How to Store Coffee Beans Correctly? (Roasted, Raw, And Ground)
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 keep their beans FRESH. The problem is that in most cases there isn’t any solid research to back up their claims.
In fact, some coffee geeks argue that by storing your coffee beans in the fridge or even freezing the beans will allow you to keep your coffee fresher for longer. While other coffee blogs say that storing your whole coffee beans in this fashion will only make them deteriorate much faster AND some people say that storing your coffee in an airtight container is ALL you need to do.
Don’t worry, in this article I’m going 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.
How to Store Different Types of Coffee Beans?
I have experimented with many of the traditional ways to store coffee beans, and the below methods are the BEST methods to store different types of whole coffee beans that WILL keep your coffee fresher for longer!
In fact, I've never had any problems with my coffee going bad!
Roasted Coffee Beans
If you're like me and generally buy your coffee beans pre-roasted, then keeping them fresh isn’t difficult. Forget about all of these fancy AND 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 in an airtight container. Trust me, nothing fancy is needed so save your money.
Raw Coffee Beans
When it comes to storing raw coffee beans, the process is ALSO super-easy, so forget about all of the hearsay from so called coffee geeks about placing raw beans in a brown paper bag at the stroke of midnight along with a sprinkling of fairy dust.
Joking aside, all that is needed to keep your raw coffee beans fresh is to place them in 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, just 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.
If you must buy pre-ground coffee, I recommend buying smaller tubs or packets of coffee, why? Because once you've broken the seal on the coffee package 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 is losing its freshness fast is that there is far more surface area exposed to the surrounding air also because the coffee has been ground it now has NO protective outer coating to lock in the coffee goodness!
The best way to store ground coffee is by simply keeping it away from the air as much as possible. When coffee is stored in a dark and dry place at room temperature, it will then stay fresh for around two weeks.
If you've 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 FULLY keep the air out with those metal wires they seem to add to the top of the coffee bags.
Make sure you check out THIS article for some handpicked best coffee storage containers if you are looking to buy a good quality airtight storage canister to keep your whole beans fresher for longer.
Storing Coffee the Do's and Don't
Storing coffee isn’t rocket science, as long as you're storing the beans in a dark and dry place in an airtight container you really shouldn’t have any problems keeping your coffee fresh.
Still unsure? Below is a quick checklist to summarize the best ways to store coffee at home.
- Try and buy beans, not pre-ground coffee as it will keep fresher for MUCH longer.
- Always try and find a dark, dry place to store your coffee (back of kitchen cupboard is PERFECT!).
- Divide your coffee into smaller batches and then store.
- Don’t over expose your fresh coffee to excessive heat or moisture.
- Don’t store your coffee for too long, up to 4 weeks should really be the limit anything past that and you'll be drinking a bitter cup!
- Don’t refrigerate your coffee even though other coffee geeks will tell you otherwise. It doesn't work! Keep reading to find out why.
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. Simply put, 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. (YUK!)
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. 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. Once you take them out, use them don't refreeze!
If you have large amounts of coffee, I recommend separating your beans into smaller batches and then 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.
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