Nothing beats a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, or anytime in the day for that matter, but in order to make a good brew, you must first start with fresh ground coffee or fresh whole roasted coffee beans.
The quality of the oils and flavors that make your cup of coffee taste oh so yummy can diminish over time if the grounds or beans are not properly stored. So here are the basic steps to storing your coffee at home, so your grounds and beans will always deliver the best, most flavorful cup of coffee. The steps are applicable to all, that is beans, ground coffee or the instant ones.
Step 1 – Seal in an airtight container
First place the coffee in an opaque airtight canister. This will keep moisture in the atmosphere from entering the beans or grounds and distorting the flavor of your coffee.
If you do not have such a canister, alternatively, close the top of the bag the coffee came in with a tight rubber band, then place that bag into a Ziploc bag, squeeze the air out of the Ziploc bag, and then close the seal.
Step 2 – Put away in a cool, dark, dry place
Place the canister, or Ziploc bag on a shelf in your pantry or any dark, cool, dry place where the coffee will not be exposed to light, heat, or moisture.
Whenever you’re itching for a fresh cup of joe, simply retrieve your stored coffee grounds or beans and brew using your preferred method. Place the unused coffee back into the storage container and return to the cool, dark, dry place until the next time you need it.
Stored like this, your ground coffee will stay fresh for 3 to 5 months, while the whole coffee beans can last for up to 6 months.
LONG TERM STORAGE
If you have beans that you will not be using for a few weeks, then it’s okay to freeze those in a tightly sealed Ziploc bag, so long as you do not remove them until you are ready for immediate use. Removing and replacing the frozen beans will cause the temperature in the bag to fluctuate and introduce moisture that will warp the flavor of the coffee. So keep them frozen for up to a month, and once removed, set aside to thaw, then grind and brew the coffee within 2 weeks to retain optimum flavor.
Now you know how to safely store your coffee, so you can always have fresh, flavorful coffee whenever you need it! Feel free to leave your comments below and tell us how these methods worked for you, or share any other storage strategies you might use.