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The best way to keep the freshness of ground coffee or whole beans is to properly store your coffee to preserve its flavor for your next cup of brew.
There is nothing like a delicious cup of coffee first thing in the morning to get your days started. That first cup of brew and its aroma is what I look forward to when I wake up. Here are some tips on how to store coffee beans to preserve its freshness.
Ground vs. Whole Beans
If you want a flavorful, delicious cup of coffee, beans are best. However, once you have the beans have been broken, the coffee oxidizes rather quickly. Therefore, it’s best to grind your beans right before you brew. Personally, grounds are not as fresh as beans but more for convenience. However, coffee made with grounds can still be delicious.
When coffee is being roasted, gases (mainly carbon dioxide) form inside the beans and need to escape. So the coffee you purchase at your local supermarket is designed with a valve to let the gas expel without letting air in the bag.
How to store coffee beans long term
Store coffee in a cool, dark place at room temperature. Coffee has a long shelf life as long it is stored properly. Once the bag’s seal has been broken on the coffee bag, keep the beans or grounds in an airtight container to preserve its freshness.
Best way to store coffee beans to keep them fresh
Coffee beans stored in a container on the counter can look beautiful; however, you may find that they will not keep fresh. Instead, use an airtight container to keep your beans from air & moisture. Preferably, a mason jar with the lid works wonders. Store your container in a dark location to keep it fresh.
How to store coffee beans after grinding
Coffee beans stored properly can stay fresh for up to a year, although your coffee’s quality will degrade over time.
Storing coffee beans in a mason jar
Mason jars are wonderful for storing your beans. With the airtight lid, your coffee will stay fresh. The goal is to keep moisture & air from your beans or grounds. Be sure to keep your clear jars in the dark location.
Should you keep ground coffee in the fridge or freezer?
In my opinion, coffee beans or grounds should never be stored in the fridge or freezer as the coffee will lose its flavor. In addition, the coffee beans will absorb any odors from your fridge or freezer if it’s not in an airtight container.
How to Tell If Coffee Is Bad or Spoiled
Once you grind beans, they start to lose their flavor because the oils begin to evaporate. If the coffee is bad, see if the grounds or beans color looks off or the aroma is off. If that is the case, then your cup of brew will not taste good.
Let me know if these tips help in the comments!
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