The Best Way to Store Coffee
If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you’ve probably noticed by now that the taste of your coffee can change over time. While coffee’s flavor depends on several things (light roast vs. dark roast, ground fresh, or pre-ground), it will always go stale if left long enough. From the moment you buy the coffee to the last few beans in the bag, your coffee can go stale and lose some of its flavors.
It happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t have to! Properly storing your coffee can extend its shelf life and preserve the taste of your cup of coffee in the morning. We’ll teach you how to keep coffee fresh, whether it’s pre-ground or freshly roasted so that you can keep your favorite brew around for longer.
Beans vs. Grounds
However, before we get started, we should go over the two main ways coffee is stored; as whole beans and as coffee grounds. Both methods have their pros and cons, but they can also affect how quickly your coffee goes stale. In the end, it comes down to what you're looking for in your coffee; taste or convenience.
If you’re looking for the best tasting brew you can make, stick with whole bean coffee instead of pre-ground. Keeping the beans whole exposes them to less air, which helps the coffee stay fresh for a longer period of time.
For best results, grind your coffee right before you brew it!
If you need your coffee to be quick and easy but still tastier than the cheap coffee shop down the street, then you should go for pre-ground coffee. Though it may go stale a bit faster than a bag of beans, pre-ground coffee takes much less time to brew in the morning and can still give you a great cup of coffee.
If you choose to buy pre-ground coffee, try to buy it as fresh-roasted as possible to help it last as long as possible.
How to Store Coffee Beans
In our opinion, if you can buy your coffee beans whole, you should. Fresh coffee beans are central to a fantastic cup of coffee and can provide a taste that’s unmatched by any ground coffee.
The absolute best way to store coffee beans is in a coffee jar! Though it might look aesthetically appealing to show off your coffee in a mason jar, you should avoid any jar with see-through glass. Coffee hates heat and light, so you should opt for an opaque, light-proof jar.
Coffee jars are super convenient and can still be great decorative pieces on your kitchen counter. If you’re looking for the right kind of jar, start with Amora’s airtight coffee canister!
Vacuum Sealed Bag
If a jar isn’t an option for you, the next best thing for your roasted coffee beans can be a vacuum-sealed bag. Vacuum sealing is a good option when you want to save your coffee beans for a much later date. If you have a big batch of beans but don’t want to store it all, try vacuum sealing a few small batches that can be opened and ground later, as needed.
As long as the bags remain air-tight, the coffee will stay fresh.
If you’re in a pinch, most original coffee bags can keep your beans fresh, although we would recommend the first two methods if possible. Coffee roasters have begun to design better coffee bags for their product, to maximize freshness, but once the bag is opened, the beans start to become stale.
If you plan to use the original packaging, try to find resealable coffee bags to extend their shelf life. Amora makes sure all our coffee is shipped in foil-lined bags to preserve the flavor for as long as possible.
How to Store Ground Coffee
Ground coffee can be much easier to deal with than whole beans at times, but it is even more of a race against time when it comes to storing ground coffee. When coffee is ground, more of the coffee is exposed to air, making it go stale at a much faster rate.
You can use any of the methods above to store your ground coffee, but there is one other coffee storage option you might want to consider for your coffee grounds:
This final storage method can arguably be the best way to store ground coffee; if done correctly. Coffee specialists have argued long and hard over whether putting coffee in the freezer is a good idea or not. Coffee reacts to humidity, as well as heat and light. If it’s not in an airtight container, freezer coffee can absorb some of the tastes of the food around it. On the other hand, batches of coffee that have been appropriately frozen can stay fresh longer than if they were sitting out.
If you choose to try this method, make sure you find a genuinely airtight container that can store your grounds in the freezer. When you make your coffee in the morning, quickly pull out the grounds that you need, and return the rest of the container to the freezer as soon as possible. Doing this prevents your coffee from exposure to the air and stops condensation from forming in the container.
Allow the coffee you removed to come to room temperature before brewing your cup. Though it might take a few extra steps to get to your cup of coffee, the freezer can be your friend if you know what to do.
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