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: 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, 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 cleaning brush. The caddy is cut from Acacia, a dense, fast growing, aromatic hardwood native to Taiwan.

Creating a caddy is a unique and highly specialized process. Similar to theĀ ancient yaki-sugi technique practiced by Japanese woodworkers, the wood is brushed with a jet of flame to transform the unfinished surface into a integral charcoal layer. The once featureless face of the wood is transfigured with fissures and cracks. The result is a lustrous black and silver finish highlighting the grain and protecting the wood.

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Bean Brush

Every set of Bean Cellars for the home includes one of our specially designed brushes. Practicing a craft handed down through the generations, our Bean Brushes are hand made by a small team of craftsmen in Taichung Taiwan. Instead of using less robust vegetable based bristles such as bassine or palmyra, we’ve chosen long lasting animal fibers, a 60/40 horse/boar hair blend offering a combination of stiffness and volume ideal for cleaning up coffee grounds. Unique for any brush, the tip is specially tapered, which helps to get into the small nooks and crannies of a grinder or burr set. And instead of a long shaft normally found on paint brushes, we use a short handle more commonly found in makeup applications, which allows the barista get into and under tight spaces.