edkrueger wrote:So, how are they?
I guess I can get the canister rolling.
First off, they are really heavy duty with thick walls ... and have serious heft to them. They do not warp or "give" when applying pressure on the air release lid.
The plunger is quite funtuction for removing excess air from the canister. So as you use more and more, you simply press the plunger deeper and deeper. The outer lid stays at the top which is nicer and more paractical then not having the added lid at the top.
If you like contemporary design, you will like their looks. The sides have to be perfectly vertical in order for the plunger system to work.
I could see using them more if the size was more conducive to my personal choices in tea, Japanese greens mostly. This is the smallest size at this time. It would take a LOT (of green tea and green cash) to fill the canister. But I would think this would be great for storing and aging oolongs, especially the more wirey types versus the rolled ball types. Still, my biggest recommendation is to make smaller units for the more specialty tea drinker.
As long as the plunger holds up, I could see these outliving me. An interesting concept and product that should have a good future.
I could also see purchasing spray canisters (sort of an aerosol hairspray size) of nitro available at liquor stores for preserving wine, etc., and using this in combination with this unit for storing high end greens from China. This would be a simplified at home nitrogen flushing system.