How to store coffee correctly?
As a general rule, the more a coffee bean has been processed or broken down the shorter the possible storage time. When stored properly, our coffee can be stored as follows before the flavors and aromas gradually decline:
- Green Coffee (un-roasted coffee): This can be stored for up to 6 months before roasting.
- Roasted Coffee (whole bean): Ideally roasted coffee should be used within 4 weeks.
- Roasted Coffee (ground): Ideally roasted coffee should be used within 1 week of grinding.
This of course does not mean that you can’t use your coffee after these recommended time frames, only that the coffee will no longer have all of its flavours and aromas. The aromas of the coffee come from the oils in the beans, but these oils are very sensitive to heat, moisture, odours, light and oxygen.
In order to get the best flavor from your brew, we have listed 3 important tips for storing your dry coffee:
1. Use the right container to store coffee
We recommended that roasted whole beans or ground coffee should remain in our packaging after purchase. However, if you want to place the coffee in a different vessel we recommend it to be opaque, for example a porcelain or ceramic container, that is airtight to deter any sunlight (heat and moisture) and oxygen. Take caution with plastic containers as the coffee, especially when ground, can take on the odors of the plastic which may have stored other food products high in aromatics and odors.
2. Choose the right place to store coffee
The best temperature for storing coffee is between 10 and 18 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, coffee should be stored in a dry area away from other odors. For example, storing coffee in the refrigerator is not advisable as there is high moisture content and other odors that will affect the flavors and aromas of your coffee. The cell structure of coffee is soft and porous and likes to absorb aromatics, therefore we suggest storing coffee in a cupboard out of direct sunlight and not near spices or other strong smelling products.
3. The optimal preparation of the coffee
Roasted coffee is a fresh product. Once a coffee has been roasted it needs a resting period of 12 to 24 hours before it is brewed. This period is needed for the coffee to develop body and flavour. After around 3 weeks the coffee (whole beans) will start to lose these aromas and flavours developed during the roasting process. When brewing, we suggest grinding your coffee on demand at home, because once coffee has been ground it quickly loses flavours and aromas and can become tasteless and flat very quickly. This is due to the fine coffee particles being exposed to oxygen and moisture. Thus once coffee has been ground it should be brewed straight away in order to enjoy a fuller flavour.If you prefer to buy your coffee ground from our cafe, you should only remove the amount of coffee needed for your brew so as not to expose the whole packet to oxygen and moisture.
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