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How Should I Store My Coffee?
You’ve stocked up on tons of coffee beans and just recently brewed up an insanely delicious cup. Now what? You must be wondering where or what is the best way to store your coffee beans in order to enjoy that fresh delicious coffee experience for as long as possible. Look no further! We have all the information you need for all you coffee aficionados looking to prolong the deliciousness of your coffee beans. Let’s start off with some basics.
Buy Fresh Coffee
There’s no need to question that freshly bought coffee is always best. Buying older coffee will not prolong its taste in comparison if it were fresh. There are many bags of coffee to choose from at a grocery store, but the easiest way to narrow down your search is to look for the expiration dates on the coffee bag. Look for a date that is as far out as possible. Most coffee bags in grocery stores will have a date, you don’t want to risk going home with a bag full of old coffee beans. Pro Tip: Buying coffee directly to your door can maximize the shelf life of your coffee. At Amora, the freshness of our coffee is what makes our coffee so delicious. We send the coffee direct to your door, minimizing time in transit to retail, and maximizing the shelf life of your coffee. We also use 8 oz bags so that you don’t have to open up too much at a time.
One Way Valves
Amora uses one-way degassing valves to allow us to capture the true bold flavors and aromas of the coffee right after roasting. For grounds, we grind as quickly as possible after roasting to keep fresh. These one way valves release the pressure of trapped air and gas while preventing outside air from entering the bag. This ensures your brewed cup is fresh every time!
How to Spot Fresh Coffee Beans
Fresh coffee beans are easy to spot if you know what to look for: Pro tip: look for a glossy appearance due to their oils still escaping from the beans. Contrary to most other products, seeing oil residue on your hands or in the bag is a good thing. Another indicator of fresh roasting is in the packaging. Freshly roasted beans emit gases, if the bag in which whole beans are stored is heat sealed and does not have a valve it means that the beans have stopped off-gassing. Look at your package of coffee, is it heat sealed requiring you to cut it open? Does it have a valve? If not, how long has it been since it was roasted and left to sit on the shelf?
1) The Coffee Bag Storage Method
One solution that’s readily available: opaque coffee bags equipped with a one-way valve. You may find coffee already conveniently stored in them in supermarkets and online at Amazon.com. This storage system allows for easy packing of freshly-roasted coffee while keeping as much carbon dioxide intact as possible to prevent oxidation. Plus, the one-way valve lets carbon dioxide escape as the coffee naturally degasses – rather than inflating the bag. When the time comes to store it till the next brew, don’t just close the bag: roll it tightly to remove as much air as possible from inside, then wrap an elastic band around it to keep it closed and reduce the amount of air that enters. Then keep the bag somewhere cool and dry – not in the refrigerator where moisture will condense around the grounds when you open the bag, and off aromas will permeate it.
2) The Coffee Container Storage Method
The National Coffee Association recommends that you should store your coffee beans in an airtight opaque container. There are specialty coffee storage canisters available on the market, and some of them are quite good. They’re all better than grinding a week’s worth of coffee and storing it in plastic bags, but the best ones are really superb, and can keep a month’s worth of coffee in as close to fresh-roasted condition as you can expect (assuming you take all other precautions, such as avoiding heat and moisture). As a part of our coffee subscription club, we provide free canisters to our customers early on that are airtight and stainless steel that comply with the National Coffee Association’s guidelines to use an airtight opaque container.
3) Buy the Right Amount
Coffee begins to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting. Try to buy smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee more frequently enough for one or two weeks. Exposure to air is bad for your beans. If you prefer to keep your beans in an accessible and/or attractive container, it may be a good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, with the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container. This is especially important when buying pre-ground coffee, because of the increased exposure to oxygen. If you buy whole beans, grind the amount you need immediately before brewing.
4) Freeze Your Beans?
Freshness is critical to a quality cup of coffee. Experts agree that coffee should be consumed as quickly as possible after it is roasted, especially once the original packaging seal has been broken. While there are different views on whether or not coffee should be frozen or refrigerated, the main consideration is that coffee absorbs moisture – and odors, and tastes – from the air around it, since it is hygroscopic (bonus vocabulary word for all the coffee geeks out there). Most home storage containers still let in small amounts of oxygen. Therefore, if you do refrigerate or freeze your beans, be sure to use a truly airtight container. If you choose to freeze your coffee, quickly remove as much as you need for no more than a week at a time, and return the rest to the freezer before any condensation forms on the frozen coffee. Additionally, freezing your beans will not affect the brewing process.
Wrapping it Up: How to Store Coffee Beans
Figuring out how to store your coffee beans to keep them fresh for as long as possible is not rocket science. However, buying the right quantity of coffee and storing it properly will go a long way towards giving you coffee that smells and tastes great.
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