How to Store Coffee the Proper Way at Home
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Important: How to Properly Store Coffee
So he finally got it, bought a well-designed whole-grain bag at his favorite third-wave coffee shop. You take them home, having carried the bag like a precious baby, and make yourself a cup, wondering if your taste buds can pick up the tasting notes printed on the packaging: black cherry, dark chocolate, caramel.
But when you pat yourself on the back, proud of your purchase and your taste buds, maybe more blackberries than black cherries? - your eyes fall on the open bag and you start to sweat, thinking about how to store your beans to keep them in their freshest and tastiest state.
To keep your best beans in tip-top shape and make the best coffee at home, there are three simple questions to ask and we have the answers.
Storing Whole vs. Pre-Ground Coffee Beans—Is There a Difference?
Experts agree that the best tasting cup of coffee is made from freshly ground beans. The more time that elapses between grinding and fermentation, the more likely the beans will start to oxidize, resulting in a batch that will taste less aromatic and full.
So if you love coffee and you like expensive beans, get in the habit of buying them whole and grinding them yourself before planning the brew.
Storing leftover whole grain couldn't be easier - the best container is usually the bag that the grain comes from. Foil-lined bags with a one-way valve help keep oxygen out but allow carbon dioxide to be flushed out of freshly roasted beans.
If your beans came in a paper bag or other packaging without a one-way valve, it's best to transfer them to a clean, dry, opaque, airtight container and store them in a cool place, out of direct sunlight.
If you prefer the convenience of pre-ground beans, they are best treated the same as whole beans packed in a paper bag: transfer to a clean, dry, opaque, airtight container and store in a cool, dark place.
It basically comes down to this: avoid contact with air, moisture, light, and heat, and your grains (ground or whole) can be considered properly stored.
How Long Do Coffee Beans Last?
If stored properly, whole coffee beans can last up to three months, but just because they're not rancid or rancid doesn't mean they're fresh.
For the liveliest cups with the fullest flavor, it is recommended to prepare your beans one to two weeks after opening the package. Pre-ground beans can be stored for about a week at room temperature.
Can I Freeze or Refrigerate Coffee Beans?
Coffee is hygroscopic (a fancy term used by the coffee industry instead of absorbent) and storing it in the refrigerator exposes it to odors and moisture, which change the taste of your coffee and cause it to lose freshness faster. To store coffee, the refrigerator is prohibited.
However, when it comes to freezing coffee beans, the answer is not so clear-cut. While most experts don't necessarily recommend freezing your coffee, they aren't against it either.
Freezing the beans can slow down the hardening process, but you shouldn't keep your daily coffee in the freezer. Freezing coffee, especially beans in their original packaging, closed with a one-way valve, is good, as they are kept at a stable temperature, away from sunlight, and can be degassed.
Keeping unopened packets of whole or ground beans in the freezer for later use is a thumbs up, but if you've been storing a container of your pre-ground coffee in the freezer and just taking what you need each morning, you may want to rethink your method as it is not ideal for keeping coffee going in and out of the freezer.
The Rule of Thumb for Buying and Storing Coffee
It's easy to get lost in the ritual of brewing a hot cup of coffee every morning, but don't get lost in all the storage questions - the best way to make the best beer is simply this: Buy just enough whole grains as you can.
Use within 2 weeks and keep in their original foil-lined one-way valve packaging (or opaque airtight container) in a cool, dark place. Freshly grind what you need, when you need it, and you're ready to go, whether your favorite coffee is served hot or over ice.
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Source: European Coffee Trip
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