Keeping coffee fresh seems to be a popular topic when purchasing artisan, fresh roasted coffee. There are so many wonderful micro coffee roasters around the world...and when you travel you want to take some of that coffee home. Or...you order coffee online (like Johnny Lolita's Coffee wink wink smiley face) So...how do you keep it fresh? Should I put it in the refrigerator? Freezer? Here are some quick tips on keeping those precious beans fresh.
Tip #1 Purchase fresh roasted coffee as you need or drink. Purchase what you'll need for the next 2-4 weeks....you can go slightly longer. Look and see how much coffee you go through on a weekly basis and order based on that. I've enjoyed coffee beans that were two months old and when I grind...the coffee tastes perfect.
Tip #2 Order and keep them whole bean until you're ready to have some coffee. Grind what you need to make your coffee at that moment. Why?.... Because ground coffee freshness is days verses weeks. We grind our coffee every time we are ready to have a cup. Even if we have it twice a day..... we grind as we need it. It really doesn't take that much time to grind coffee so take a few moments and grind your fresh beans.
Tip #3 Air, moisture and heat are NOT good for your coffee beans. In that order! So it is NOT good to refrigerate or freeze your daily supply of coffee. Moisture will begin to develop and break down your bean. Putting your coffee in the refrigerator can absorb foods that are in there. Do you want your cup to taste like last night's red enchiladas? Don't do it!
However, If you've purchased a large amount of coffee, you can take a portion and place it in a resealable bag and freeze. However, when you are ready to use, pull it out but do not refreeze. You can freeze one time but trying to freeze again... you will start to build moisture which will break down and ruin the beans. Only freeze whole beans not ground. Ground coffee begins loosing it's essence quickly and freezing in ground form is never recommended.
Tip #4 The easiest and best option to store your coffee is in a cupboard. A cool, dry and dark place. So stay away from the cupboards that are near the stove or on a wall that gets the direct sun from outside.
Excessive air is one of the biggest "spoilers" of coffee. It's what can bring your beans to "staleness" quickly. We offer a great product for your beans. It's a Coffee Vac canister. These canisters work the same way as the one way degassing valves that we use when packaging your beans. Letting out the gases without allowing oxygen in. It's easy to use and helps maintain coffee freshness from your first cup to your last!
We do have these canisters available for purchase online. However, you can find these and other types of coffee containers on Amazon. Be sure to check out kitchen style stores, Target or Specialty stores as well.
Remember... Keep them in a cool, dark place...even in the bag they came in will work. If you're like me....coffee goes quickly in your household.