How to Store Coffee Beans?
When it comes to the best way to store coffee beans every man and his dog seems to have a theory about the correct way to store roasted coffee beans. The problem is that in most cases there isn’t any solid research to back up their claims.
Some coffee geeks claim that by storing your coffee beans in the fridge or freezing will allow you to keep your beans fresher for longer while others say that storing your beans in this fashion will only make them deteriorate much faster, some people say that simply storing your coffee in an airtight container is all you need to do.
Confused? Don’t worry in this article I’m hoping to shed some light on how to store coffee beans correctly as well as debunking some of the old wives’ tales on how to keep your coffee fresher for longer. As always I’m always happy to read your comments, ideas, and suggestion so don’t be scared to leave a comment below. Right shall we dive in?
How to Store Different Types of Coffee Beans?
The below is just my personal recommendation on how to store your coffee beans correctly, this is how I do it and I have never had any problems with my coffee going bad.
If you are like me and generally buy your coffee beans pre-roasted, then keeping them fresh isn’t difficult. Forget about all of these fancy expensive specialized coffee storage containers all you need is any airtight container or vacuum sealed jar. Anything that has some sort of vacuum seal is going to be just perfect for keeping your roasted coffee beans fresh.
In fact, I have found that roasted coffee beans will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks by simply storing them inside an airtight container. Trust me, nothing fancy is needed so save your money.
When it comes to storing raw coffee beans the process is really super-easy, so forget about all of the hearsay from so called coffee geeks about placing raw beans in a dark cupboard at the stroke of midnight along with a sprinkling of fairy dust.
All that is needed to keep your raw coffee beans fresh is to place them into a dark location (ideally at the back of a cupboard) in a paper bag or even in an air-tight container at room temperature – and that’s it, seriously!
Ground coffee is the staple in many houses, purchased pre-ground all that is needed is to add a few scoops to your coffee maker and you’re all set. As convenient as ground coffee is it will never taste as fresh as when you grind your own and then brew straight away.
I recommend buying smaller tubs or packets of coffee, why? Because one you have broken the seal on the packet or tub of coffee the clock is then ticking and the freshness will decline over a couple of days or even hours depending on exactly how you store it. The reason why ground coffee losing its freshness fast is because there is far more surface area exposed because it is ground and had no protective coating.
The best way to store ground coffee is by simply keeping it away from the air as much as possible, stored in a dark and dry place at room temperature, it will then keep fresh for around two weeks. If you have purchased coffee in a tub like Folgers, then just make sure the lid is tightly closed. If you bought coffee inside of a bag, I recommend removing it and placing it inside of an airtight jar or container. I have found that it will keep fresh for a lot longer when I do this, you can never keep the air out with those metal wires they seem to add to the tops of the bag openings.
Storing Coffee, the Do and Don’t
As you can see storing coffee isn’t rocket science, as long as where you are storing the beans in a dark and dry place in an airtight container you really shouldn’t have any problems keeping your coffee fresh. Below is a quick checklist to summarize the best ways to store coffee at home.
✓ Do try and buy beans, not grounds as it will keep fresher for longer.
✓ Do try and find a dark dry place to store your coffee.
✓ Do divide your coffee into smaller portions and then store.
✗ Don’t expose your fresh coffee to heat or moisture.
✗ Don’t store your coffee for too long, up to 4 weeks should really be the limit.
✗ Don’t refrigerate your coffee even though coffee geeks will tell you otherwise.
Should You Keep Coffee in The Fridge?
You’ve probably heard that storing your fresh coffee beans in the fridge will help to prolong the life and keep your coffee fresher for longer. To be honest I find the complete opposite to be true, here’s why.
Storing your coffee beans in the fridge is going to create too much moisture in the tub or package. Moisture is one of coffees biggest enemies and if you want to keep your coffee tasting great don’t use the fridge. The constant removing and placing back into the cold environment only causes temperature fluctuations which in-turn causes condensation. This condensation can lead to mold and spores growing on your coffee.
So to summarize: Don’t keep your coffee in the fridge.
Can Freezing Coffee Beans Keep Them Fresh?
There really isn’t a right and wrong answer here, freezing coffee beans has both its pros and cons. As far as I am concerned freezing coffee beans (NOT ground coffee) for up to a month is perfectly fine as long as you do not take them out during that period.
If you have large amounts of coffee I recommend separating into smaller batches and freeze separately in airtight bags or containers. When you decide to remove the frozen coffee beans simply put them on a shelf to thaw naturally. Once thawed they should keep fresh for around 2 weeks in an airtight container or jar.