So, you’ve decided to splurge and buy a premium bag of beans and you’ve brewed a perfect cup, but how do you make sure those beans stay at the optimum quality for as long as possible? While you might have mastered the art of brewing a fragrant cup of fresh coffee, your morning brew can quickly turn sour if you don’t store your beans correctly. Here are some ultimate hacks that’ll keep your coffee fresher for longer:
1. Store in a dark, dry place
Coffee beans are anti-social, to say the least – they take their social distancing seriously! They don’t like to be disturbed and are at their happiest in a dark, dry place. To ensure they retain their freshness, store them in the back of the cupboard or pantry and don’t leave them out on the counter after use. Note our last tip below.
2. Keep them cool
Any changes in temperature can make your premium beans undrinkable. So, it’s important not to store your coffee close to a heat source like the oven, however, storing them in a place that is too cool also won’t do. While storing fruit and veg in a fridge increases its freshness, the same does not apply to coffee. Instead, they will absorb all surrounding aromas and odours, making them stale and taste off.
3. Seal the bag
If your beans come in a bag, make sure you seal the bag tightly after use. If coffee is exposed to too much oxygen, it will become stale quicker and lose its freshness after a week or two. The best practice is to seal the bag with a clipper and make sure all the air has been pushed out before storing. Ziplock bags are also a good way to keep air out and your beans fresh.
4. Use airtight and light-proof containers
If you are an avid coffee drinker, it might be a good idea to invest in an airtight and light-proof container. These are usually found at your local homeware store and are an easy and convenient way to protect your beans from light and oxygen exposure.
5. Vacuum bag and freeze
Freezing coffee beans is not often advised as it makes them age faster and ruins the natural flavour. However, if you’ve bought your beans in bulk and have no choice but to freeze them, then make sure you seal them in a vacuum bag first. This will ensure the beans have minimal exposure to oxygen. After they have been defrosted, it’s imperative that they are brewed immediately and not frozen again as the repeated change in temperature will make your coffee bland and stale.
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