Coffee Storage Tips

Coffee Storage is very important for harvesting the best tastes.

What to Avoid in Coffee Storage •Air •Moisture •Heat •Light

Coffee Storage Locations •Cool, dark, dry places (such as pantries and cabinets) are best for coffee storage. Cooler when traveling by car especially in zip lock bags.

Fridges and freezers should be avoided because they are moist. Avoid Warm spots, next windows, oven or in cabinets that get hot from exposure to sunlight or cooking equipment. Counter tops that are away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat can be appropriate if you use opaque, airtight storage vessels.

Coffee Container Types Once coffee’s original packaging is opened, coffee loses its freshness quickly.  Keep In in a Zip lock freezer bag and extract all air. Glass, ceramic or non-reactive metal containers with airtight gaskets are ideal for storing coffee. Coffee can be stored fresh in clear, glass canisters or clear plastic ware only if the canisters are kept in a cool, dark place.  Pantry, Under stairs are great locations. For counter top storage, opaque, airtight containers are best.  This helps eliminate sun too.

Grinding Equipment Always clean your grinder after each batch.  If your like me you may like flavors and I can tell you from experience a blueberry mixed into another batch may not be as appealing as you intended.  Do not store coffee in your grinder.

Coffee Equipment For best results, clean clean clean often.  Always make sure you have fresh filters and put a little vinegar in your machine on a couple water only cycles to keep it operating properly.    Did I mention Clean.  Do not store coffee in your machine.   I found those you are true coffee lovers will prepare it fresh to order.   But there are those that prefer the automated approach of filling in the evening for that morning smell.   You do loose some freshness overnight

Coffee’s Freshness Over Time •Coffee begins to lose its freshness as soon as it is done roasting, and is at its peak in the first few days after it is roasted. •Ground coffee is best when consumed within one to two weeks of roasting. Whole beans are best to use if you consume coffee within one month of roasting. To keep your coffee fresh, buy just-roasted coffee often, in quantities that will only last you one to two weeks, and then store your coffee properly. 16 oz. 1 Lb packages are the best. If you want to buy a larger quantity of coffee, store the bulk of it tightly sealed in an airtight container in a cool, dark area and keep a smaller quantity in a smaller container for daily use. Only open the large container to refill the smaller container. Storing coffee this way will reduce air exposure for the larger portion coffee.  I caution in bulk purchases unless you intend to do a lot of drinking.

Freshness of Ground Coffee vs. Whole Beans Ground coffee has much more surface area than whole beans, so it goes bad much faster.   Think it as a rip exposed apple. Whole beans are ideally consumed within one month of roasting and has a layer of protection that slows the coffee from becoming bad fast. Ground beans are ideally consumed within one to two weeks of roasting depending on number of pots consumered. For optimal coffee freshness, grind your beans just before you intend to brew them.  This way you can enjoy all the oils and flavors as intended.

Green Coffee Beans •Green coffee beans are available from many of the better coffee retailers out there.  This will allow you to try roasting your own blend. Green beans store much better and longer than roasted coffee beans. If green coffee beans are stored as outlined above, they can stay fresh for over a year!   Ideal for those in the wilderness or everyday dooms day prepers. With a little work, you can roast green coffee beans at home and then grind them as needed for the freshest coffee possible.   Just be careful not to overcook the bean.    Try to blend consistent to enrich your coffee. In the first few days after you roast your coffee, the beans will put off a lot of carbon dioxide. Store them in a valve-sealed bag (see below) or put them in an airtight container and open the container once a day for the first several days after roasting to release the built-up carbon dioxide.   This is one of the major reasons bags have release valves. The roasters who provide freshness store them in the bag right away to optimize their quality.

Freezing Coffee •Freezing is not good for coffee’s freshness because it causes some of the flavorful coffee oils to break down. Furthermore, if the packaging isn’t airtight, will begin to taste like the inside of your freezer or get that famous freezer burn. •If necessary, airtight foil or heat-sealed film bags of coffee may be stored for up to one month in the freezer.  This is provides some time but still not idea for that fresh cup. No matter what you do, do not return bags of coffee to the freezer once you’ve opened them, or your coffee will lose coffee flavor from repeated freezes/thaws and gain the flavor of your freezer.

Vacuum-Sealed & Valve-Sealed Coffees •Vacuum-sealed coffee is allowed to age before it is sealed. This is because coffee releases gas as it loses freshness and potentional causing the bad to pop. Vacuum-sealed coffee is intended for grocery store shelves and is not of the same caliber as fresh-roasted coffee.  Trust your taste and spend a little extra for the good stuff. Valve-sealed coffee allows gasses to escape from the coffee packaging, but doesn’t let any gasses in, so coffee can be packaged in it immediately after roasting. Valve-sealed coffee can be fresher than vacuum-sealed coffee, but fresh-ground coffee usually has the freshest flavor and you will find it in valve sealed coffee. Vacuum- and valve-sealed coffees are best within one to two weeks of opening and intended for you to buy another batch when finished.

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