How to Store Your Coffee
It's no surprise that fresh coffee beans yield a better-tasting cup. Should you store your coffee, aim to preserve and protect your crafted beans' freshness. Avoid air, moisture, heat, and light when stocking your favourite blend at home. These are your flavour-destroying elements, and any exposure to them will make your coffee taste bad.
Here is an easy guide on keeping your coffee fresh (and delicious) for longer so you can wake up to a fantastic tasting cup.
What is the Best Way to Store Coffee?
Proper storage of coffee beans is essential but easily overlooked. Even mild exposure to sunlight, oxygen or moisture will reduce your coffee's shelf life and diminish its flavour. So, it's best to keep the beans in an airtight container like this one. If your coffee bag has an airtight closure, like a zip-top seal, you can use that. Store your beans container or your coffee bags in a dark, dry place. Keep coffee away from warm areas like your oven or stove.
How Long Does the Freshness of Coffee Last?
It's all in the bag. That means, depending upon how your beans are packaged, they'll stay fresh longer. If not, their flavour will flatten quickly. For example, papercraft bags with thin linings will not keep your coffee fresh for very long. You'll enjoy it for a week, but it'll taste stale after that.
To Freeze or Not to Freeze Coffee Beans
If your coffee bag is completely sealed and unopened, you can freeze your beans. Then, before drinking, allow at least one hour for the frozen coffee beans to defrost before grinding. But, putting a half-opened bag of beans in the freezer will cause the coffee to condense and push oils to the surface - ageing the coffee faster. Hence, the coffee will go stale in a week or two.
We'd love to hear how you like storing your coffee and if you have any tips to share, let us know in the comments below.