A How-to Guide to the Best Way to Store Coffee

You love your morning coffee - But what you may not know is that you may be robbing yourself of flavor. We understand you already buy fresh coffee beans. We also understand that you grind your own and use the grounds immediately.

We are glad you do that. But did you now that improperly storing your coffee removes a lot of flavors from your coffee beans or pre-ground coffee? Correctly storing your coffee is part of the process of having a great cup of coffee every morning.

How To Store Coffee Properly

Our article this morning is designed to provide tips and information on how to store your coffee correctly.

Did you know that coffee has enemies? Whether it is whole bean or pre-ground, air, moisture, heat and light influence how your coffee will taste.

  • Air - will dry out the oils in your coffee beans and pre-ground coffee.
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    Moisture - speeds up the loss of favor of the coffee.
  • Heat - also speeds up this decline.
  • Light - brings heat and also, dries out the beans or coffee grounds

To get that fresh tasting cup of coffee every morning you need to help coffee in its battle against its enemies.

How About The Freezer

We understand you found a sale on coffee or coffee beans at your favorite store. You want to stock up and save money. That is fine, but the freezer or fridge might not be the best option.

The main danger of using the fridge or freezer is that coffee absorbs moisture (condensation). Not only that, it also absorbs odors and flavors from the food around it. If you want to take the risk, here is what you can do:

  • Only store unopened cans or packages of coffee in your freezer. The original packaging is designed to keep the enemies of coffee out.
  • If opened don’t just close the package and put it in the fridge or freezer. Place the grounds or beans in a true airtight container first. Then place the container in your fridge or freezer.
  • Don’t open and close the frozen coffee. The freeze/thaw process will bring moisture to your stored coffee.

The best before date for coffee is not extended if you freeze your favorite coffee.

What Is The Best Way To Store Coffee

Store Coffee in Coffee Storage Container

The container you use is the first step to correctly store your coffee beans or ground coffee. Here are a few tips for different containers:

  • Glass - needs to be stored in a cool, dark, dry location and be airtight.
  • Opaque glass - can be stored on the kitchen counter but away from moisture sources. Also, it should be airtight as well.
  • Stainless steel - Can be stored just about anywhere as long as it is airtight, keeps moisture and heat out.
  • Ceramic - anywhere as long as it stays cool and in a dry location. It too should be truly airtight.

The Best Way To Store Coffee Beans

The above is good advice for all coffee, whether pre-ground or whole bean. But some experts think that whole coffee beans need some extra loving care.

They suggest that the best place to store whole coffee beans is in an opaque jar. They claim that this method will preserve the freshness of the coffee been the longest of all options.

The key is to store the opaque jar in a cool, dark and dry location. A cabinet next to a strong heat source, for example, the stove, will not work. Nor will a spot on you or kitchen counter that gets a lot of sunshine

The Best Way To Store Ground Coffee

Using the right container is the first good step. The next good step is to only buy what you need. We know you want to save money and buy a lot of coffee on sale. But that is not always the best way to get a great tasting cup of coffee.

If you buy a lot, just follow the instructions above to help you store it correctly. The ideal is to only buy what you need for a week or two. Then go out and buy some more. You may have to make more trips to the supermarket, but isn’t a good cup of coffee worth the effort?

One Word Of Caution

After the coffee beans have been roasted, coffee starts to expel CO2. To help you correctly store your coffee, you should look for those canisters that have a CO2 valve. A one-way valve is best.

The escaping CO2 also takes with it some of the freshness and flavor of your coffee. Storing your coffee correctly will rectify this problem.

Why Coffee Beans & Ground Coffee Should Be Stored Properly

The answer to that question is simple. Proper storage of coffee beans and ground ensures that the health benefits of coffee are preserved. Not only do you want flavor and a great aroma, you also want the health benefits that coffee brings. Here are a few of those benefits.

  • Aids the immune system
  • Aids your thinking prowess
  • 1-2 cups a day helps protect your heart
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    Contributes to your longevity
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    Contributes to your body’s diabetes defense
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    Helps your fight against weight gain

These are only a few of the health benefits that drinking coffee brings. By preserving your coffee, the best way possible, you help yourself stay healthy, fit and clear-minded.

Final Words

Storing your coffee correctly is just another step in enjoying a great cup of coffee every day. You may think that it is not an important step. But it is. Achieving that great morning cup of coffee is a process that needs to be followed properly.

Buying the right beans or pre-ground coffee is just the first step in the process. Correctly preserving their flavor, their richness, their health benefits is the next step.

Whole coffee beans and pre-ground coffee are not immune from the deteriorating process that affects everyone in life. It needs help to stay strong, great tasting, great smelling and effective.

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