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Where coffee is concerned, freshness is vital to getting the best flavor. Green coffee beans can go stale over time, but the staling process becomes rapidly accelerated once the coffee has been roasted. After the coffee is ground, it stales even more rapidly because the surface area of coffee that is exposed to air is so much greater. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Should You Freeze Your Coffee Beans? Proper Coffee Storage at Home by TalkAboutCoffee.com


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Should You Freeze Your Coffee Beans? Proper
Coffee Storage at Home by TalkAboutCoffee.com
Where coffee is concerned, freshness is vital to
getting the best flavor. Green coffee beans can
go stale over time, but the staling process
becomes rapidly accelerated once the coffee has
been roasted. After the coffee is ground, it
stales even more rapidly because the surface area
of coffee that is exposed to air is so much
greater. Proper coffee storage can extend the
shelf life of your coffee and keeps it
fresher and better tasting for significantly
longer. If you care about quality coffee, these
tips and procedures can help ensure that your
coffee always tastes great (See best way to store
your coffee).
Buy Fresh Roasted
Know the roast date of your coffee. It's easier
and easier to find specialty coffees that list
the roasting date on the package. If you buy
online, look for a coffee roaster that stamps the
packages with the roasting date and promises to
ship your coffee within a day of roasting it. In
the store, look for packages that list the roast
date rather than the best by date. If you're
buying canned supermarket coffee, check the best
when used by date. Choose vacuum-sealed coffee
rather than specialty coffee beans from big,
transparent bins.
Buy Just Enough
Don't over-buy. Only buy the amount of coffee
that you'll use up within a week or two so you
don't have to worry about taking special storage
precautions to keep it fresh.
Buy Whole Bean
No matter what brew method you use, coffee is
always best when it's ground just before you brew
it. It's also easier to keep your coffee fresh
when you store whole beans rather than ground
coffee. Grinding the coffee exposes more surface
area to the air, so that it loses more of the
volatile oils and chemicals that give it flavor.
Whole beans will go stale also, but they won't go
stale nearly as fast (Best Whole Coffee Bean
Choices).
Short-term Storage
Heat, light, oxygen and moisture are the four
biggest enemies of good coffee. Store your coffee
away from those four things, and it will stay
fresh longer. The ideal storage container for
coffee beans is fairly airtight and opaque.
Place it in a cool, dark, dry place like your
kitchen cabinet (not the one next to your stove,
though!).
Most roasters ship fresh coffee in bags with
one-way valves which allow carbon dioxide to
escape without letting oxygen get in to attack
the coffee quality. Once the bag is opened, the
valve is no longer useful. At that point,
transfer the coffee to a suitable container (see
above) and store it in a cool dark place. Do not
put it in your refrigerator. While there are some
experts (and some very well-regarded ones, at
that) who recommend freezing coffee beans, pretty
much all of them agree that it's never a good
idea to refrigerate your coffee.
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If you get your coffee in a re-sealable zip-close
bag from the coffee roasters, and you're going to
use it within a week or two, the bag should be
fine for storing your coffee. Just squeeze out as
much air as possible before zipping the bag up
and store it in a cool, dark place. Grind your
coffee right before use (see how to pick a
coffee grinder here)
Long-term Storage
If you've bought more coffee beans than you can
use up before it goes stale, most experts agree
that the freezer is the best place to store it,
as long as you follow these guidelines.
1.
Divide the coffee up into smaller portions for
storage. Aim for no more than a week's worth
of coffee per package.
2.
Wrap each portion in airtight packaging. There
are many different ways to do this,
including putting it in Mason jars or using a
vacuum sealer. If you use a vacuum sealer or
plastic bags, wrap the plastic package in
aluminum foil.
3.
Store it in the freezer (at least 32 degrees) for
up to two months.
4.
Take one package of coffee out of the freezer at
a time and let it come to room temperature before
using it. Transfer any remaining coffee beans as
you would store fresh coffee. Do not refreeze
the coffee.
Storing Ground Coffee
The same principles apply to ground coffee as do
to coffee beans, but they're even more
important. Only buy as much as you'll use in a
week or so. Store it in an airtight container in
a cool, dark, place, and do not refrigerate it.
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