Ever think if how you store your coffee might not be the best way to store it? Well, you're not the only coffee drinker who thinks that way. Lets take a look on some tips and tricks on how to keep your java fresh!
WHY IS COFFEE STORAGE SO IMPORTANT?
Once coffee is roasted and especially once its ground, it slowly starts losing its trapped CO2 & with it, the precious compounds that are responsible for its flavor nuances.
The longer you leave it, the staler it will become. That's why here at Cuppa Charity Coffee Co. we ship your coffee within 24 hours to ensure the freshest coffee for you!
However, coffee that’s only a few days ‘old’ could taste worse if it’s not stored properly. So it's best to not leave it out in the open.
Moisture, heat, light & air light speed up the degassing process. If you want to learn how to store coffee beans and grounds properly, you should always remember to protect your coffee from these four factors.
CAN I FREEZE COFFEE?
This is a popular question that we hear when it comes to storing coffee. Yes, technically you can freeze coffee, but we strongly recommend you dont.
Oxygen will still find its way in and you’ll end up with a build-up of moisture that will compromise the flavor of your beans.
The only instance in which you might freeze coffee (beans or grounds) is if you’ve bought too much and it’ would take you months to go through it.
In that case, the best option is to place it in an airtight container or, even better, to vacuum bag it. Either way, take out only the quantity that you need every single time and never, ever refreeze your thawed coffee
CAN YOU KEEP COFFEE IN THE FRIDGE?
Let’s be clear: you can keep coffee in the fridge just because it’d take us too long to run to your house and throw it out, but you really shouldn’t.
Every time you open your fridge door you’ll cause a temperature change that will lead to a dangerous buildup of moisture.
Plus, since coffee is a deodorizer, it will also absorb your food smells. Yuck!
SO, WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO STORE COFFEE BEANS & GROUNDS?
The best way to store coffee beans or grounds is in an opaque & airtight container kept away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture.
Choose coffee storage solutions in materials that don’t impact its precious flavors (for example, ceramic, non-reactive metal, or glass). Unfortunately, plastic can absorb odors overtime.
As for the location of your canisters or jars, cabinets or pantries are the safest choice, especially if you’ve opted for glass.
Alternatively, you can keep opaque options on your countertops, as long as they’re away from direct sunlight.
Finally, here’s a thing that we easily forget about: heat. Precisely? Your oven. If your cabinet is too close to them, your coffee won’t be as safe from the heat.