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How to Store Coffee Beans

How to Store Coffee Beans

The best coffee starts with the best beans, which come from the best coffee storage. Let's take a look at how to protect your beans from their most common enemies: air, moisture, heat, and light.

Roasted coffee enemies:

  • Air. In order for beans to preserve their flavor, they must be stored in an airtight container.
  • Moisture: Beans absorb moisture from the air, which dilutes their natural flavor.
  • Heat: Keeping whole coffee beans at room temperature is always the best option.
  • Light: All types of light, including sunlight, absorb the flavor of your beans.

Best Way to Store Coffee Beans

So you bought a wonderful bag of beans. Now, how do you store them to keep them as fresh and amazing as possible?

Short-term Storage for Coffee Beans 

1. Original Coffee Packing (i.e. Coffee Bag)

If you wish to keep your beans in their original bag, reseal it carefully after each serving. Close the bag with a plastic clip until you need the beans again, and try to get as much air out as you can before closing it for the day.

2. Use Mason jars or any jars with lids.

Utilize short mason jars or sauce jars if you plan to use your beans soon. If you're out of options, a Gatorade bottle will do. Since you will be utilizing your beans frequently, a wide-mouthed jar is ideal. As far as possible, keep the beans out of direct sunlight.

3. Airtight Coffee Canisters

Most importantly, understand the distinction between an airtight and a vacuum container.You need an airtight container that doesn't let any air in. Because vacuum containers strive to remove air instead of keeping it out, they may speed up the staleness process. The vacuum container extracts aromatics from the coffee beans as it removes air. The result is a drier, tasteless bean.

Long-Term Storage for Coffee Beans

There is little you can do to extend the life of your roasted coffee beans. Your goal is to maximize your active one or two weeks with optimally flavorful beans.

To do this, keep your beans in a place that is dark, sealed, cool, and dry.

Keep your beans in a stable environment. Do not store beans in a frequently opened pantry (light). Use a dark container to help with this.

How Long Do Coffee Beans Last in the Bag Once Opened?

Once opened, good beans last two weeks. An airtight canister of ground coffee can last up to a month. Unground and unopened beans preserve their compounds better and stay fresher for longer when sealed in their original containers.

In a canister, coffee beans stay fresh, and the roast quality is maximized. Keep your beans sealed and away from bright lights. Unless you plan to freeze ground coffee for a time, the pantry is the only option.

Should You Vacuum Seal Coffee Beans?

Vacuum sealing plastic bags will help protect the quality of your coffee beans at home. To make the process as simple as possible, we recommend using an airtight coffee canister.

Can You Store Coffee in the Fridge or Freezer?

Ground coffee can be frozen for up to a month in an airtight bag, but good coffee only lasts two weeks in the fridge. While it is possible with the correct materials, it is preferable to use the right storage devices and the pantry.

Should I store coffee beans in the fridge?

Although many individuals swear by keeping their beans in the fridge, you should only do so if your pantry isn't suited. Moisture from refrigeration and odors from other foods stored nearby can degrade the flavor of your roast.

To avoid having to use the fridge, you can buy fresh roasts that last five to fourteen days. Smaller portions are critical if you buy pre-ground coffee due to its greater susceptibility to oxygen exposure. If you grind your own coffee, leave it whole until you're ready to brew. The fresher the ground, the greater the flavor.