In coffee’s infinite fickleness, the ways in which it’s stored following roasting can significantly affect its goodness over time. We all have different rates at which we brew through a bag and different budgets when it comes to splurging on new coffee gadgets. We’ve detailed a few different options at different price points, levels of sophistication, and counter appeal. Here’s how Schuil suggests that you store your coffee.
1. IN THE COFFEE BAG We know we got you all excited mentioning gadgets, sophistication, and splurging - some things can be best kept simple though. Storage methods can be broken down into a few general styles, dependent on how much air they prevent from entering and how much air they remove from the canister. The most rudimentary is air-tight storage, in which no air is expelled and no air is let in. While there are options ranging from mason jars to marketed air-tight containers, keeping your coffee in the bag it came in achieves similarly effective results, particularly if it’s equipped with a one-way valve that allows gas to continually exit the bag.
Luckily, Schuil’s bags have just that! Bags with gas valves can actually be superior to some commercial air-tight containers in that they’re typically not clear, so sunlight is kept out of the equation. Although us humans crave all of the Vitamin D the sun can give us at this point in the Winter, coffee keeps it vampiric and prefers the dark. Remember to just make sure that you roll up the bag extra tight between uses if storing this way.
2. IN A VACUUM CANISTER To take full vengeance on oxygen for the cruel effects it inflicts on coffee beans, we must take measures further than just displacement. Avengers of the coffee galaxy, Fellow offers several must-have items for the enthusiast’s coffee rig. In addition to their stunning Stagg Kettle and futuristic Ode Grinder, they’ve introduced a canister that manually sucks out almost all air from the vessel.
In contrast to displacement, evacuation canisters go the extra mile and remove any remaining oxygen remaining in the crevices between beans, banishing air, moisture, and odor.
We recommend their matte white or matte black models, to avoid any sun exposure. Evacuation canisters have been proven to maintain the most sweetness and flavor clarity over time, compared to air-tight and displacement canisters.
Best of all, the Atmos Vacuum Canister is hardly more expensive than any of its competitors, deeming it the easy choice for us.
3. IN AN AIRSCAPE KITCHEN CANISTER
In this coffee-storing technology, air is forced out of the canister by pure brute force. Just kidding, Airscape’s patented one-way valve lid easily presses down to displace most air from the container, no bicep days at the gym required.
We like their sleek design, variety of color options, and user-friendliness. Several comparable models are tall and skinny, which makes it hard to fit your hand all the way in when pressing down the lid.
Airscape’swide mouth allows for hands of all sizes to easily put air in its place - away from your precious beans.
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