Top Coffee Storage Containers 2018
You just returned home from a trip to your favorite roaster with a full pound of beans…but why or why can’t you get it to taste that good at home?
If your beans don’t stay fresh, you can kiss the hope of making that perfect cup at home goodbye, along with the money you spent on those precious beans.
Do I Really Need a Storage Container?
Ummm, ya and here’s why.
Beans exposed to open air can cause oxidation. Unless you’re mid grind, you’ll want to keep them away from air, heat, light and moisture. Have you ever noticed that food stored next to a banana will always taste like the banana? Your coffee will too. And you didn’t buy that bag of beans to have them taste like a banana…am I right?
Your choice of storage is equally as important as the coffee maker your brewing your coffee in.
Our Favorite Pick
The Best Value
The Planetary Design Airscape
This nifty container keeps air out, holds a full pound of your favorite beans and has this cool insert so you can see when you need to make the next trip to your roaster. You can also use it for other stuff like flour, cookies and cereal, but we’re talking about coffee here so let’s move on. Also, this guy won’t break your bank.
Not to beat a dead bean, but…
A Good Storage Container is Crucial:
This is a critical step and I can’t emphasize enough how important this is. When replicating your favorite cup, you should:
- Always buy whole bean coffee. You know this, this is 101 stuff.
- Buy small portions, say, what you will drink this week or within the next 10 days.
- Store in an airtight container. Any material will do, just look for “airtight”.
- Store your storage container in a cupboards or pantry, away from heat and light.
You’ve Read Different Ideas on Where You Should Store Coffee…What’s Right?
You’ve probably read or seen multiple videos on the best way to store your beans – everyone has a theory.
Freezer? Refrigerator? Counter?
Should you store your precious beans in a bag?
I’ve tried them all, too. You’re not alone!
Coffee, like bread, is hygroscopic meaning that it picks up odors and tastes in the air…again, you don’t want your beans to taste like bananas. Ewe.
Most containers are not airtight and will therefore allow your beans to absorb the flavors around them, like that bacon in the crisper that you’ve forgotten about for a month or the peppermint ice cream in the depths of your freezer.
If you choose the freezer or refrigerator, please, please make sure your container is truly airtight…you’ll never replicate your perfect cup if your beans taste like a combination of your recent grocery list. Also, when getting your beans out, do it quickly to avoid condensation.
Honestly, it doesn’t really matter as long as you avoid moisture, air, heat and light, as previously stated.
What To Search For in a Storage Container
So, you’re ready to heed my advice. Now what?
The 2 most important things to look for are:
- 1. Air tightness – Have I stressed this enough? Are you getting the point? Don’t assume that the more expensive containers do the best job. There are plenty of options out there that won’t break the bank. I
- 2. Keeping the beans dry – Any container that does this will also protect those precious beans from light and heat.
The 5 Best Coffee Storage Containers in 2018
I’ve already showed you the best value, but here are a few more of my favorite options.
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#1 – The Planetary Design Airscape
This container has a special valve that forces air out as it locks the lid in place, allowing nothing in or out.
- Creative, airtight design keeps beans fresher for longer.
- The wide mouth that makes scooping the beans out a breeze.
- Great value for the money.
- Putting the lid in upside down will cause issues. Be smart and follow directions.SEE ON AMAZON
#2 – The Tightvac Coffeevac
A vacuum sealed coffee storage solution, Tightvac Coffeevac takes coffee bean freshness serious!
Its distinctive vacuum seal design keeps the air out while at the same time allowing carbon dioxide from the beans to vent out.
- Keeps light and air out.
- Very easy to use – one button opens and closes the lid.
- Holds flavor and freshness in for 2+ weeks.
- It’s tall and may not fit in all cupboards.
- Works best when full, could allow in air when it’s not filled.
#3 – The BeanSafe: The Coffee Storage Solution
BeanSafe’s Coffee Storage Solution is another airtight storage container that keeps the air out while allowing the carbon dioxide to vent.
- BPA free.
- Valve is dishwasher safe.
- Comes with a scoop.
- Holds about a pound of coffee beans.
- The plastic clasps on the lid seem a little brittle.
- Does not provide a true vacuum seal as some other containers do.
#4 – The Friis Coffee Vault
The Friis Coffee Vault is a stainless steel canister that keeps flavor in and light and air out. It also has a filter to help vent carbon dioxide that may keep your coffee fresher for longer.
- Has a carbon dioxide filter that is very handy for people who roast their own beans.
- Holds one pound of coffee beans.
- A special program from the manufacturer sends you filters for free for a year after you register the canister.
- Carbon dioxide filters that need to be replaced are an extra, ongoing cost.
- Best for people who use coffee quickly because the filter does not allow for a completely air-tight seal.
#5 – The LOVFFEE Coffee Canister
The LOVFFEE Coffee Canister is not only cute, but It’s one of the few ceramic storage solutions on the market that also claims to create a vacuum seal.
It has a one-way valve in the lid to vent carbon dioxide and also works to keep light, moisture, heat and air out.
- The ceramic is heat resistant, which is super important for freshness.
- Has a silicon base to protect the canister and your countertops.
- Comes with a coffee scoop.
- Some people may find it difficult to open.
- Ceramic will shatter if dropped if dropped on your tile floor…oh, is it just me who’s clumsy?
- One of the more expensive containers on the market.
My favorite is Airscape (add active link****) a truly airtight container. And, look at how many fun color options you have!
Airscape is unique in that it has this fun little valve that releases air and carbon dioxide. You can also push down the lid to ensure every ounce of air is released.
Now you’re on your way to brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home. Enjoy!