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Coffee in a Can

We’re revolutionizing coffee freshness and sustainability, one can at a time

Our whole bean coffee is now in a retrofuturistic can. It’s online, at Whole Foods, and even on Amazon. What gives? Well, a little mystery is to be expected because these aren’t just any old cans. These cans are revolutionizing the way we think about coffee freshness and sustainability.

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh

Coffee freshness matters, and oxygen is its no. 1 enemy. With our top-secret technology, these cans lock out significantly more oxygen than our paper bags. The coffee is hermetically sealed using a pressurizing technology that our coffee scientists invented—so you won’t find it used in any other coffee cans, anywhere. Bottom line: fresher coffee is more delicious coffee.

Made by Coffee Scientists

Our team of coffee experts invented a freshness-locking, time-stopping “dome” to make our Whole Bean Cans and our Perfectly Ground packets. Part Buckminster Fuller, part 2001: Space Odyssey, our top-secret tech locks out oxygen, which causes coffee to age. Pressure-sealed inside, our whole beans remain at peak flavor until the moment you open your can.


Reduce Your Coffee-Waste Footprint 

Because the coffee inside our cans stays fresher longer, we’re able to significantly reduce coffee waste at several points in the supply chain. At home, you can keep the cans in your cabinet without worrying about them going stale shortly after purchase. At the grocery store, we no longer have to insist that our beans be discarded after two weeks to ensure freshness. Less coffee waste means that we can honor our farmers, roasters, and the environment by not having to throw away coffee that required time, energy, and used natural resources to produce.

Recycle That Can

Our bags are compostable (minus the metal tie), but our cans and their caps are 100% recyclable. So, if you don’t live in an area with industrial composting, you can still feel good about your coffee packaging. (Plus the cans travel better than paper, are more useful on your countertop because they double as light-proof storage, and they make a more elegant gift, too.)

Coffee For Everyone

We believe that you shouldn’t have to live near a Blue Bottle cafe to have access to delicious coffee. Our cans make it possible for our coffee to exist in grocery stores across the country, because they can stay fresh on the shelf longer. Before we invented the can, bags of beans had to be discarded after two weeks and, in addition to that being a very wasteful practice, it’s also a turnaround that a lot of grocery stores simply won’t agree to. These cans bring Blue Bottle Coffee to more places.

Your Burning Questions...

But Where’s the Roast Date?

There isn’t one, but there is a new “best by” date.

What Does the “Best By” Date Actually Mean?

The best-by date is four months from roast. We only package the coffee in our cans when it is at its peak, so it has already off-gassed the right amount and is, in our opinion, at its very best. When you open the can, there’s a pleasant “pop”—it’s Pavlovian.  

Once I Open the Can, How Long Does the Coffee Stay Fresh?

Once opened, we recommend consuming the coffee within two weeks, preferably grinding it as you go.  

When Will the Cans Be Certified Organic?

The beans inside are organic, but we aren’t officially certified quite yet. Don’t worry—we’re working on it!

Is the Coffee from the Same Source as the Coffee Served in Blue Bottle Cafes?

Like all Blue Bottle coffee, we source via direct trade with farmers that we know and trust. Many of them are like family to us now. We’re guided by ethical sourcing practices and we never prioritize the bottom line over the wellbeing of our farming community.

Can I Still Get Paper Coffee Bags in Your Cafes?

Yes, of course. We’re kind of attached to them, too. But we’d love it if you gave the cans a try. They might become your new favorite.

At Blue Bottle, delicious, sustainably sourced coffee is what we do.


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By Blue Bottle Staff

Published Dec. 3, 2018

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