Here at Espresso Service we often get asked by customers what is the best way to store coffee beans or grounded coffee at home. Should they be put in the fridge? What is the best container for them? Can I freeze them? They’re just some of the common questions we get asked about the storage of coffee beans. In this blog post we will be talking you through the tips on the best ways to store your coffee beans.
The Fundamentals of Coffee Storage
Instead of diving straight into the deep end and talking about storing your coffee beans or ground coffee, here are some key factors that you need to understand about coffee. Coffee doesn’t like light, air, humidity and extreme temperatures. It’s important that you keep your coffee protected from those four factors if you want the freshest coffee in the morning.
It’s a good idea to look for coffee beans that are packaged in a sealed bag that features a freshness valve. Fresh roasted coffee releases CO2, if the beans are stored in a normal bag then too much carbon dioxide could be released, and the coffees’ freshness could deteriorate rapidly. The freshness valve feature lets CO2 out, but stops oxygen getting into the bag. This helps the beans remain fresh for a longer period.
Ground coffee is a harder product to keep fresh as it loses its quality much quicker than coffee. If you aren’t a big coffee drinker and you don’t have a cup every so often, we’d advise that you buy coffee in small volumes as it loses its freshness quickly. You could always invest in a coffee grinder and grind your coffee when needed for a high-quality cup.
Perfect Coffee Container?
The ideal storage for your coffee beans is in an airtight container. An example of a perfect container that will keep your coffee beans at their best is a stainless-steel container with a feature that seals the container airtight. You should store your stainless-steel container in a dry and cool place where there is little sunlight. Be aware that storing your coffee in a cupboard above the cooker could be a dangerous move since moisture can have a detrimental impact on the quality of coffee. The same goes for ground coffee, you should invest in an airtight container and placed in a cool, dry location. If you have purchased grounded coffee in bulk, it would be a smart move to freeze some of it in the airtight container and use it as you need.
Can you Freeze your Coffee Beans?
Coffee experts all agree that you should be consuming coffee as quickly as possible after the beans have been roasted, particularly if the original packaging has been opened. There are pros and cons of freezing your coffee beans, even coffee connoisseurs have differing opinions on the matter. The main thought is that coffee absorbs the moisture around itself, as it’s a hygroscopic. The most common home food storage container still lets in oxygen, that why it’s important that you invest in an airtight container. If you do decide to freeze your coffee, you need to swiftly get as much coffee you need a week at a time and put the rest back in the freezer. This is because condensation could form on the frozen coffee beans and destroy the taste. Freezing your coffee beans should not have an effect on the general brewing process.