My last bad cup of coffee was just the other day, but just like every other bad cup, I continued to sip for the much-needed caffeine boost. Sometimes my coffee comes out like a fresh cup made from heaven itself, while others come out stale, like someone has pressed the mute button on flavor.
I’ve experimented with different brands, different varieties, and even checked out the difference between organic and regular coffee, only to still brew an occasional cup of bad joe.
One thing I should’ve taken into account earlier is the storage of my beans. I often brew my coffee straight from my haphazardly sealed bag of beans, which contributes to the slow decline in flavor and quality.
While coffee does have a longer shelf life than many other items in the pantry, it still is susceptible to the elements like sunlight, moisture and oxygen. Direct sunlight will cause the beans to go stale, oxygen will cause the beans to oxidize, and moisture will have the coffee spoiled in just a matter of days.
This is why it is crucial to keep your favorite coffee beans in an efficient airtight container. Choosing the right container can be difficult, as storing coffee isn’t always as intuitive as other products.
There are a lot of different options out there, ranging from ceramic to stainless steel, and the right choice comes down to your needs. Consider this list of best airtight coffee containers before making your purchase.
This container is designed with a patented lid meant to lock out air and protect all the flavor and freshness of the coffee.
The canister is great for storing coffee because the clear lid allows you to easily track how much is left so you never have to go through the surprise of opening your coffee container only to see a few beans at the bottom of the receptacle.
This container can be purchased in either the 32 or 64-ounce size, which is nice because you can assess your personal storage needs based on how quickly you go through coffee.
My favorite part about this container is how sleek and elegant it looks. It comes in three colors, “Brushed Steel”, “Candy Apple” and “Obsidian”, or silver, red and black. Each one looks extremely polished, and the colors are bold and eye-catching.
This container has a sleek, modern, round-cornered design, making it perfect for a mess-free pour straight into a drip coffee maker.
The container itself is designed with a clear, BPA-free plastic body. This is great for keeping an eye on how many beans you have left, but also means you’ll need to keep it away from a window or space that hits direct sunlight. The airtight lid is made from stainless steel.
The best part about this product is the versatility, as it comes in a variety of sizes and they are designed to be stackable, allowing you to create your own unique storage system. The different sizes are labelled by products that would go in the container, with flour, candy, rice and spaghetti all indicating a size and shape.
Personally, I think the sugar container, which is 2.4 quarts, is a great choice for storing coffee.
The BeanSafe coffee storage container comes with a one-way valve that works to preserve the freshness of your favorite coffee. The valve is dishwasher safe, which is a huge plus for me because I hate handwashing.
This polypropylene container is white and comes with a bright orange scooper to match the bright orange valve. The BeanSafe container is lightweight and can hold up to 16 ounces of ground or whole coffee.
I find the added scooper to be extra useful, as it not only matches the valve in a cute way, but also means I don’t have to use some other random spoon I find to inefficiently scoop coffee.
Much like the BeanSafe, this container also features a scooper and a valve to keep out any oxygen. A couple of things stand out about this container, one being that the design allows for easy ventilation of CO2, keeping the coffee as fresh as possible.
The other unique feature of this coffee canister is the date wheel, which is a wheel that sits atop the airtight lid and allows you to track the roasted or expiry date on your beans. This is great for a coffee enthusiast who likes to keep a close eye on their products.
The canister is made from stainless steel and can hold up to a pound of coffee beans. I really enjoy the sleek, heavy-duty look of this container, and find it would look great in a coffee bar with visually similar items.
As far as look goes, this one tops my list. The ceramic container comes in five colors, but the royal blue with a hint of orange is my favorite.
Like some of the previous containers, this one has a patent-pending one-way valve, which works to keep the coffee fresh and flavorful.
This container also features a silicone bottom, designed to prevent any scratches from movement across countertops. This is a huge plus for anyone with new countertops, as the ceramic bottom will not be able to scrape the surface.
Like many coffee containers, this one holds up to one pound of whole beans, or 16 ounces of ground coffee. This ceramic coffee container also comes with a matching scoop.
Like the Coffee Vault canister, the Coffee Gator also comes with a wheel for tracking freshness, and is designed to ventilate CO2. What I like the most about this canister is the locking mechanism. They use a stainless steel bail-clasp on the side to keep the container locked shut, and I find these kind of locks to be the easiest to use, and most effective.
The valve for this canister, like others, is on the lid. This lid is particularly effective for keeping things fresh, as it is made with a rubber seal. Since the seal is light-proof, and the container is stainless steel, the canister can be stored anywhere without fear of damage from sunlight.
It’s available in a variety of colors, with the bright orange and deep blue and red being my favorite of the bunch. All have a very sophisticated, sleek edge to them.
This product boasts being Europe’s #1 coffee container, and it does have a lot of features to back it up. It contains a patented system that essentially creates a partial vacuum seal. This allows the coffee to breathe and release CO2, without letting any oxygen in.
This container gets an extra vote in my book for its earth-friendly features. The airtight container is recyclable. Just making the initial purchase feels good knowing that throwing it away in the future will not be as painful, because it is being recycled.
This container also offers a variety of looks, with the option of a clear or black body, and various colored lids.
Smaller than some others, this stainless steel container filters out moisture, air leak, and CO2. It comes with a matching scoop and can store up to 18 ounces of coffee.
This container can do wonders for those who struggle with making a good cup of coffee. It’s not always just the freshness of the beans that attribute to the flavor, sometimes the coffee is just prepared poorly.
With purchase of this canister, a complementary coffee guide is included, offering tips for making a great cup. This is a huge perk for me, as I tend to just wing it with my preparation each morning, making each cup a gamble.
How to Choose an Airtight Coffee Container
In order to combat the elements that diminish the freshness of your coffee, you’ll want to carefully select the right airtight container for your needs.
You’ll need to consider how much coffee you go through at a given time in order to decide the size of the container. If you go through a pound of coffee a week, it wouldn’t be efficient to purchase a canister that holds 18 ounces.
You’ll also want to consider the look of your coffee equipment. If you have a lot of stainless steel in your coffee bar setup, choosing one of the stainless steel varieties may be in your best interest to create a cohesive look.
Where you plan to store the coffee is an important factor as well, because storing coffee in a clear container with direct sunlight can cause the coffee to go bad quickly.
FAQs About Storing Coffee
Do ground beans store the same as whole beans?
The method for storing ground or whole beans is the same. An airtight container is the best option for both, as it will lock in the freshness. Ground beans are subject to losing freshness quicker, as more air contact can hit the surface area during the grinding process. If stored upon opening, or right after grinding whole beans, the coffee will stay fresh for a long time in an airtight container.
Where is the best place to store my coffee?
Once inside an airtight container, the beans should be safe and fresh. As mentioned above, keep any clear container away from direct sunlight to ensure freshness. The airtight containers listed above are all rather sophisticated and aesthetically-pleasing, so storing the container directly on the countertop can be a nice addition. The Lovffee canister is a great choice for storing on countertops because of the scratch-free silicone cover.
Can I just store my coffee in the fridge?
It’s best to seal your beans up in a real container. Putting a bag of coffee in the fridge opens up a lot of possible problems, one of them being moisture. The moisture will cause the coffee to lose freshness quickly. Even worse, the beans will probably start to take on the taste of other aromatic items in your fridge.
Choosing an airtight container for your coffee storage needs will make a positive effect on the taste of your coffee. The list of containers above is a great resource for making the decision, but it will come down to personal preference.
My pick goes out to the Lovffee Ceramic Premium Coffee Canister, for its elegant look and ceramic container. Ceramic is one of my favorite looks, so this canister would look and work great in my kitchen, as it also holds the right amount for me.
Take these different containers and functions into consideration and making the right choice will be easy.
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