Bean Cellars

coffee bean storage for home use

I have fond childhood memories of my mother yelling at me to close that bag of potato chips when you’re done! Now as a parent, I continue the tradition and yell the same advice to my children. There are two lessons to be learnt from this: listen to your mother, and fresh food tastes better.

After purchase, most people store their coffee in the same bags it came in. Those types of bags range from Earth unfriendly plastic to more eco-conscious paper. More fastidious individuals, on the other hand, take the time to transfer their beans into sealed airtight containers. Regardless of the environmental impact, all of these techniques suffer from the same shortcoming.

Repeatedly opening and closing a bag or container exposes the coffee to outside air, which in turn results in oxidation and staleness. When you’ve just spent $19 for a pound of freshly roasted beans, there’s nothing more frustrating than discovering your coffee is prematurely stale or past its peak.

We created the Bean Cellar as a specially designed single dose container for storing whole coffee beans. Now when you buy beans, you only have to take out your scale once to weigh doses of your favorite coffee. It does make a big difference it terms of convenience by not having to take out a bag, scale and dosing cup every time you want to grind a shot. And by portioning your beans in a single sitting, you expose your coffee to air only two times, first when you open your bag and finally right before you grind.

I have fond childhood memories of my mother yelling at me to close that bag of potato chips when you’re done! Now as a parent, I continue the tradition and yell the same advice to my children. There are two lessons to be learnt from this: firstly listen to your mother, and second that fresh food simply tastes better.

After purchase, most people store their coffee in the same bags it came in. Those types of bags range from Earth unfriendly plastic to more eco-conscious paper. More fastidious individuals, on the other hand, take the time to transfer their beans into sealed airtight containers. Regardless of the environmental impact, all of these techniques suffer from the same shortcoming.

Repeatedly opening and closing a bag or container exposes the coffee to outside air, which in turn results in oxidation and staleness. When you’ve just spent $19 for a pound of freshly roasted beans, there’s nothing more frustrating than discovering your coffee is prematurely stale or past its peak.

We created the Bean Cellar as a specially designed single dose container for storing whole coffee beans. Now when you buy beans, you only have to take out your scale once to weigh doses of your favorite coffee. It does make a big difference it terms of convenience by not having to take out a bag, scale and dosing cup every time you want to grind a shot. And by portioning your beans in a single sitting, you expose your coffee to air only two times, first when you open your bag and finally right before you grind.

Bean Cellar – Glass

We offer two types of Bean Cellars, one for the home and the other for commercial use. The home Bean Cellars use 2.5mm extra thick, Japanese high borosilicate glass tubes, making them especially tough and shatter resistant. The caps are precision CNC machined aluminum and finished with a protective anodized surface. To create airtight seals, instead of cheap silicone, we use Viton O-rings which offer extended wear resistance and stability under the harshest conditions. And most importantly, we’ve incorporated a one-way valve into the cap of every Bean Cellar.

Pressure Release

After roasting, fresh coffee outgasses CO2 which has to be vented from the storage container. Recessed into the cap of every Bean Cellar is a custom one way silicone dome valve which releases internal pressure. The stored coffee remains blanketed in a heavier layer of accumulated CO2 which upwardly displaces any residual air introduced during the filling process.

Size Difference

The home version of the Bean Cellar comes in two different sizes, and are named Shorty and Tall Boy. Shorty is 130mm and Tall Boy 150mm long, both models have an outside diameter of 30mm. On average, Shorty is designed to hold up to 18 to 19g of beans or 48.9cm3 while Tall Boy can fit 23 to 24g or 59.7cm3. Capacity will vary and depends on the type of coffee bean being stored.

Bean Caddy

Shorty and Tall Boy Bean Cellars are sold in lots of 12 and include a custom designed wooden storage caddy as well as a useful stainless steel funnel. Each caddy is hand made and cut from sustainably harvested Japanese Maple.

Creating a caddy is a unique and highly specialized process. Itoshima is a small town in Kyushu, Japan known for being an oasis to organic farmers, world famous ramen and craftsmen. One of those craftsmen is the acclaimed Wataru Sakai, owner of Double=Double. A furniture maker by trade, Wataru’s special passion is making tableware and everyday goods. His wooden cutlery, plates, and trays are all made by hand in Itoshima, and are often featured in galleries and design magazines throughout the world. We are honored to be able to work with Wataru on the Caddy for our Bean Cellars. Each Caddy is made from a solid block of Maple, individually sanded and finished with a natural linseed oil.

Hand Crafted in Japan

The Glass Bean Cellars and caddy are not a mass produced product and are made and assembled in very limited numbers by crafts people local to the Fukuoka Prefecture in Western Japan. We are proud to be able to support the local community, fostering the next generation of artists and trades people.

As a result, this product ships directly from Japan via EMS. A global flat rate shipping fee plus insurance has been already added to the price of this product. Customs, duties and any import taxes are the responsibility of the customer. Unfortunately we are unable to provide an estimate to these costs, since they vary from country to country.

Directions

While the Bean Cellars are made of a tough durable glass, they still can be broken. We recommend using common sense when handling the tubes, taking care not to drop and avoiding sudden impacts.

Removing the Cap

Place your thumb against the side of the cap as shown in the illustration below.

Applying steady pressure, push the cap upwards and away from your hand. Do not apply excessive force as the cap my suddenly loosen and fly off the tube. For the first few times, we recommend using two hands till you become more accustomed to the amount of force necessary to remove the cap.

Filling

We recommend removing the caps from all of the Bean Cellars prior to filling. Keep the glass tubes inside the caddy. Weight or portion your beans in another receptacle and then use the included funnel to fill each tube.

Care & Maintenance

The glass tubes are dishwasher safe. The caps are anodized aluminum and should only be wiped with a damp towel. They are not dishwasher safe, and abrasive or strong cleansers will damage the surface.

A periodic oiling of the O-rings with a light mineral oil will keep the caps operating smoothly. We recommend using a  very lightly saturated cloth or cotton swab for application.