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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.
After testing, we awarded our top spot to the Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister, which sports an airtight vacuum seal that keeps coffee beans fresh for weeks. It's available in multiple sizes, materials, and colors, too. For a budget option, the Oxo Steel Coffee POP 1.7-quart Container is a good choice that provides above-average performance.
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.
Best Overall: Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister
Indicator light 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 small 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.
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 I tested."
Best Bulk: 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.
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 much smaller canisters."
Best Budget: 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 to instead.
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 small upgrades, especially regarding its ease of cleaning. It is now dishwasher safe (aside from the lid) after previously being hand wash only.
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 I would recommend because of its simple design, low price, and reliable airtight seal."
Best for Ground Coffee: Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Canister
Sturdy, 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 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.
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."
Best Design: 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.
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.
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 simultaneously saving counter space."
How We Tested
Every canister and canister set featured in this article was sent to our coffee expert and home tested, who stored 3 to 5 ounces of coffee beans in each one and 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 included in the set, indicating that air was getting in and out. The ones that did close were rather 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, and shortly 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, 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 back-up option." — Allie Caran, Product Manager at BaristaValet
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 a larger canister.
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.
How long do coffee canisters keep coffee fresh?
It takes a long time for coffee to truly “go bad,” even when it’s stored in subpar conditions. Unopened ground coffee lasts for three to five months and whole bean coffee lasts six to nine months. Coffee stored in the freezer can last multiple years, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to keep coffee there, even for a short amount of time. Doing so will weaken your coffee’s flavor and aroma, leading to a bad cup of joe.
Even though coffee takes a while to expire, it loses freshness quickly. The main factors that make coffee go stale are light, air, and moisture. If ground or whole bean coffee is exposed to any of these conditions, it will become stale within days. That’s why a reliable coffee canister is a worthwhile (and usually affordable) purchase. Aim for a canister that is airtight and opaque. It will help your coffee beans retain freshness for roughly four weeks, sometimes even longer than that.
Are coffee cans 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.