How to store Coffee to keep it fresh?
How do you store coffee grounds or whole coffee beans?
In a nutshell, coffee tastes the best when the beans or grounds are fresh. Once coffee beans are roasted, they start to lose their freshness.
Store coffee beans from air, moisture, heat, and light.
Keep coffee beans or grounds fresh by keeping them away from air, moisture, heat, and light. This will keep coffee beans or grounds fresh and their flavor strong and robust.
The best place to store coffee is an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. This keeps coffee beans or grounds safe from air, moisture, heat, and light.
Airtight container to prevent water and air damage to coffee
Once the coffee packaging is opened, try to use an airtight container to keep the coffee beans instead. This reduces exposure of air or moisture to the beans. Try to minimize the air space inside the container to reduce the amount of oxygen inside. If you buy a big pack of beans, keep most of it in an airtight canister and only take some out occasionally to keep in an accessible container for your daily brew.
Keep beans away from light and heat
As roasted coffee beans look beautiful, it can be tempting to place them in clear containers like Starbucks display them in store. Avoid that as light may damage coffee’s freshness and tastes.
Make sure your airtight container is kept in dark and cool location. Do not place near a window where there is sunlight or kitchen equipment that generates heat.
If you open your container often to get your daily brew, you may like to divide your fresh beans into several small portions, with the large, unused portion in an airtight container, and a small portion in your daily, accessible container.
Can you freeze whole coffee beans? How to store coffee in freezer?
Yes, but try not to. You can freeze coffee if you seal it in an airtight container. It is better to freeze it immediately after roasting. We do try to avoid freezing, it is better to maintain the flavor and freshness by keeping whole beans fresh in room temperature instead.
As coffee beans are porous, they may absorb odors and flavor from other food. Storing them in a refrigerator or freezer with other food means it is exposed to other food. This may spoil the coffee flavor.
Coffee beans absorb moisture in the air too. If your container is not airtight, it can absorb the moisture from the freezer or refrigerator’s air. The same rules apply whether you keep your coffee grounds or beans in the freezer, refrigerator or shelves:- do not open the container frequently.
Freezing coffee for a long period may also trigger freezer burn on the coffee oils. When the coffee oil is damaged, the beans lose flavor.
Freeze coffee only if you have to.
Try not to store your coffee in the freezer or refrigerator, unless it is for long-term storage because you have too much coffee beans. Our next best advice then is to buy only enough coffee beans that you need for 2 – 4 weeks.
If you have to freeze, keep inside an airtight container and freeze it only once. Repetitive freeze damages the oil and your flavor.
Does your coffee ships in degassing valve retail packaging?
Degassing valve is an outlet in your coffee beans retail pack, that allows gas from the coffee beans to escape, while not allowing fresh oxygen to enter the pack. This allows your coffee bean to stay fresh from the retailer to you.
Why one-way degassing valve is important for your coffee?
When you roast your coffee beans, the beans release oil, aroma, volatile and non-volatile gases. There is a large amount of carbon dioxide being released. The beans will continue to emit gases for sometime after the roasting process, and if the packaging does not allow the release of gas, the coffee pack may swell and burst.
However, ordinary packaging with an air outlet is not sufficient. We want to reduce oxygen in contact with the coffee, so as to reduce the oxidation that rrendersyour coffee beans “not fresh”. Hence a one-way degassing valve is the best, it allows carbon dioxide to escape from the coffee beans, and prevent fresh oxygen coming in.