Store Your Coffee Like Wine
This is a simple guide to storing the coffee you purchased in the best possible way to preserve its fragrance and umami. Simply put, coffee is like wine or any other food. It goes bad with time, and especially when exposed to air. So we need an efficient method of storing it to keep it longer.
It’s always better to purchase whole coffee beans rather than ground-up coffee. I’ve talked about it in this post.
Today I’ll introduce 4 tips you can follow when storing your coffee.
1. Let Your Coffee Breathe
Your coffee beans may be packaged slightly differently depending on where you get it.
The coffee beans are usually put into specially made bags with valves to let the coffee release additional gas but prevent any air from coming in. So you can just use the bags that it came in.
Sometimes they may not come in fancy valve bags as they can be a little pricey for the roasters and would rather have you take care of storing it. In that situation, one of the best storing methods is to put them in glass containers with very tight seals. The Mason Jars or Ball Jars are very ideal. In Japan, we have Cellarmate Jars which come with lock handles.
It’s better if you let the coffee breathe by opening the bags or opening the jars once or twice a day since the freshly roasted coffee releases gas and needs to breathe. The closer to the roast date the more you want to make sure you do this. This also prevents the coffee from sweating in its own gas or reabsorbing the gas it releases.
2. Avoid direct sunlight
Coffee is very similar to wine in this sense.
Direct sunlight can heat up the coffee and accelerate the degrading process, so it’s better you store it in a cupboard or somewhere dark. Of course, some packages are opaque and black in color and so will prevent the sunlight from coming in. However it’s always advisable to keep them away from direct sunlight.
3. Use The Freezer If it’s hot
If you live in the subtropical to tropical climates or have summers where temperatures go above 25°C or 77°F, it’s better if you keep your coffee beans in a cellar or the freezer. One thing you want to make sure is that the air in the freezer doesn’t get into contact with your coffee beans. Coffee can act as a sponge and then absorb the smell around it so be careful.
4. Keep A Blend Bag At The Ready
Maybe you’ve encountered this situation. If you’re like me and you like to measure and make your coffee, you may have some leftover since the roaster usually sells the beans by the 100 grams. The leftovers are not enough to make a cup of coffee.
What I like to do sometimes is keep a separate empty bag labelled the ‘Blend Bag’ and then put any left over beans in there. If I get some more leftovers with a different coffee I can put it in the blend bag and then make an interesting cup of coffee using them. It’s pretty cool since you get to actually participate in making a blend and you can make multiple blends with more bags which can feed your creativity.
That’s it guys, follow these tips and you’ll keep your coffee much longer and get that amazing vibrant and delicious cup of coffee every time.
What tips do you have for storing coffee?
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