Proper storage is an essential but easily overlooked factor in the taste of coffee. Even mild exposure to sunlight or oxygen reduces coffee's shelf life and diminishes flavor, so it’s best to keep beans in a dark, vacuum-sealed container.
Every canister and canister set on this list was sent to our coffee expert as part of our home testing process. Our reviewer spent more than a month comparing the items in his own kitchen and evaluating each one on its design, performance, durability, cleaning, and overall value. After storing coffee in the canisters for five weeks, he brewed the beans and rated every cup on its aroma, bloom, and taste.
Here are the best coffee canisters for your kitchen, according to our tests.
Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister
Indicator for vacuum seal
Available in multiple sizes and colors
Easy to pour coffee beans from
Hard to clean lid
One of the best ways to keep coffee beans fresh is by protecting them from oxygen. Few kitchen canisters do a better job of that than the Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister. In fact, the brand says its canisters increase coffee shelf life by roughly 50 percent. After testing the item for five weeks, our reviewer confirmed that the canister does keep coffee fresh longer than the majority of other options he used, although he can't definitively corroborate the 50 percent claim.
To make coffee beans last longer, the canister has an airtight seal that forms after users twist the lid back and forth several times. A handy vacuum lock indicator reveals when air has been fully purged from the canister and oxygen is prevented from entering. Along with its performance, our reviewer praised the canister for its stylish design and lightweight but durable material. There are three size options, 0.4, 0.7, and 1.2 liters; two choices for material, borosilicate glass or stainless steel; and two colors available, matte black and matte white.
One drawback to note is that our tester said the lid isn't the easiest to clean, as Fellow advises against rinsing it under running water. The canister is also a tad pricier than many similarly sized alternatives, but the cost is worth it in the end for fresher, tastier coffee.
Price at time of publish: $35
Capacity: 0.4, 0.7, and 1.2 liters | Material: Stainless steel and glass | Dimensions: 4.25 x 4.25 x 4.9 inches (0.7-liter model) | Dishwasher Safe: No
"This canister not only looks good in the kitchen, but it also performs well. With a few quick twists, the canister forms one of the most effective airtight seals we tested."
Planetary Design Airscape Kilo Coffee Canister
Effective airtight seal
Useful for other storage
Inner lid provides excellent freshness
Slightly hard to pour beans from
Some users say exterior can scratch
The only thing better than coffee is a lot of coffee, but it’s tough to buy in bulk when you’re worried about all those beans going stale. Luckily, the Planetary Design Airscape Kilo is spacious enough to store a whopping 2.5 pounds of ground or whole bean coffee as well as 5 pounds of flour and sugar, making it one of the largest airtight canisters you can find. Despite its size, our product tester says the item looked sleek and subtle on his countertop thanks to its matte colorways—white, gray, or charcoal.
Our reviewer found that what really sets this canister apart is its inner lid, which users press down via a handle to remove the air from inside. Our reviewer tested seven canisters in total, brewing coffee beans stored in each one over a period of five weeks, and the coffee beans kept in this canister tied for first place in freshness and flavor. He also found the Airscape easy to clean, even though it's not dishwasher safe, because its large size let him reach all parts inside with a sponge.
If you like the product and want a full set for your kitchen, Planetary Design produces the Airscape in two other sizes: a small canister, which holds 8 ounces of coffee, and a medium-sized one, which can store up to 1 pound. All options are sold at reasonable prices—even this bulk one.
Price at time of publish: $41
Capacity: 3.55 liters | Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 8 inches | Dishwasher Safe: No
"This heavy-duty canister is great to have around the house no matter what you're storing. Plus, it costs around the same amount as some smaller canisters."
Oxo Steel Coffee Pop Container (1.7 Qt) With Scoop
Dishwasher safe (except lid)
Easy to pour from
Rectangular shape saves counter space
Button may stick after prolonged use
Only available in one size
Oxo manufactures a variety of items to help households run smoothly, including its line of Pop containers. This 1.6-liter BPA-free Pop container is specifically designed for coffee, and it's one of the best values compared to other coffee canisters out there.
The easy-to-use lid forms an airtight seal when the Pop button is pressed down. The button can also be used as a handle when raised. Some online reviewers say the button can stick after long-term use, but our product tester found it extremely smooth after one month of testing.
The canister is large enough to hold a 1-pound bag of coffee, whether ground or whole bean, yet slim enough to save valuable counter space because of its rectangular design. A coffee scoop is included with the purchase, as well. The Pop container's corners are rounded, though, so you can pour beans directly from it if you prefer.
This is an updated version of a previous Oxo coffee canister. The two are similar in size, price, and design, but the newer model comes with a couple of upgrades, especially regarding its ease of cleaning. It is now dishwasher safe (aside from the lid) after previously being hand wash only.
Price at time of publish: $23
Capacity: 1.6 liters | Material: Plastic and steel | Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.3 x 6.3 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes (container and silicone gasket only)
"It's one of the first coffee canisters we would recommend because of its simple design, low price, and reliable airtight seal."
Best for Ground Coffee
Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Canister
Sturdy and easy to use clasp
Calendar wheel tracks freshness
An airtight seal is just the start of what makes this canister a top pick, particularly for ground coffee. It's designed with a one-way CO2 valve that protects the coffee from oxygen while letting it de-gas. There's a unique date wheel on top of the lid to track how long your coffee has been stored, which is something our tester didn't come across with any other canister in the testing process. Coffee Gator even throws in a stainless steel measuring scoop and four replacement valves with the purchase.
This canister is available in three sizes and multiple colors. The medium canister, which our coffee expert tested firsthand, comfortably holds 1 pound of ground or whole bean coffee. Our tester filled the canister with water and shook it upside down over his sink to test the integrity of the airtight seal. Not a single drop of water escaped, showing how well your coffee beans will be protected inside. The item should not be put in the dishwasher, but our reviewer washed inside the canister with a sponge without issue.
Price at time of publish: $26
Capacity: 0.9, 1.3, and 1.9 liters | Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 6 x 5 x 6 inches (1.3-liter model) | Dishwasher Safe: No
"Even if you don't end up using the calendar dial very often, you can still count on the Coffee Gator Canister to keep coffee beans fresh for weeks."
Le Creuset Storage Canister
Dishwasher safe (lid is hand wash only)
Available in a large capacity option
Useful for storing other kitchen goods
Le Creuset is well known for its colorful cast-iron cookware, and these stoneware canisters capture the brand's signature style. They are available in several eye-catching colors, from a cherry red to an elegant white, so every customer should be able to find an option that matches their kitchen décor. The canisters also have a wooden lid for a nice accent.
We sent the largest model, which holds 2.5 quarts, to our coffee expert. He spent more than a month testing the item and gave it a positive but not outstanding review. Since it isn't specifically designed for coffee, he found it more simplistic than other canisters he tested, some of which include one-way CO2 valves, clasps, coffee scoops, and more. It's also on the expensive end, partially because of the durable stoneware it's made from, so it isn't the best value for money out there. That said, he gave it high marks for freshness, durability, and ease of cleaning. The canister itself is dishwasher safe, although the lid is hand wash only.
You can find the Le Creuset Storage Canister in three sizes, starting at 23 ounces and working up to this 2.5-quart model. This offers the chance to buy a matching set in various sizes should you want to store other kitchen goods, like sugar and flour.
Price at time of publish: $62
Capacity: 23 ounces, 1.5 quarts, and 2.5 quarts | Material: Stoneware and wood | Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches (2.5-quart model) | Dishwasher Safe: Yes (except for wooden lid)
"The Le Creuset Storage Canister may be a little more style than substance, but like most of the brand's products, it's beautiful, well made, and should stick around for years to come."
Best Coffee Pod Holder
DecoBros K-Cup Storage Drawer
Great storage capacity
Sturdy and durable
May make Keurig too tall for cabinets
Keurig machine can dent top
Coffee storage isn't just for grounds and beans. Pod users will love the DecoBros K-Cup Storage Drawer, which fits 36 K-Cups and even more Nespresso capsules. The simple sliding drawer is a great way to organize your go-to coffee supply and keep countertops clean. When closed, the item measures 13 inches wide, 13 inches long, and 3 inches high—a size that fits comfortably beneath a coffee maker. It's also discreet, thanks to the sleek black steel design. Unfortunately, that's the only color it's sold in.
Our product tester was immediately impressed by the item's weight and durability, especially given its affordable price. He added that the sliding drawer worked smoothly after five weeks of usage and never squeaked or creaked. The drawer has to be cleaned by hand, but this shouldn't be much of an issue since it stores K-Cups instead of actual coffee beans.
Price at time of publish: $23
Capacity: 36 K-Cups | Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3 inches | Dishwasher Safe: No
"This affordable product keeps K-Cups and other coffee pods organized and easy to access while also saving counter space."
The Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister is sleek, easy to use, and available in several sizes and colors, not to mention it has a dependable airtight seal. As an alternative, the Oxo Steel Pop Container has excellent value for money and passed our tests with flying colors.
How We Tested
Every canister and canister set featured in this article was sent to our coffee expert's home and was tested by storing 3 to 5 ounces of coffee beans in each canister; he spent five weeks testing them intermittently. Part of his evaluation looked at how fresh the coffee beans stayed, how easy the lids were to open and close, and how well the canisters withstood general wear and tear. After testing, he submitted feedback about what he liked and disliked, and he rated each canister in the following areas: design, performance, durability, cleaning, and overall value.
Other Options We Tested
- Old Dutch International Canister Set: This four-piece hammered copper set takes something timeless and mixes in new-age elements, such as silicone gaskets. However, the airtight seal wasn't the best, according to our tester. It was difficult to fully close the lids on some of the canisters in the set, indicating that air was getting in and out. The ones that did close were difficult to open and shut. It requires "two hands and a lot of effort to remove the lid and get to your coffee beans," our tester said. That said, he called it a solid value-for-money option, as it comes around the same price as many solo canisters on this list. To keep the copper sparkling, occasional hand washing is recommended. Just make sure to avoid harsh brushes or cleaning products that could damage the material. Our tester said that cleaning is simple and that he could fit his hand inside every canister—even the smallest one. Sizes include 1 quart, 1.5 quarts, 2 quarts, and 4 quarts.
- Barnyard Designs Decorative Nesting Kitchen Canister Jars: As soon as our tester opened the box, has was impressed by the color and how clearly the lettering was printed on the canisters. Our tester said that these lids were the most difficult to open by far. After beginning the testing process, he noticed that the silicone band on one canister was twisted, making it even more difficult to open and close. While this didn't happen to every canister he used, he found it inconvenient to fix the silicone and eventually left it twisted. The canisters performed better than he expected when it came to their storage abilities, however. He kept 3 ounces of coffee beans in one canister and, over time, brewed two cups of coffee using a Chemex. The first cup was brewed after two weeks, and the second after five weeks. Compared to the other coffee he tested, our reviewer gave the taste of these beans an above-average score. If you can overlook slightly cheaper materials, these canisters are more than a rustic novelty. Note that they are hand wash only but easy to clean quickly with a sponge.
What to Look for in a Coffee Canister
The number one detail to look for in a coffee canister is whether its seal is airtight or not. This will preserve the life of your coffee beans and keep them fresh for the longest amount of time. Luckily, it's quite easy to find airtight canisters in a number of sizes, designs, and prices.
"A lot of coffee bags have valves, those circles right on the bag, to get the oxygen out. You can squeeze out all of the air to extend the life of your coffee beans, but this really isn't a great solution. It's just a backup option." — Allie Caran, Product Manager at BaristaValet
Stainless steel is the most common material a coffee canister is made from, but plastic, ceramic, copper, and glass are all options too. One key detail to look out for is whether the material is translucent and would expose coffee beans to UV rays, which would make them go stale faster. This mainly applies to plastic and glass. Another concern is durability. Would you prefer a more durable material like stainless steel? Or is aesthetic the biggest factor? In which case, you may prefer something that stands out more like ceramic or copper.
Ease of Use
The majority of kitchen canisters are equally easy to use since you normally just pop the lid on and off. However, many models have minor nuances and intricacies to them, including ones on this list. The lid on the Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister can be twisted multiple times to release air trapped inside the jar. It's an extremely helpful feature, but it takes a few extra seconds. Another example is the Planetary Designs Airscape Kilo Canister, which has a plunger lid to press down before the top lid is put on. Some people may prefer these added steps because they improve a product's performance, while other customers care most about simplicity.
If you routinely get the same size bag of coffee beans, check beforehand when buying a canister to make sure your go-to coffee will fit. Some canisters can hold a pound of whole bean coffee, while others may be too small for that. Price is often linked to storage capacity, so expect to pay a little more for larger canisters.
Many coffee canisters come in sets or share designs with other canisters that can be purchased separately to make a set. This is handy for storing other goods while keeping the same style in your kitchen. It's also handy for a canister set to have varying sizes, as not all kitchen goods need the same amount of space.
Do coffee beans expire?
Roasted coffee beans are a perishable product, but if stored properly they do not spoil or rot. It is highly unlikely that you will get sick by drinking coffee made from old beans, unless the beans have grown mold after being exposed to water. So it is safe to use coffee beans after their expiration or "best by" date has passed. Just expect the flavor to be greatly diminished.
When do coffee beans lose flavor?
If stored properly, whole bean coffee loses nearly all of its flavor in about six to nine months and ground coffee in about three to five months. Coffee steadily begins to lose flavor much earlier than this, however. Whole bean coffee tastes best when brewed within 14 days of roasting, and ground coffee is best within a shorter time frame of about 10 days. This window may feel brief, but don't worry: coffee still tastes good even after these respective time periods have passed. Think of it as a reference point for when coffee is at its peak freshness rather than a deadline by which you have to brew.
Should I keep coffee in the freezer?
It's usually a bad idea to keep coffee in the freezer. Exposure to moisture is one of the biggest factors that makes coffee taste worse, not to mention the temperature fluctuation that could occur from opening and closing the freezer. This rule is not set in stone, however. If coffee beans were sealed airtight and able to avoid moisture, the freezer could slow down the process of them going stale, but it's generally riskier and much more effort for very little, if any, difference compared to storing them in an airtight and opaque coffee canister.
What is green coffee?
Green coffee refers to coffee beans that haven't been roasted yet. This is also called "raw coffee." Green coffee beans should typically be roasted within one year of purchasing them. Otherwise they may lose their flavor. That said, some roasters choose to age coffee beans for multiple years to accentuate certain flavors in the beans, similar to aging wine or whiskey, but this is an intricate process that only works with certain varieties of coffee.
What is 18/8 stainless steel?
18/8 stainless steel is often used for food and drink products that can include coffee canisters, thermoses, and more. We asked Graham Nearn, the Senior Vice President of Product Creation & Design for PMI Worldwide, to explain what exactly the term means. He explained that 18/8 stainless steel is made from 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel and said it's so commonly used because it's "food-grade, durable, and resistant to corrosion."
Are coffee canisters recyclable?
Yes. The plastic cans, steel cans, and tin cans that coffee comes in can be recycled. There are also ways to repurpose coffee cans, from using them for fun crafts to turning them into planters, bird feeders, household storage containers, and more.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This piece was written by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. To make these selections, he researched the elements and conditions that cause coffee to go stale, referenced customer reviews, and consulted articles published by third-party sites. He spent several weeks testing and reviewing every canister that appears in this article.
Allie Caran, the Product Manager at BaristaValet, was interviewed for this piece. She previously worked as the director of education at Partners Coffee. Allie has been in the coffee industry for more than 15 years.
Graham Nearn is the Senior Vice President of Product Creation & Design for PMI Worldwide. He oversees the Stanley brand, which has manufactured vacuum flasks and more since 1913.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bisphenol A (BPA) factsheet.