When it comes to storing coffee beans everyone seem to be an expert and they will all tell you what “they” think is the best way to store coffee. Some of the advice might be correct, but from my experience not many people know how to store coffee correctly.
The secret to having great tasting stored coffee all starts with the beans. A coffee beans greatest enemy is moisture and air and in an ideal world coffee should be freshly ground, brewed, and then quickly consumed for optimum flavor and taste. But in today’s fast paced world who has time to do all that? So the next best thing is to learn how to store coffee beans for longer periods of time allowing you to brew a quick cup of coffee whenever you want.
Best Way To Store Coffee Beans Our Tips
I know you all brew a cup of Joe differently and in different coffee makers, so in this article I will cover the best tips on storing your beans which are raw (green) beans, roasted beans, and ground coffee beans. When it comes to storage of coffee the fresh raw beans will last the longest and can stay fresh almost indefinitely. Your roasted coffee beans are good for about 2 to 3 weeks if stored correctly and ground coffee really needs to be consumed right away. If you have the time I highly recommend that your grind your coffee and use straight away, and then store your coffee beans until needed.
If you’re a coffee junkie chances are you’re a fan of raw beans and roasting and grinding them. This is by far the most rewarding way to enjoy coffee, if you have the time and tools. The best way to store your raw beans or green coffee beans as they are often referred to is to store them in a dark location in a bag or in an air-tight container at room temperature.
If you by pre-roasted beans simply keep them in an air-tight container, a glass jar is a good storage method and you can easily find the jars that come with vacuum seals. Roasted coffee beans will stay fresh in a sealed jars or container for around 2 to 3 weeks.
Tip: don’t grind your coffee beans until you are ready to use them
Ground coffee is the favorite among many coffee drinkers and is definitely the most convenient however it will never taste as fresh as grinding your own and brewing straight away.
Once you initially open your bag of ground coffee the clock starts ticking and the freshness can decline in a matter of hours to a couple of days depending on how you store it. The ground coffee loses its freshness because more surface area is exposed. The best way to store ground coffee is in an air-tight canister in a dark and dry place and at room temperature for around two weeks.
There are specialized coffee storage containers that are available in today’s market such as Stainless Steel Coffee Vaults.
Storing Coffee, the Don’ts
There is a common myth that storing coffee in the refrigerator is the best way to store coffee, this is simply NOT true. When you keep coffee in the fridge it will start to absorb moisture and also the coffee will take on-board any odors you have floating around your refrigerator. So unless you want your coffee tasting like last night’s meat loaf dinner keep it out of the fridge.
You may have also heard that you can keep your coffee in the freezer. This is generally okay to do, however it really is only a one-time shot. The de-frosted coffee should never be re-frozen as condensation can form and adversely affect taste and deplete the flavorful oils. If you are going to try this storage method only freeze and thaw it out once to keep the beans form absorbing too much moisture from the freezer.
How do you store your coffee beans? Drop me a message below on your best storage tips