How to Store Coffee

How To Store Coffee

Airtight and Cool

Storage is integral to maintaining your coffee’s freshness and flavour.  It is important to keep it away from excessive air, moisture, heat and light in order to preserve its fresh-roast flavour as al long as possible.  Although coffee beans can add to your decor you will compromise the taste of your coffee if you store your beans in ornamental glass canisters on your kitchen countertop.  Doing so will cause them to become stale and your coffee will quickly lose its fresh flavour.

Storing Your Daily Coffee

It is important not to refrigerate or freeze your daily supply of coffee because contact with moisture will cause it to deteriorate.  Instead, store coffee in air-tight glass or ceramic containers and keep it in a convenient, but dark and cool, location.  Remember that a cabinet near the oven is often too warm, as is a cabinet on an outside wall of your kitchen if it receives heat from a strong afternoon or summer sun.  The commercial coffee containers that you purchased your coffee in are generally not appropriate for long-term storage. Appropriate coffee storage canisters with an airtight seal are a worthwhile investment.

Buy Right

It is wise to purchase coffee in amounts proportionate to how quickly it will be used.  Coffee begins to lose its freshness almost immediately after roasting so it is far better to purchase it in smaller quantities.  Purchase freshly roasted coffee frequently and buy only what you will use in the next 1 or 2 weeks.  Because exposure to air is your coffee’s worst enemy, it is a good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, keeping the larger unused portion in an air-tight container.

Storing Larger Quantities of Coffee

If you’ve purchased a large quantity of coffee that you will not use immediately, small portions, wrapped in airtight bags, can be stored for up to a month in the freezer.  Once you have removed them from the freezer, however, do not return them, move them to an air-tight container and store in a cool dry place.

( Information contained in this write-up was obtained from the National Coffee Association of USA)

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