If you’re a newly burgeoning coffee enthusiast, then you’ve probably been spending the past few months filling your cabinets with a wide array of coffee accessories. Scales, tampers, and espresso machines are all good things to have in your kitchen but what good are they if you don’t have some good coffee? What good is that good coffee if you don’t have some good coffee containers to store it in?
Are we good? You following along so far?
Don’t get me wrong, you could just store your coffee in that antique cookie jar that your grandmother left for you. You could, I wouldn’t recommend it but you could.
Hold off on buying that portable espresso maker or your third coffee grinder and instead think about investing in some sensible coffee containers.
Why Do I Need a Good Coffee Container?
You probably (and REALLY should) already have some means of storing your coffee, instead of just having them in a pile on your kitchen counter.
However, instead of storing your coffee in your run-of-the-mill plastic containers, you should be storing it in proper coffee containers. This is because freshness is just as important to coffee as it is to Will Smith.
Coffee Beans Can Go Bad
One of the most common rookie mistakes that new coffee enthusiast make is that they overlook (or simply aren’t aware of) the fact that coffee can go bad. Sure, we all know that you shouldn’t drink a cup of coffee that has been sitting on the table since yesterday but you also should ensure that your beans aren’t exposed to the elements as well.
Moisture, heat, air (oxygen), and light, are all things that you want to keep away from your precious beans.
Any coffee aficionado will tell you that you should only buy coffee that you can use in a week or two. This is why, unless you’re the coffee kingpin of your street, you probably shouldn’t be buying 20 pounds of coffee in one go.
Also, always try to buy beans instead of ground coffee and store it in an airtight container.
Our Top 6 Coffee Containers – Prices, Pros & Cons
*Prices updated March 26th, 2020
Pros & Cons
Planetary Design Airscape
|$30.13||+ Airtight design|
+ Plunger lid removes and locks out air and humidity
+ Opaque stainless steel
+ BPA-free components
– Pricey compared to simpler containers
Coffee Gator Coffee Canister
|$34.99||+ Calendar wheel on lid to track freshness|
+ Opaque stainless steel
+ Freshness valve to vent carbon dioxide and keep out oxygen
– Freshness valves need to be periodically replaced
– Build quality not as good as some competitors in the same price range
Friis Coffee Vault
|$19.99 (Check for Sale Price)||+ Valve to vent carbon dioxide|
+ Airtight stainless steel design
+ Relatively affordable
– Freshness valves need to be replaced every two months
OXO Airtight Coffee POP Container
|$20.99||+ Tinted to block a large percentage of UV rays|
+ Create airtight seal with the press of a button
+ Durable stainless steel lid
– Coffee oils stain plastic easier compared to stainless steel
+ Easily vacuum-seal coffee with simple push of a button
– Plastic instead of steel
– Get what you pay for; not as durable as more expensive options
Prepara Evak Fresh Saver
|$19.19||+ High quality glass with simplistic design|
+ Plunger-like lid removes and locks out air and humidity
+ Glass and stainless lid resists stains
– Transparency allows light to enter
– Not as durable as stainless steel containers
What We Recommend – The Planetary Design Airscape
When it comes to coffee containers, you can’t go wrong with the Planetary Design Airscape. It may not be as flashy as other coffee containers out there but you’d be hard pressed to find another container that so effortlessly keeps your coffee fresh.
Unlike a lot of the other coffee containers that you can buy to keep you coffee fresh, the Planetary Design Airscape doesn’t need regular replacement valves. It is also minimalistic in nature; there are no button presses or switches to flip. The Planetary Design Airscape is also made from durable stainless steel and easily protects your coffee from light and humidity.
While you may be able to find containers that can keep your coffee as fresh as the Planetary Design Airscape can, none will be able to do it so effortlessly and pack all of these features into such a humble and straightforward package.
Basic Buyer’s Guide for Coffee Containers
The recommendations that we have listed above take into account factors like: airtightness, affordability, aesthetics, durability, and materials. If you’re going to stray away from our recommendations when you’re shopping for your coffee containers, then you should also keep those factors in mind.
Stainless steel and glass are less porous than plastic and so coffee won’t stain them as easily. On the other hand, both plastic and stainless steel are more durable than glass.
Another thing to keep in mind is that many containers that feature “freshness valves”, usually need to have these parts replaced every few months to maintain effectiveness.
Lastly, light can adversely affect your beans. So, if you aren’t going to purchase an opaque coffee container, then you’re going to need to store it in a dark location.