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Best Coffee Storage Containers: 9 Picks and why you need one!

A coffee storage container(or a coffee canister) is a really important accessory to have to make really good coffee. Here’s why:

Imagine this: you wake up in the morning and brew a seemingly amazing cup of coffee, only to put it to your lips and find out it tastes nothing like coffee at all! The brew has lost all of its taste and you may as well have had *shudder* instant coffee.

One of the most critical aspects of brewing good coffee is using good coffee beans. The best kind of coffee to use is beans that have been roasted very recently – many craft roasters have a best by date on their packaging, which you should refer to.

The best way to ensure you have fresh tasting coffee all the time is to buy one week to ten days worth of beans and grind as necessary.

Until you grind them, store them in a coffee storage container.

Are coffee storage containers extra special? Not really, but you need to make sure that they’re airtight and prevent any moisture or light from getting in.

Why coffee needs to be as fresh as possible

Coffee grounds need to be protected from the elements and they need to be really fresh. Like we mentioned above, the best time to have coffee is within 10 days of roasting. Ideally, you want to grind as necessary. The moment you grind the beans, they begin to lose their flavor very rapidly.

When coffee beans are roasted, they start releasing carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide is what causes the coffee flora, which is the crema you see on top of the coffee. It is also responsible for a lot of the coffee’s flavor. Once you grind the beans, the surface area increases exponentially and the carbon dioxide begins to escape even more rapidly.

In fact, ground coffee will start to go stale within half an hour!

The proper way to store coffee is, first and foremost, to store it as coffee beans and not as coffee grounds. Next, you need to protect coffee from the elements: contact with excess air can cause the beans to oxidize and lose their flavor. Contact with moisture or light will also contaminate the beans.

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That’s why the best coffee canister is one that is vacuum sealed and therefore airtight, can keep coffee beans nice and dry(again, being airtight will do the trick), and prevents light from getting in. You also need to keep beans relatively cool. Heat can also cause things to go awry.

You can get around the light issue by storing a transparent container in a cupboard or pantry, though.

Can you store coffee in the original packaging?

You can, since most coffee packaging is quite sophisticated with air vents and proper seals. But once you break open the packaging seal, you can’t re-seal to the same consistency, so you best store it in a proper container. One way to get around this is to seal the package as best as you can, and then store that in an airtight container.

Proper coffee containers have valves to let excess carbon dioxide out, though, so they’re a lot more functional.

However, using a canister is better since it’s easier to scoop coffee out of it as well. Packaging tends to crumple up and coffee get stuck everywhere.

9 Best coffee containers

1. Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Canister

We’re listing the Coffee Gator first because it is our very favorite coffee storage container. If there was a product that fit the bill for the ideal coffee canister, this would be it.

It’s made of stainless steel so it’s light and sturdy. There is a one-way valve that lets the carbon dioxide released by the beans escape, but doesn’t let any excess oxygen from the atmosphere get in.

There is a little dial on the top of the canister that keeps track of how long you’ve kept the coffee stored in it. So you don’t have to remember when you last topped it up – the canister can remind you 🙂

Coffee Canister - Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Coffee Container - Fresher Beans and Grounds for Longer - Date-Tracker, CO2-Release Valve, Measuring Scoop and Travel Jar - Medium, Red
  • Fresh, Fresher, Freshest. You pay for prime quality ground and whole beans, so it makes sense to take care of them. This premium stainless steel container looks the bee's knees and loves your tea and coffee like a Kardashian loves a selfie
  • Safe from flavor-destroyers. Coffee naturally emits harmful co2 which needs venting away. Our zero-BPA canisters have innovative freshness valves to release co2 but lock out oxygen. Airtight, sealed containers stop this process and wreck coffee
  • Added Extras Mean Added Pleasure - Being stuck without coffee is an emergency situation. So we throw in a 4 ounce, stainless steel-cased glass travel jar. You even get a stainless steel measuring scoop for precision dosing included. Lucky you!
  • Track freshness for a dream brew for you and your guests. Sitting on top of the steel clasp seal lid is a calendar wheel. Logging the purchase or expiry date reduces waste and puts a stop to throwing precious coffee in the trash
  • Drink better coffee. Unlike the competition, we never compromise on quality, service or your personal happiness. Our military-grade vault is no different in delivering more smiles per cup. The search for coffee that makes you smile ends right here

2. LOVFEE Coffee Container

Looking for something a bit more stylish than stainless steel but still has the same functionality? Try the LOVFEE coffee canister – especially if you LOVE COFFEE, he he he.

Like the other containers listed here, the LOVFEE has a one way vent for letting carbon dioxide out, and the ceramic construction is very heat-resistant, too. The bottom of the canister has a silicone base to soften bumps. It can hold one pound of coffee.

Which brings us to the only downside of this canister: it’s made of ceramic, and can break very easily if you drop it off of a shelf.

LOVFFEE Black Ceramic Premium Coffee Canister (with Coffee Scoop): Holds 1 Pound Whole Coffee Beans or Ground Coffee in Patented Airtight Vacuum Sealed Coffee Storage Container
  • Patent pending one-way valve in the lid releases C02 from the container.
  • Store your roasted whole coffee bean, or your freshly ground coffee.
  • Keeps your coffee fresher, longer than other containers. Comes with coffee scoop.
  • Maintenance free design allows for years of worry free use. Coffee Buddy is dishwasher safe.
  • Elegant and stylish ceramic design, fits any decor. Protective silicon base prevents scratching counter tops.

3. Friis Coffee Vault

The Friis Coffee Vault is a stainless steel coffee container that has a one-way valve for letting carbon dioxide out. However, the valve is not everlasting and you’ll have to replace it every now and then. If you register your purchase with the manufacturer, you’ll get a one year supply for free, so that’s not too bad.

One other drawback of the Friis is that the seal is not completely airtight, so don’t plan on storing coffee in it for extended periods of time. It’s best if you quickly go through the beans.

Friis 16oz Stainless Steel Coffee Vault Canister, 16-Ounce
  • The Coffee Vault-Coffee Savor keeps your coffee fresh
  • One Year of Friis Freshness Valves included, to vent freshness damaging CO2 gases
  • Maintain Rich, Full Coffee Flavor
  • Air-Tight Storage
  • Stores up to 16-Ounce of whole or ground Coffee

4. Tightvac coffeevac

The Tightvac coffeevac, in addition to having a really catchy name also is incredibly functional. It has a vacuum seal designed to keep freshness in and moisture and air out. You can store coffee in this for at least 14 days, and it’s really easy to operate – a single button opens and closes the lid, so you don’t need to worry about tightening it down every single time.

It comes in a variety of sizes so you can choose whichever one fits on your kitchen shelves!

Coffeevac 1 lb - The Ultimate Vacuum Sealed Coffee Container, Black Cap & Body
  • Europe’s # 1 coffee container - Maintains aroma and rich, full coffee flavor
  • Patented system creates a partial vacuum seal and keeps Coffee - Fresher for Longer
  • Multiuse - Allows products to breathe and degas, without letting oxygen in
  • NSF - Tested and Certified, FDA Approved – Food Grade - Airtight, Moisture free and recyclable
  • Coffee grounds or beans – 16 oz. / 500g / 1.85 liter / Dimensions: 7-3/4" tall x 4-7/8" diameter (19.5 cm x 12 cm)

5. BeanSafe Coffee Storage Solution

The BeanSafe coffee storage solution stores about one pound of coffee beans and like the others, comes with a valve that lets excess carbon dioxide out. The valve is dishwasher safe, all the parts are BPA free, and overall, the BeanSafe is pretty great value for what you’re paying.

BeanSafe The Coffee Storage Solution, Black Stainless
  • BeanSafe coffee storage solutions preserves freshness of whole, roasted beans as well as ground coffee. Included in the BPA-free polypropylene lid is a pressure-release valve which works on its own to release C02 buildup, then closes to keep out air, light, heat and moisture - all enemies of fresh coffee
  • he BeanSafe valve is dishwasher safe and never needs replacement.
  • The Original BeanSafe coffee storage canister has designer style in high quality stainless steel with a black or white lid.
  • A coffee scoop comes with all BeanSafe coffee canisters. coffee storage canisters preserve whole coffee beans or ground coffee.
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6. OXO Good Grips Coffee Pop Container

The simplest design of all 9 picks, the OXO Coffee Pop container is deceptively simple in its ingenuity. The lid has a pop button that you push to create a seal, and push it again to open the container. It’s that easy and that’s where the “pop” comes from – every time you open the seal, you’ll hear the sound of air rushing in to equalize the pressure.

You can store a pound of coffee in this and they’re very easily stackable, so if you need to store anything else and make the most of space, this is a great way to do it. Light can still get in, though, so you can store it in a pantry or a cupboard to prevent light from contaminating the beans.

OXO 1071400 Good Grips POP Container – Airtight Food Storage – 1.5 Qt for Coffee and More
  • 1.5-quart Container is the ideal size for a 1lb bag of coffee beans
  • These airtight, space-saving storage containers keep your dry foods fresh and your pantry organized
  • Push the button for an airtight seal, push again to release. Button pops up to double as a built-in handle
  • Shaped for maximum space efficiency; these stackable, modular canisters can be completely customized to fit any space
  • Each size is perfectly calibrated to store common household staples including cereal, flour, sugar, pasta, rice, coffee, nuts, snacks and more

7. Airscape by Planetary Design

The Airscape by planetary design comes in two sizes: the smaller one capable of holding around half a pound of coffee beans and the larger size holding one pound. It’s one of the most truly airtight canisters around. When you push the lid on to the can, a valve forces all the air out, so you have the closest possible thing to a vacuum that you can achieve.

Airscape Coffee and Food Storage Canister - Patented Airtight Lid Preserve Food Freshness with Two Way CO2 Valve, Stainless Steel Food Container, Brushed Steel, Medium 7-Inch Can
  • EXPERIENCE AIRSCAPE - Original Airscape gourmet coffee storage canister with patented plunger lid removes and locks out air and humidity. The two-way valve releases CO2 to preserve & protect freshness & flavor
  • SOUND OF FRESH - Airscape lid removes all air in the canister creating airless food storage; extends the life of coffee, tea, flour, sugar, cereal, cookies, seeds, herbs, nuts, pet food or any perishable goods. The “swoosh” sound lets you know it’s working
  • COFFEE CONNOISSEUR - Proper storage to preserve the integrity and quality of the whole coffee bean, extending the coffees' body & flavor profile for an exquisitely crafted cup of artisan brew. Resists staining & odor transfer
  • QUALITY COUNTS - Airscape Coffee & Food Storage Canister made from restaurant-grade stainless steel, BPA-Free components with a durable exterior paint finish. Multiple colors available to add a pop of color to your kitchen. Hand-wash only
  • STURDY & STACKABLE - A perfect size for your kitchen counter or easy to stack for compact storage in the pantry. Medium Airscape canister holds approximately 1 lb (500 grams) of whole bean coffee. Measures: 5"w x 7"h

8. EVAK Airtight Coffee Container

The EVAK is one of the most aesthetically pleasing coffee containers that we’ve got on our list. It’s made from borosilicate glass which helps keep your coffee beans nice and fresh. The lid forces all the air out when you push it on, and the beans will remain protected from most of the elements. I say most because light and heat can still get in, so if you’re going with this option, you’d best store it in a cool and shaded location like a cabinet or pantry.

I am also not a huge fan of glass, simply because you can break it very easily. Not that you’re going to play catch with your coffee canister anytime soon…

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  • FRESHER LONGER. Scientifically proven to keep your coffee flavor locked into the container. Air is the enemy of your food, coffee or tea. The Evak lid has a twin valve system that allows air to be released, while keeping the container firmly closed off. No switches, pumps or levers needed and best yet, valves never need replacing.
  • RESISTS ODORS AND STAINS. Our Evak is built to the highest standards, only heavy duty borosilicate glass and stainless touch your food, coffee or tea. Glass is dishwasher safe and stainless cap and lid are hand wash for best care and longevity. Don't accept substitutes that use thin glass and inferior build quality.
  • GREAT LOOKING PRODUCT. Crystal clear and solidly built, the Evak stores conveniently and looks great on any counter or pantry, a beautiful complement to most kitchen décor. The Evak has now won 4 Internationally recognized awards for its cosmetic design and its practical functionality.
  • AVAILABLE IN 3 SIZES to suit your needs and 4 color choices. Large: holds 1 lb of coffee, 46 oz, 5.75 cups, 1.4 qt , 1.36 liter, Size 3.6 in DIA X 10 inches Medium: holds 1/2 lb of coffee, 24 oz, 3 cups, 0.75 qt, 709 ml SIZE 3.6 in DIA X 5.75 inches Small: holds 16oz, 2 cups, 0.5 qt, 468 ml SIZE 3.6 in DIA X 3.8 inches. This item is a Large EVAK

9. OSAKA Vacuum Sealed Canister

The OSAKA canister is another canister that takes its vacuum sealing very seriously. To seal this baby, you pump the handle up, down, and twist to get all the air out of the canister. You should bear in mind that you don’t want to store grounds in this canister, only beans. The reason for this is that the sucking motion generated by the vacuum will pull some grounds into the seal as well and that can cause it to malfunction.

Osaka Vacuum Sealed Canister. Stainless Steel Storage Container for Coffee and More. "Tempozan" (40oz)
  • Built in pump makes it easier than ever to store your coffee and food in an air free environment.
  • Stainless Steel canister protects your storage from heat or moisture and the tinted lid keeps the harmful UV rays out.
  • Just pump up and down and twist to lock and seal. To release the seal all you need to do is pull the little yellow tab. Indicator lets you know if you pumped out all the air and if any air leaked in over time.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: For powdered substances like ground coffee it is best to put in a bag before vacuuming, otherwise the powder gets sucked into the vacuum and causes it to malfunction.
  • Durable and dishwasher safe. Capacity: 1200ml/40oz. For any defects in the materials or craftsmanship of any Osaka product, please contact our customer service team and we will be glad to assist you.

How does coffee go bad?

Coffee doesn’t really spoil, but it does lose the finer flavor notes over a period of time. That’s why the golden rule of coffee is to use freshly roasted beans, grind them just before using, and only buy as much as you will use in a week or ten days.

If you buy pre-ground coffee and take a lot of time to drink it, you should try buying freshly roasted (or even freshly ground) coffee and drinking it.

The first time I had very fresh coffee, I was able to very easily drink it black, as there was just no bitterness or acidity. It was perfection in a cup.

Also, as the beans lose more and more carbon dioxide(and even more once you grind them) the flavor gets weaker and weaker as time goes on.

Finally, when you buy good quality, premium coffee beans, why not store them properly? It will help keep them fresh for as long as possible and you can enjoy proper, good coffee.

Another way coffee beans spoil is through oxidation. When coffee is exposed to oxygen, the process starts and there’s no way you can prevent it. The only thing you can do is delay it, and you can do that by storing it in an airtight container and limiting the amount of oxygen it’s exposed to.

UV rays, heat, and moisture also mount an attack on coffee and make it lose flavor and freshness. The antioxidants in coffee also dissipate with time.

Can you store coffee in the freezer?

Here’s an interesting fact about coffee: coffee is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs moisture from the air very easily. Along with moisture, it will also absorb any aromas and flavors, too. That’s why having an airtight seal is really important!

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There’s really no need to freeze coffee as such, since you’re probably going to consume it very quickly anyway, and keeping it out won’t spoil it if you’re using an airtight container like we recommended here.

Coffee goes bad by moisture and exposure to air – if you can control those two factors, the coffee will be fine. Of course, it will slowly lose carbon dioxide and thus its flavor, so you can’t really store it forever.

If you absolutely need to store it in the freezer, though, remember to use a 110% airtight container. Freezers and refrigerators often become melting pots for a variety of odors and you don’t want any raw chicken or garlic notes slipping into your coffee.

When you remove the coffee from the freezer, be as quick as possible, since the colder beans will attract condensation, another detriment to coffee.

Again, though, I’m going to stress: buy freshly roasted beans in small batches, store them outside in a coffee canister, and enjoy 🙂

Conclusion

Our favorite coffee storage container is the Coffee Gator. It’s the most functional and most value for money. If you are really serious about drinking good coffee, then you should definitely invest in a good coffee container.

Coffee Canister - Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Coffee Container - Fresher Beans and Grounds for Longer - Date-Tracker, CO2-Release Valve, Measuring Scoop and Travel Jar - Medium, Red
  • Fresh, Fresher, Freshest. You pay for prime quality ground and whole beans, so it makes sense to take care of them. This premium stainless steel container looks the bee's knees and loves your tea and coffee like a Kardashian loves a selfie
  • Safe from flavor-destroyers. Coffee naturally emits harmful co2 which needs venting away. Our zero-BPA canisters have innovative freshness valves to release co2 but lock out oxygen. Airtight, sealed containers stop this process and wreck coffee
  • Added Extras Mean Added Pleasure - Being stuck without coffee is an emergency situation. So we throw in a 4 ounce, stainless steel-cased glass travel jar. You even get a stainless steel measuring scoop for precision dosing included. Lucky you!
  • Track freshness for a dream brew for you and your guests. Sitting on top of the steel clasp seal lid is a calendar wheel. Logging the purchase or expiry date reduces waste and puts a stop to throwing precious coffee in the trash
  • Drink better coffee. Unlike the competition, we never compromise on quality, service or your personal happiness. Our military-grade vault is no different in delivering more smiles per cup. The search for coffee that makes you smile ends right here

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About Shabbir

Shabbir is the Chief Caffeine Officer at Coffee In My Veins. When he's not weighing out coffee beans for his next brew, you can find him writing about his passion: coffee.

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