Coffee storage is key to maintaining the bean’s freshness and flavor. With the variety of flavored coffees and special blends, there are endless ways one can enjoy a great cup of coffee at home. Not only will proper coffee storage at home optimize the bean quality, but it will also save you time and money in the long run.
Do keep coffee away from excessive air, moisture, heat, and light. This will preserve its fresh roast flavor for as long as possible.
Try not to store coffee beans in ornamental glass containers that are left on kitchen countertops. The beans will become stale and quickly loose their fresh flavor.
Do store coffee in airtight, opaque ceramic containers, and keep it in a dark, cool location. This is also true for the whole green beans, which will keep for about one year. Whole roasted beans can be stored at room temperature in a dark place for about 1 to 2 weeks. Commercial coffee containers are generally not appropriate for long-term storage. Plastic and metal containers tend to contaminate the taste of your coffee.
Try not to refrigerate or freeze roasted coffee beans. The constant contact with moisture will cause them to deteriorate. Plus with all the different foods in your refrigerator, your coffee is more than likely to pick up the flavors and odors.
Do purchase freshly roasted coffee frequently and buy only what you will use in the next 1-2 weeks. Coffee begins to lose its freshness almost immediately after roasting, so it is better to purchase it in smaller quantities.