Store Your Coffee Properly For The Best Cup
Making sure your coffee is fresh is the first step to an enjoyable cup. But other than buying freshly roasted coffee, shipped right to your door, how can you keep your coffee fresh? Let’s take a look at some possibilities.
How Long Does It Stay Fresh?First things first, coffee should be used within two weeks of roasting to be sure you are drinking the freshest available. After this time, the flavor erodes, and your cup of coffee will not be as tasty as you would prefer. To try to keep your coffee as flavorful as possible:
Now, how can we prolong the freshness?
- - Purchase whole beans rather than ground coffee
- - Ensure your beans are packaged with a one-way valve rather than vacuum sealed
- - Store your beans in a location that is cool and dark
- - Grind your beans just before you brew them
- - Buy a smaller amount of coffee to ensure you use it before it goes stale
Let’s Deep Six The Deep FreezeOnce believed one of the better ways to store your coffee for long-term, freezing your coffee is a bad idea. Coffee beans are porous and the moisture that collects on the beans from the freezer can really do a number on the flavor. When the beans thaw out, the moisture on the surface gets absorbed into the bean and any flavors or odors in that moisture are absorbed as well. Did you really want fish flavored coffee? We didn’t think so. The only time you should consider freezing your coffee beans is if you have purchased in bulk and will not be able to use the beans within the golden window of two weeks. In this case, to keep the moisture damage at a minimum:
- - Pre-portion your bulk coffee into what you use in two weeks
- - Store the pre-portioned coffee in freezer bags and those bags in a larger freezer bag (if possible)
- - Remove as much of the air as possible from the bags
- - Remove the pre-portioned bag quickly so condensation doesn’t form on the remaining beans