Back to Basics: How to Store Coffee Beans
Learning how to store your coffee is key to keeping your coffee fresh and tasty. A quick primer on how to store your beans.
Learning how to store your coffee is critical to keeping your beans fresh. Why is that important? Put simply, when beans aren't fresh, they spoil, and that's when your coffee will start to taste bitter.
YES - Where to keep those precious beans
- Keep in an airtight glass or ceramic container away from light, heat, and moisture.
- Always buy whole bean coffee, and make sure to look for the roasting date (not an expiration date) on the package.
- Only grind immediately prior to brewing.
- Buy only what you will use for 1-2 weeks. Buying in smaller batches prevents you from having an overage of spoiling beans.
NO - Where coffee flavor goes to die
- The freezer: when you put coffee in the freezer, the change in temperature can create condensation inside of the container, causing the beans to spoil (oxidize)
- The refrigerator: coffee takes on the flavor of whatever else is in your refrigerator, and that is a sure fire way to ruin the taste of your morning brew. It also collects moisture the same as putting it in the freezer.
- Glass containers on countertops or near stoves or ovens. Your beans need to be away from light and heat.
- In a loosely closed bag; you don’t want air sneaking in.
Wherever you store your beans, just make sure you treat them with care, and you're morning self will thank you!
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