Bean Cellar Glass
the ultimate in coffee bean storage
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 geisha, 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 or Bean Counter 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. Our Bean Cellars include our originally designed and proprietary one-way valve system that allows the CO2 of freshly roasted coffee to outgas, displacing the lighter oxygen out of the valve at the top of the cap.
We redesigned our bean cellars for 2020 to include a caddy made of solid teak, brought back our incorporated Coffee Brush, added a storage place for the included stainless funnel, and designed in a solid brass handle. This is the ultimate in bean storage.
About the ONYX version:
Same as above, but the caddy is made from flame-polished Oak to match the EG-1 ONYX. The brush is also flame-polished to match.
- set of 12 borosilicate glass bean cellars and caps
- solid Teak caddy
- solid brass handle and attaching hardware
-stainless bean funnel (fits both glass and commercial bean cellars)
- WW custom coffee brush with Rosewood handle and brass ferrule
- 3 spare glass tubes
Additional spare glass can be found here.
The caddy is 30cm wide, 9cm deep, and 4cm tall. With just the glass the height is 15.5cm, and with the brass handle it is 23cm tall. They can hold 18-22g of beans, depending on the bean size and roast. Lighter roasts can hold more (they are more dense), and darker a bit less. At our workshop we use them for storing 20.0g doses of a medium espresso blend with a little bit of headroom left.
Light vs Air:
Many customers ask us if light will affect the storage of the beans. The short answer is "no," as long as they are not stored in direct sunlight. From our experience and tests, as well as to the testament of our customers, the negative effects of opening and closing a vessel and re-exposing them to fresh air is several orders of magnitude more damaging to bean freshness than ambient light in a room.