Posted July 15, 2014 by Matt in General Information

How to store coffee


ew things smell as good as fresh roasted coffee. I especially love the first whiff of the coffee when I open up a new bag, when the coffee is still fresh and full of aroma.

As every coffee lover knows, the coffee is best when it is freshly roasted and newly ground. The coffee beans develop its full potential of flavor and aroma after a couple of days after it has been roasted. The next weeks the flavor will disperse and become less and less tasteful. There are certain ways we can store our coffee, both roasted beans and ground coffee, to make it stay fresh and keep the flavors and aromas longer.

Use an airtight container

One of the most basic rules when it comes to storing coffee is using an airtight container. When coffee is exposed to the air it begins to lose its unique taste and aroma. This is precisely why you want to make sure you store your coffee in an airtight box or jar. Also remember to keep the container out of the light, as light also affects the flavor and aroma.

Keep in mind that the containers/bags you buy your coffee in from the store are typically not airtight and are therefore not suitable for long term storage, so you will have to find a container that is if you plan on keeping it around for a while.

Coffeemakers with an integrated grinder and some grinders have large hoppers that can hold a lot of beans, if you own such a machine I recommend you refill the hopper every time you use it with the amount you plan to use. If you top up the hopper every time the coffee will get stale before you have the chance to use it.

Avoid refrigeration

A common mistake a lot of people do is to refrigerate or freeze their coffee. Although, a cool place is preferred as a storage place for coffee, but the fact that the excessive amount of moisture that it comes in contact with when it is placed in the fridge or freezer causes it to rapidly deteriorate and lose its freshness.

Make sure that you keep the airtight container you store your coffee in away from areas that get warm, such as near the oven/stove. Temperature plays a very important role in coffee storage, which is why you will need to make sure that you keep it in a place with a stable temperature.

How to store large amounts of coffee

Even though, storing large amounts of coffee is not ideal we often do it for convenience. If you are planning on storing a large amount of coffee for a longer period of time, the freezer might be the best solution. Note that the coffee will most likely start to deteriorate after a month or so and will lose some of its vibrant taste and flavor. I would personally rather keep my coffee in a sealed container in my kitchen cupboards if I planned to store it less than a month.

If you plan to freeze your coffee, the first rule is to make sure that it is in an airtight container. When you want to use your frozen coffee again, let it come to room temperature before you break the seal or open the container. This will avoid condensation to get to the beans.

Plan Ahead

It is important that you plan ahead when it comes to buying the right amount of coffee. If you are a heavy coffee drinker, buying semi-large quantities at once will most likely make sense. If you only have a cup a day though, it might be a good idea to buy in smaller quantities at one time so you will not have to worry about storing a lot of it at once. By planning ahead you will be able to avoid having to throw out a bunch of coffee because it sat around for too long and is no longer drinkable.

Bottom line

Keep your coffee beans in an airtight container and in a cool place that is out of direct sunlight. Grind only what you plan to use and you will enjoy a delicious cup of coffee full of flavor every time.