Anyone have any recommendations on a good airtight container for storing whole bean coffee throughout the week? I am just getting into fresh grinding every morning and it seems like leaving it in the bag each morning just isn't good enough. Any help would be appreciated.
I don't know about any standalone airtight containers, but my vacuum sealer has both containers which you can run through the machine to create a vacuum as well as a hose attachment which will seal whatever.
A nice little bonus for a machine I bought specifically to sous-vide things.
@ceraphs: For whole beans, it doesn't really matters. Just never EVER put it in the dishwasher or it will start tasting like... well kind of like soap (comes from the plastic they use to make the box). Beyond that, there nothing to worry about really. Maybe you'd like a glass container so that it will reduce the risks of contaminating (anything else than PVC should be no trouble) and also, it's nice to see the beans, right?
I don't know jack about vacuum coffee bean canisters but I've seen them on a couple of webshops so maybe they're worth checking out.
I use a glass canister I found someplace (maybe walmart?) with one of those rubber gaskets around the lid and a snap down latch to hold it in place. Didn't go with plastic because I didn't want to risk anything tasting like plastic.
Get something that has a latch. I use a metal container I bought at Bed Bath & Beyond for about $15. There were three containers, there's a silicone gasket around the lid, and there's a metal latch, so the beans can outgas and release pressure into the canister.
I appreciate all the suggestions. I will make the trek into suburbia for Bed, Bath, & Beyond this evening and see what I can find there. I am just excited to be stepping my game up from K-Cups to fresh ground, auto drip/pour over.
@ceraphs: My step-father has and uses the FoodSaver vacuum machine all the time. It has a plastic hose which fits to large plastic canisters to create a vacuumed container for his whole coffee beans. It's kinda the best overall solution to keeping the beans fresh as possible once they leave a retail packaging bag. If that's too expensive, simply go to a Target or WalMart, go into the kitchen / home section, look for a cannister or glass jar for about 10 to 15 bucks that has either a locking device on the top or a suction seal on the lid.
@BaskervilleManor: I love that hose attachment. I haven't found much use for it yet beyond longer leftover storage, but it's infinitely amusing. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw this topic as well.