Back to Basics: Coffee Storage Yes and No’s

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.

Kick back with a cup and sip on these coffee storage yes and no’s.

YES- Where to put those precious beans

– Place beans in an airtight glass or ceramic container away from light, heat, and moisture.

– Purchase whole beans (from this cool place called Bean Box possibly…) and look for the roasting date on the package.

– Keep beans on a pantry shelf (again, away from light, heat, and moisture).

– Store whole beans, and grind the amount you need right before brewing.

– Plan your coffee purchasing wisely–Buy only what you will use for 1-2 weeks.
Coffee loses its fresh taste quickly, so buying it in smaller sizes prevents you from having an overage of bad beans.

NO’S— Where coffee flavor goes to die

– Freezer: When you put coffee in the freezer, the change in temperature creates moisture inside of the bean container causing the beans to lose their oils, which in turn takes away their smell and taste.

– Refrigerator: Coffee takes on the flavor of whatever else is in your refrigerator. No one likes when their coffee tastes like mayonnaise. It also collects moisture the same way as putting it in the freezer. So that’s a no.

– Glass containers on countertops (unless they are for decoration only). Your beans need to be away from light and heat. Trust us here.

– Near the oven: Too hot!

– Cabinets that get a lot of sun action.

– Loosely closed bag the coffee came in. You don’t want the air sneaking in and sucking your beans dry. This isn’t Dracula people.

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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