I don’t know how it is for you, but I have always wondered how I should really store my coffee properly. As I’m not one for run of the mill “plain-vanilla” supermarket or instant varieties of coffee, this is pretty important to me. I buy my coffee directly from my local trusted Italian café, perhaps not as good as getting it direct from a torrefazione but pretty darn close, this stuffs good and so I want to make sure it keeps its aroma and tastes just as good at home as it does in this café.
Yes, the enemies of coffee are oxygen, odors, heat, moisture and light. So generally speaking, the coffee must be protected from these elements. Coffee storage. Here are a following tips that help:
LEAVE THE BEAN WHOLE. Each bean protects the flavor, so if possible and time allows, keep the beans whole until you are actually ready to drink a coffee. At that point, use a coffee grinder and brew immediately.
THE RIGHT PACKAGING. Coffee beans should be stored in a dark, dry and cool place. This is best done if you can leave the coffee beans in their original packaging—as long as it can be re-sealed. The process of decanting it results a loss of flavor, so if the packaging cannot be re-sealed then it best to store the entire package in a crock pot. This will keep it safe from moisture and away from light.
STORE COFFEE IN THE REFRIDGERATOR. You may think that cool storage means that keeping coffee in the refrigerator is a good idea. Think again. Anyone who pokes their nose in the fridge can confess that there are often a number of strong odors. From cheese to sausage and everything in between. Likewise, it’s often too damp. Plus, who wants to drink a cup of coffee with cheese flavor? So search for a cold spot somewhere else.
CONSUME COFFEE QUICKLY. This is something every coffee seller is pleased about. For the absolutely best taste, coffee shouldn’t be stored for longer than one week. Fresh coffee tastes best, right? So drink a lot, or buy larger quantities and freeze what you don’t immediately need. Even the vacuum sealed packages of coffee can be frozen. And of course this one applies again, coffee shouldn’t be stored with other odors in the same compartment. To make extra sure, freeze your package of coffee in a freezer bag. When you are ready to thaw the coffee, just make sure that the package remains sealed to avoid condensation forming when it comes in contact with air.
Now all the wiser…I wish you just as much enjoyment drinking your coffee as much as I do mine. :)