Today, I’m going to go over what I think are some of the best storage devices for your coffee beans are. With many options available to you, I spent many hours researching and looking for the best options to keep your beans fresh and flavorful.
If you’re here for a quick answer, I think the Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister is one of the best coffee bean containers. It’ll remove almost all the air from the container to keep your beans from oxidizing and going stale.
There are several types of containers that work differently, read on to find out about each of them!
Coffee Containers Being Reviewed
- Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister
- Prepara EVAK
- Airscape Coffee Canister
- Gator Coffee Stainless Steel Container
- Coffeevac Coffee Container
Choices For Storage
After narrowing down the choices of the best coffee bean containers, I categorized them by how they work.
This type of container will keep air from getting into the container. That does not mean that the air that is already in there will be pushed out, leaving your beans exposed to that air.
These sometimes feature valves that release excess C02 that your beans produce which helps out a little bit. You’re honestly better off keeping these in the bag they come in if it has a little ziplock top.
Next we have 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. There will still be air in between the beans, but it’s a lot less air than the airtight containers.
The last type of container out on the market is a vacuum container. These containers will remove almost all of the air out of your container. A vacuum container will preserve your coffee beans better than other two types of containers.
Just keep in mind about how differently each of them performs when looking at the coffee bean containers on this list. A few other factors to consider include: price, material, how well it’s made, and extra features. Let’s go over some containers!
As said above, the Atmos Vacuum Canister by Fellow is my favorite coffee bean storage canister. This is a vacuum canister, as the name implies. This means that it’ll remove almost all the air in the container. That means that your coffee beans will be preserved a lot longer.
What I like about this container is that it’s very well designed for opening compared to some of the vacuum models on the market. By simply pressing a button, the Atmos will equalize pressure on the inside of the container, making it super easy to remove the lid.
Let’s move on to how the Atmos works. This coffee storage device removes air by twisting the lid back and forth to create the vacuum. It’s really hard to tell when it creates a vacuum on a lot of the other models, the Atmos straightforwardly lets you know. It has an easy to see indicator on the lid, that’ll show a green ring when a vacuum has been achieved inside of the container.
The twisting can be annoying to some. It really depends on how full the container is with whole beans. Less beans means that you’ll have to twist more to remove that air. This also leads me into a secondary point. This container works better with whole beans. Ground coffee will get stuck in the filter-like system that creates a vacuum.
Overall this is by far one of the best containers you can get for your coffee beans. It has a couple annoyances, but if you can get past that then your beans will stay fresh longer in this container.
Now, let’s get into some of the air displacement models. The EVAK has a plunger that goes into the container. This plunger when pushed down will force air out and then creates an airtight seal as well.
This container works decently well for keeping your beans fresh. Aesthetically, it looks pretty nice. The clear glass and all black plunger would look nice in any kitchen.
The main issue with this container is that the hole for the container is small. If you have larger hands this’ll pose a huge problem when pushing down further into the container. But if you have small hands this is no problem.
A secondary issue that has been noted is that you have to be very gentle with this thing since it is glass. Knocking this on counters or other objects will make it crack or break into very sharp pieces.
If you want something a little more durable for an air displacement container, check out the next one on this list.
This coffee canister also has a plunger like the last one, but the body of the container is made of stainless steel. Being made out of stainless steel, this’ll last a lot longer than the before mentioned glass one. But that doesn’t mean that this can’t be dented if it’s mishandled.
The plunger works by pushing it down until it’s on top of your coffee beans. The air will be forced out through vents that are on the lid. It will also create an airtight lid, so that no outside air can interact with your beans.
It also comes with a clear lid, so that you can relatively see how much coffee you have left in your container.
The container’s opening on this is much larger than the EVAK. It’ll fit larger hands with no problem. I would recommend the Airscape over the EVAK, because it fixes the problems that the EVAK has.
Next on my list is the Coffee Gator container, which is an airtight container. There are a lot of models on the market that are very similar, if not exactly designed the same as this.
The main difference I would say in the gator and the others is the level of craftsmanship. It’s body feels very durable. While researching other options, the competitors lacked in this area. The body of the other containers were either made with thin metal or bursted open at the seam where the container comes together.
These models are designed with some seal that makes the container airtight on the lid. The lid also usually has a date tracker, so you can set the month and day your beans are roasted or when you put them in the canister. You will need to use a little force to turn it on the Coffee Gator.
The Coffee Gator container has a release valve. This valve will let any CO2 produced by your coffee beans out of the container without letting any air in. It’ll also come with replacement filters if you start to notice that your beans are becoming stale very quickly.
A lot of people noted that they could smell their coffee even though the container was closed, but this is normal. It’s the CO2 being released from your container.
I recommend getting this if you’re planning on using it for ground coffee. It’ll do a pretty decent job at keeping them fresh. Whole beans aren’t going to do so well in these types of containers.
The last container on this list is the Coffeevac Coffee container. It’s name is a little misleading in what it does. This container will not create a vacuum to store your beans in. This is an airtight container. Same as the last, but with a more minimalistic design.
The Coffeevac has a single button on the lid. To put on or take off the lid, you’ll press down the button. There’s not too much more to this container. It’ll do a decent job at keeping your beans or grounds fresh.
I would recommend getting this if you want to store your coffee beans in something that looks a little nicer than a bag sitting on your counter. It’s also great if you’re going to be using it everyday to make coffee, since this thing doesn’t have a one way valve to let excess CO2 from the coffee out.
Why Coffee Beans Can Taste Bad
Degassing and oxidation are two factors that affect the taste of your bean and why a good container can help with them.
This is a process that all coffee beans go through after being roasted. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a by-product of the beans being roasted. It’ll continually seep out of your beans until they become stale and flavorless.
CO2 plays a role in the flavor of your coffee. Too much CO2 during brewing can cause uneven extraction, which leads to poor tasting coffee. Having too little CO2 means that your coffee beans are most likely stale at this point and aren’t flavorful. Finding a middle point where there’s just enough CO2 in your beans is what you’re aiming for.
What a coffee bean container will do is let you degas your beans, while avoiding contact with air. But why don’t you want your beans to come into contact with air? Oxidation.
When your beans come into contact with air oxidation occurs. What happens is oxygen affects compounds in your beans, making them taste bad. Oxygen also affects the oils that your bean has, which causes them to have a rancid taste.
Exposing your beans to the least amount of air while being able to degas them is what you’ll want to do. Vacuum containers and air displacement containers are better options when choosing a coffee bean storage device to avoid oxidation. An airtight container with a one-way valve will be the next best option, as you’ll be able to degas your beans.
Where To Store Your Container
Now that you’ve got a container to store your beans, you have to figure out where to put the container. Here are a couple things to watch out for when you place your container.
- Try to avoid putting your container anywhere where there is direct sunlight. The UV rays produced by sunlight can damage your beans, just like it does to your skin. This is doubly important if you choose a container that’s clear(plastic or glass).
- Make sure not to place your container close to any heat sources, that includes: ovens, microwaves, and the sun. That extra heat can draw out the oils in your beans, which leaves you with less tasty coffee.
Alternative Storage: Freezing
This is a highly controversial topic in how to store coffee. Some people say it ruins your coffee, while others think it’s a good way to preserve your coffee beans for months.
My stance on this topic after researching dozens of articles, is that it’s ok to freeze your coffee beans if you have extra that won’t fit into your storage container.
When you freeze your coffee beans it’s best to do them in portions of what you’re going to be brewing. Freezing your entire bag and then defrosting it and then refreezing will really impact the flavor of your coffee beans. The moisture from defrosting will start extraction, meaning you’ll lose out on flavors that you would have had during brewing.
Coffee is absorbent to moisture and aromas. When storing in the freezer try to avoid placing it near other foods.
Coffee beans need an airtight and as air-free of an environment as possible to keep them fresh. If not you could be left with stale tasteless beans.
Having a good coffee bean storage container can help keep your little beans retain their flavor.
The Fellow Atmos Coffee Canister is an excellent choice for keeping your beans in a vacuum environment to preserve them. I hope you found a canister you like on this list!