To make the perfect cup of coffee, start with high-quality beans that are properly stored to retain freshness and flavor. The sections that follow detail the best ways for keeping coffee beans.
Keep beans cool and sealed
Air, moisture, heat, and light are your beans’ worst enemies.
To keep your beans’ fresh roasted flavor as long as possible, store them at room temperature in an opaque, airtight container. Coffee beans can be lovely, but avoid clear canisters, which enable light to interfere with the flavor of your coffee.
Keep your beans in a cold, dark place. A cabinet near the oven is frequently overheated, as is a place on the kitchen counter that receives direct afternoon sunlight. Coffee’s retail packaging is not usually suitable for long-term storage. Invest in sealed storage jars if possible.
Purchase the appropriate quantity
Almost immediately after roasting, coffee begins to lose freshness. Purchase smaller amounts of freshly roasted coffee on a more regular basis – enough for one or two weeks.
Air exposure is harmful to your beans. If you want to keep your beans in an accessible and/or appealing container, divide your coffee supply into numerous smaller parts, with the larger, unused amount stored in an airtight container.
Because of the increased exposure to oxygen, this is especially crucial when purchasing pre-ground coffee. If you buy whole beans, grind only what you need right before brewing. For further information, please see our roasting guide.
Do you freeze your beans?
Freshness is essential for a good cup of coffee. Coffee should be consumed as soon as possible after it has been roasted, especially if the original packing seal has been broken, according to experts.
While opinions disagree on whether coffee should be frozen or refrigerated, the key consideration is that coffee collects moisture – as well as aromas and flavors – from the air around it due to its hygroscopic nature (bonus vocabulary word for all the coffee geeks out there).
Most home storage containers still allow small amounts of oxygen in, which is why food stored in the freezer for an extended period of time might suffer from freezer burn. As a result, if you do refrigerate or freeze your beans, utilize an airtight container.
If you prefer to freeze your coffee, take only what you need for no more than a week at a time and return the remainder to the freezer before any condensation forms on the frozen coffee.The main brewing procedure is unaffected by freezing your beans.