So you’re wondering which is better in the matchup of Airscape vs Fellow Atmos. I’m not going to bore you with why you need a canister or whole bunch of crap that you don’t need to know about or already know.
We’re going to go over a few topics: what type each canister is & how they work, pros and cons, a few things to know about the canister, and which of the two I think is better.
If you just want to know the answer, I think the Fellow Atmos is better out of the two.
What Each Type Of Canister Is
There are actually 3 main types of canisters to hold your coffee beans, but today we’ll be going over air displacement and vacuum canisters.
Air Displacement (Airscape)
So, let’s go over the Airscape and air displacement containers. These containers will seal up the top like the airtight containers, so that there is no airflow. The big difference is that it’ll force out most of the air in the container with some sort of plunger device. There’ll still be some air that comes in contact in your coffee beans, but it’s a lot less than some other containers out there.
It sort of forms like this two layer protection to keep the least amount of air from coming into contact with your bean.
Vacuum (Fellow Atmos)
The Fellow Atmos is classified as a vacuum type of canister. These types of containers will remove almost all of the air inside of it. A vacuum will preserve your coffee beans very well, but does have a few drawbacks that we’ll go over down below.
You create the vacuum by twisting the lid on the canister. The more full your canister is with coffee beans or if you choose to put something else in it, the less twisting you’ll have to do.
- It will remove most of the air that’ll come in contact with your coffee beans, which means less oxidation.
- There is a button on the container to equalize the pressure on the inside by letting air in. This makes it way easier to remove the lid compared to some of the other vacuum canisters available.
- On the top of the canister it has an indicator on the lid that shows a green ring when it has successfully created a vacuum on the inside.
- You have 3 choices for sizes with the Atmos: 6, 10, and 16 ounce containers. They’re all the same diameter, just taller depending on which size you choose.
- The twisting can get tiring, but it all depends on how full the container is. The more full the container is with beans, the less you’ll have to twist to create the vacuum.
- You can only use this container with whole beans. If you were planning on storing ground coffee, it will get stuck in the filter system that creates the vacuum, which will prevent you from creating a vacuum.
- It does have two layers to keep air out. The inner lid/plunger that forces air out of the container.
- The Airscape also has 3 sizes for you to choose from depending on what you need. The sizes are kind of weird on these canisters though. They’re in fluid ounces: 32 ounces holds 8 ounces, 64 ounce to hold about 16 ounces, and the largest holds around 32 ounces of coffee.
- The whole container is stainless steel, meaning it’ll last a lot longer than other materials.
- Airscape can be used with ground coffee or anything similar. That’s probably the main factor you should consider if you’re liking the Airscape more.
- The larger ones are going to be deeper than the smaller ones. That makes it pretty annoying to have to reach down to get your last scoop of beans if you don’t have to much left in the container.
- There’s a large sticker on the side of the container. It leaves a really sticky residue that’s hard to take off.
- The inner lid/plunger is very hard to take out. If you pull too hard you risk breaking the handle. There’s no valve that equalizes the pressure on the inside and outside to make this process easier.
- Keeping the inner lid/plunger pushed flat and locking the handle can be hard to do with one hand. It can be done with two hands, but is a little awkward to put both hands in the canister at the same time, especially for those of you with larger hands.
Misunderstandings and Things You Should Know About Each Canister
If you end up doing more research and reading other user reviews, you’ll see a trend of the Atmos not holding the vacuum. There are usually several reasons why it “no longer becomes a vacuum.”
Green Ring Indicator Goes Away Quickly
When you create the vacuum, the green indicator lets us know that it was successful. Coffee beans will naturally release CO2 after being roasted. This CO2 will create additional pressure on the inside, which can offset the indicator. Just because the indicator is off, doesn’t mean it’s not doing what it was intended to do, which is get rid of oxygen.
If you were wondering, CO2 in the container will not affect your coffee. CO2 is a good indicator of how fresh your coffee is. If you want to know more about this Fellow has a 2 minute read about it.
Fines In The Filter
On the underside of the lid that you twist to create the vacuum, there is a filter. This filter can get clogged up with coffee fines/dust over time, making it hard to create a vacuum inside the canister.
Every so often you should wipe the bottom of the lid down with a slightly wet paper towel. Do NOT rinse it under water or you’ll ruin the vacuum mechanism in the lid. This thing isn’t machine washer safe.
The way the Airscape works is pretty straightforward. There aren’t really any misconceptions to talk about with this canister.
If you wanted to consider some other options for air displacement or vacuum canisters, I do have a review here that you can check out. I talk about some key information around using a canister and how to store your coffee beans that you might like.
Which Is Better?
Out of the two, I think that the Fellow Atmos does a better job at storing your coffee beans. The vacuum it creates removes more oxygen than the Airscape can. Oxygen is the easiest thing that can make your coffee stale.
The Atmos makes getting to your coffee beans easier as well. With a click of a button it’ll equalize the pressure, so you can easily remove the lid.
If you’re concerned about the price, they’re both around the same price values for each of the correlating sizes.
I hope you found what you needed to know about either of the coffee canisters. If you have any questions leave a comment down below.