Okay! You’ve discovered so far about your coffee and maybe a little something about how to brew it, but did you really know how to store your coffee? And by that, I mean the proper way. Proper coffee storage for your coffee is just as important as choosing the right coffee beans or the brewing tools, I mean, you couldn’t have freshly brewed coffee without fresh coffee beans, right? And that’s why you need to know how to keep your coffee beans fresh with proper storage.
How long can your coffee last?
Different types of coffee have a quite various shelf life, for example, Coffee Beans comes best at around a month, while ground coffee usually stays fresh for around a few weeks up to a month. Usually after roasting, coffee undergoes a degassing process that can continue up to a month for a lighter roast coffee. During this process, the flavour of roasted coffee will continue to develop until it reaches an optimal stage, at which time it will begin to deteriorate. As a result, this is critical in determining how long your coffee will last. However, the shelf lives might vary depending on the blends, process, and of course, the storage.
Just to be sure, try checking your coffee regularly before you brew, especially if you’ve kept your coffee longer than the general shelf life. Now you may wonder, “How do I know if the coffee has gone off?”, well don’t worry, we’re just about to find the answer.
How to tell if your coffee has gone off
Most people think that taste is the key indicator, but all your five senses are able to detect staleness, and it’s best for you to understand all of them.
If you love coffee enough, you should know that dark roast coffee is supposed to be glossy due to the oil on the surface, while the lighter roasts should have a compelling matte light brown colour. Appearance is the first thing to check, although not everyone would notice this at first glance. But if your coffee looks dull and matte, it shouldn’t.
One of the things that we all expected of a fresh coffee is the therapeutic aroma. If your coffee lacks or doesn’t even have it, well, it’s common sense to think that you should get another fresh coffee and make sure you keep it properly this time.
For the darker roasts, Coffee beans should have a glossy look. That comes from the oils coming out to the surface during the roasting process, you can read more about it here. Grab a few of your beans and check if the oils are still there. However, this method is easier to see on dark roast coffee since the light roast isn’t as oily, to begin with.
Although taste isn’t the first thing you’d notice, it could be the easiest way to know if the coffee is stale. It should be easy enough for you to notice that your coffee has a huge lack of flavour, leaving only an intense bitterness and sourness, that wouldn’t taste good, would it? That’s another sign your coffee has gone off.
After knowing the signs when your coffee has gone stale, you should want to avoid it as much as possible. There are actually a few simple steps to follow, but you gotta keep in mind that you shouldn’t skip any of them if you want to keep your coffee beans fresh.
First Of All, Buy The Right Amount!
This is a very simple one, but people tend to ignore it often, well you shouldn’t. You gotta make plans of how much coffee you want to brew and how long does it take to spend all of them. Being impulsive to end up piling your coffee stocks doesn’t do any good at all. Even if you happen to have excess stock of coffee beans, always remember to spend the first one you bought before starting to brew the new beans.
Coffee Beans Over Ground Coffee
Yes, Ground Coffee can be much more convenient to brew, especially if you don’t have a grinder at home. But you should really consider buying Coffee Beans instead, depending on your coffee drinking behaviour. Ground Coffee on average lasts up to a month before the taste start to deteriorate while Coffee Beans stays fresh longer. If you’re concerned about how would you grind your beans, many coffee shops are open wide to grind them for you.
The Proper Coffee Storage
The idea of storing your coffee is to keep it as far as possible from light, heat, and oxygen. If you want to display your beans in a jar made of glass, think again, the heat and light might stale your beans even sooner than they should be. If your coffee beans already come with an opaque bag with a seal, it might be best to simply keep it in there. But what if it doesn’t? Then you should move it to an airtight container, a kitchen jar will do as long as you keep it in a dark place like the kitchen cupboard.
To Freeze or Not To Freeze..?
Freezers may seem to be the answer for keeping almost anything last longer, but it doesn’t work that simply with coffee. Putting your Coffee Beans in freezers can increase the risk of getting a flat taste and may distinguish the brightness and aroma of your Coffee. Not to mention if you have any other ingredients like garlic or meats in your freezer, the coffee may take on some of the flavours, you wouldn’t want that on your morning coffee.
If you’ve got in deeper into the coffee storage topics, you may wonder “What about Freezing with Nitrogen?”. A quick science lesson, Nitrogen is heavier than Oxygen, which makes it a great gas to flush out oxygen out of your coffee. And by eliminating the oxygen out, Nitrogen can take out the moisture and prevent bacterial growth, which is one of the main reasons your Coffee went stale.
So What About The Fridge?
Short answer, Nope. Keeping your coffee beans in a fridge wouldn’t do you any good at all. As mentioned before, coffee tends to take on the flavours of other ingredients around, and if that’s not bad enough for you, Refrigerator can increase the moisture of your coffee, making it possible to age even faster than it should be.
Don’t Throw Out Your Spare Beans
You’ve bought just the amount of beans you need, you’ve stored it in a kitchen jar, and kept it in your cupboard, but you can’t drink your coffee that quickly and still end up with a pile of coffee beans, so what do we do now?. If you’re thinking of throwing out your beans, hold up your thought! There’s still a way and probably the best to make use of your leftover coffee beans: Cold Brew Coffee.
You can make a batch of cold brew coffee and keep it in fridge for your convenient caffeine fix. Cold Brew coffee or concentrate last longer and are also flexible if you craves for a latte or just iced americano. To add more good news, you can get creative with your cold brew, whether to drink it right away, make a coffee mocktail, or freeze it and make a coffee ice cube.
Now you’ve figured more about storing your coffee right. In summary, just remember to buy just the amount of coffee you need, and better with coffee beans, put your coffee in an airtight container and keep it in a dark cupboard, and if you happen to have some spare beans, you can still make a cold brew with it.