Coffee Storage: Airtight and Cool is the Ticket
Proper coffee storage is a big part to maintaining your coffee’s freshness and flavor. You must keep it away from excessive air, moisture, heat, and light. Exposure to excessive air is the major culpert when it comes to preserving fresh roast flavor as long as possible. I agree coffe beans can be decorative and beautiful to look on your counter but you will compromise the taste of your coffee if your coffee storage includes something like this way. Storing whole coffe beans in a container that is not airtight will cause coffe beans to become stale and your coffe beans will quickly lose their fresh flavor.
Coffee Storage: Daily Use Coffee
Do not to refrigerate or freeze your daily use supply of coffee because contact with moisture will cause it to deteriorate quickly. Instead, store coffee in airtight glass, hard plastic or ceramic containers and keep it in a dark and cool location. Near the oven is often too warm, as is a cabinet that receives heat from a strong afternoon or summer sun. And don’t even think about the cabinet above your stove.
I buy my freshly roasted coffee beans in a valve bag. This allows the CO2 to escape but doesn’t let air in. You can keep the fresh coffee beans in this sealed bag but once you open it, the beans need to go into a airtight containers. The commercial coffee containers or tubs that you purchased your coffee in are generally not appropriate for long-term storage. Appropriate coffee storage canisters must have an airtight seal are a worthwhile investment. I love my Coffeevac from Tightvac. The airtight coffee storage containers work like the valve bags. They let the gas out but don’t let air in. I have three different sizes and love them all.
Coffee Storage: Buy the Right Quantities
It is smart to buy whole coffee beans in amounts proportionate to how fast you will use it. Whole coffee beans begin to lose their freshness almost immediately after roasting so it is far better to buy it in smaller quantities. Buy freshly roasted whole coffee beans frequently and buy only what you will use in the next 1 or 2 weeks. And because exposure to air is your coffee’s worst enemy, it is a good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, keeping the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container that doesn’t get opened all the time.
Coffee Storage: Buying and Storing Larger Quantities of Coffee
If you are like me, you like to save money. If you buy a large quantity of whole coffee beans that you will not use right away, put smaller amounts of beans, wrapped in airtight baggies then paper. These can be stored for up to a month in the freezer. I actually have a airtight plastic container I use to stick the baggies of coffee in then freeze. I then can pull out a small bag when I need it. Once you have removed coffee beans from the freezer, do not return them. Instead, move them to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.
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