Coffee Storage - The Best Way
Storing your coffee in the right conditions is super important!
It can help prevent your coffee from going stale and losing its oh so important flavours and aromas which get locked into each bean.
We did a post on twitter a while ago to see what people did to store their coffee.... this was the result!
Firstly you should always try to store coffee in an airtight bag or container.
Oxygen + Coffee = Bad News
This will help stop the oxygen staling the beans, just how iron is oxidized to form rust. Stale coffee is what you get when roasted beans or coffee grounds have been oxidised from exposure to oxygen.
Secondly, you want to make sure you keep your coffee in a dark place with cooler temperatures.
The light rapidly increases the staling of coffee, especially the sun and UV light, so definitely don't leave it on your windowsill to go bad!
Tucked away in a cupboard provides darkness and cooler temperatures for your grounds to stay fresher for longer.
Although many people do it, it is not a good idea to put coffee in the refrigerator or the freezer.
Not only can you end up with cross-contamination from other items in the fridge, nobody wants a parsnip and onion smelling coffee!
But you also refrigeration and freezing can affect the moisture content within a coffee bean which can have an impact upon flavour.
Finally, make sure you keep your coffee dry.
You want to avoid humid or moist places as again this will increase the stalling speed of the coffee.
If possible try and keep your coffee stored in the full bean form and only grind when you need it.
Once you grind coffee it goes stale a lot quicker as more surface area is exposed to moisture, light and oxygen.
Got that? Airtight, no direct sun, whole bean form the best.