03 September 2008

Even if you have the best coffee beans to make coffe and using the most advanced coffee brewing equipment still will not get the best cup of coffee. Why? Possible you not treat the beans correctly.

There are many factor influence the freshness of roasted coffee. Natur enemies are light, heat and moisture. Storing coffee away from them will keep it fresher longer. Therefore, an airtight container stored in a cool, dry, dark place is the best environment for coffee.Although your freezer is dark and cool, it is really not a good place to store your coffee.

You May Wondering, Why?!

Coffee is Porous.

  • Coffee can absorb flavors and moisture from freezer.
  • The absorbed moisture will deteriorate the natural goodness of coffee and the coffee beans will taste like the freezer.
  • The coffee roasting process causes the beans to release their oils and essences in order to give the coffee its distinct flavor. The process of freezing will break down these oils and destroy the natural coffee flavor. Avoid using freezer!

Fresh roasted coffee will remain fresh for approximately 2 weeks. If you have more than you can use in 2weeks period you can freeze your coffee. But, you should follow these steps:

  • Apply the Freeze Once Rule.
    What this means is that once you take the beans out of the freezer, they should never go back in. The constant changes in temperature will wreak havoc on the coffee. The frozen moisture on the coffee will melt and be absorbed into the bean, destroying the coffee oils and allowing absorption of unwanted flavors. When you put it back into the freezer, you are repeating the process and destroying your coffee.

  • Keep moisture out!
    If you have a five-pound bag of coffee to store, divide it up into weekly portions. Wrap those portions up using freezer bags and plastic wrap. If possible, suck out the excess air from the freezer bag using a straw or a vacuum sealer. Remove the weekly portion when you need it, and store it in an airtight container in a dry place like your pantry. Do not put it back into the freezer!

So when is it best to Refrigerate Coffee? Simply put, Never! The fridge is one of the absolute worst places to put coffee, for the same reasons as not freezing your coffee.

Here’s review for storing coffee :

  1. Buy fresh roasted, whole bean coffee directly from a coffee roaster if possible
  2. Look for valve-sealed bags, not vacuum-sealed
  3. Store your coffee beans in a sealed container in a dark place
  4. Grind your beans just before brewing

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