Whether you picked them up at a specialty coffee shop or ordered them online, you want the bag of aromatic coffee beans to stay fresh. Thus, you need to properly store it.
Good coffee beans, when stored correctly, make better-tasting and rich coffee— and that is something you want, right?
Here are some coffee storage tips to ensure just that!
- Airtight Containers
If the coffee beans come in a one-way, sealed valve, foil bag with a pinhole, then just ignore this one. Those bags will keep your coffee fresh for 1 – 2 weeks so you can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee for longer.
Now, if the organic coffee bean (click this) comes in a paper bag, then you need to move them to an airtight, opaque coffee canister immediately.
If you have freshly roasted beans, do not tighten the lid. This is because the beans will be releasing carbon dioxide and you do not want to burst or warp the container with gas buildup.
- Dark, Dry and Cool
Treat coffee beans like an expensive bottle of wine. Both of them hate light. We are not suggesting that you build your own coffee cellar, but just store it in a dark, dry, and cool environment.
A cabinet or pantry far away from your stove is the best place to store the beans. And although the cabinet closest to your coffee setup may seem like a great place, you want to make sure that the beans are far away from humidity that occurs when boiling water for your brew.
- No Freezer and Fridge
Ahh. The great fridge and freezer. They are truly a life-saver when it comes to prolonging meats and other food products.
Not for coffee, though.
Not only are they unable to maintain the freshness of coffee beans, but they can also ruin the flavor and aroma.
For once, the cell structure of coffee is porous. And that is what makes it so great at absorbing aromatics when roasting. However, that is also what makes your coffee smell and taste like chopped onions or whatever pungent foods you might be hiding in your fridge.
The main issue, however, is moisture. The coffee bean can condensate in that damp and cold environment, pushing all those flavorful oils to the surface. So, not only does the coffee ages more quickly and become stale, but they are also at risk of freezer burn.
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