly you see it everywhere? Only a few days after discovering this product at the Ecology Center, I noticed my local cafe, Highwire Coffee, was using them for pouring sugar. Pretty clever.
There are other stainless steel products for sale on the EcoJarz site, as well as mason jars with handles. Check them out.
(I received nothing for writing this post, by the way, in case you were wondering.)