How To Properly Store Coffee

Storing your coffee is one of the most important things to do when you want to make your own coffee and make use of the coffee maker. It is important because like most organic products, coffee’s shelf life can be increased by storing it properly. Also, proper storage of coffee helps preserve the flavor. Below is a few tips to help you store and enjoy your coffee at times when you just want to sit down, relax and unwind with a person close to your heart or whenever you feel like having a cup of Joe.

Coffee should always be protected from moisture, light and air to be able to preserve its flavor as coffee often loses its freshness quickly. To do this, you can always keep the coffee in a container which is air tight. The container can be made out of glass, ceramic or non-reactive metal. And then store it in a dark yet cool place such as the cabinets and pantries. An ideal temperature of which is between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have any pantry or the cabinet is very full, you can always place it on the countertop that is away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. If this is the case, make sure that the container is not just air tight but also dark or opaque.

If you are buying the ground coffee, make sure to consume it within one to two weeks of roasting. If you really love ground coffee, make sure to buy the freshly roasted ones and make sure to just buy enough quantities that can last one to two weeks. However if you prefer the whole beans, you can always buy large quantity as its freshness lasts about a month. Just make sure that it is stored properly.

Now, if you want to have a year supply of good and fresh coffee to use for your coffee maker, then consider buying the green coffee beans. The green coffee, if stored properly, can actually last a year and with minimal work, you can always roast this at home and grind them as needed. However, take note that when you buy this type of bean; always open the coffee container once a day for the first several days after roasting to help eradicate the built-up carbon dioxide.

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