Samuel Taylor
by on December 14, 2019

Many of us buy a giant can of coffee, open it, stick a transparent lid on top and throw it in the freezer. What you may not know is that this is the worst way to store coffee.

If you are investing in the premium or gourmet coffee, you want it to last and continue to taste fresh. To do that, save it. Therefore, if you want to learn how to store coffee for better freshness results, read on.

Standard ground coffee storage

You should store your coffee in the form of whole grains. However, for those of us without grinders, there is still hope for ground coffee.

You do not want to store ground coffee in the refrigerator because it will pick up other flavors and be exposed to oxygen and water, both deadly elements for coffee flavor. So, the freezer is your best bet, although not the most ideal. Too much time in the freezer can break down the oils in your coffee, affecting its flavor, so try to keep the freezer time below two months.

To make sure your freezer coffee lasts, keep it wrapped to prevent it from coming into contact with water. You can put it in a Ziploc bag with the air sucked and sealed. Then, wrap it a few more times. Remember, even though the food is frozen, your coffee can still pick up flavors from other items in the freezer.

Store whole grain coffee

Storing coffee in the form of whole grains is the optimal method of storing coffee. The best scenario is to buy supplies for a few days after they have been roasted and grind each pot before preparing it.

If you need to keep coffee beans for a longer period (two or three weeks maximum), store it in an airtight, dark container at room temperature. When you store your coffee at room temperature, you want to minimize your exposure to water, oxygen, heat, sunlight and other flavors or odors.

Store green beans

Green or unroasted coffee beans should be kept in a stable environment, away from extreme temperatures, which can affect the taste of the grain. The humidity should be 50 to 55 percent and the stable temperature of 22 degrees Celsius or 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Green beans are stored in a paper or jute bag to allow them to "breathe." Under these conditions, they can keep coffee beans stored for up to two years.

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