Wonderful taste and a beautiful aroma are what draw many to a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. We avid coffee drinkers know that the only way to get that all important feeling from a cup is if we make our own coffee from fresh beans. This however is easier said than done not because people do not know how to become their own baristas but because they are deterred by the sheer hassle of storing coffee beans.
It is not difficult to store coffee beans as long as you understand its nature, strengths and weaknesses. This knowledge will help you keep it in a way that will boost its strengths and limit its weak traits from taking over. If you want your beans to last long, make sure that you get them from a trustworthy retailer who obviously knows how to preserve their tastes and aroma. The basic thing to remember whenever you want to store beans is that moisture, air, heat and light are their worst enemy. They key to daily freshness and great taste would therefore be keeping them from these harmful elements:
Choose an opaque can with a lid to store coffee beans for the long term without losing essential elements. The can should be airtight and must be kept in room temperature to avoid exposing the beans to heat. Experts suggest that you should never store ground coffee but if your coffee is already roasted when you buy it, transfer it from the company’s container to one of your own that can hold it for a while without compromising its flavors. Avoid storing coffee beans in paper as moisture will get to them. Instead wrap your beans in foil and place in an airtight container to preserve freshness.
Instead of roasting too many beans at once, use small amounts in order to preserve freshness. Coffee is known to deteriorate once it is roasted and therefore trying to store it in this form for a long time will lead to bland brews. If you accidentally roast more coffee than you need, split it into several portions and store them apart to limit exposure to air. Storing your beans in the pantry is the best way to keep them fresh but you need to keep moisture from reaching them. Do not store coffee beans close to the kitchen sink as moisture could get to them and compromise their quality when ground. Coffee beans should not be kept close to the oven as this will subject them to heat that will marginally compromise their quality.
There are several opinions surrounding storage of coffee beans in a fridge or freezer among experts. If you are considering these alternatives remember that coffee is hygroscopic-it absorbs odors, tastes and moisture from its surroundings. In light of this it is only wise that you keep it in an airtight container that doesn’t seep moisture or odors that could compromise its quality. If you choose the freezer, take care that condensation doesn’t form on the frozen beans as this will lower their quality. Frozen beans must be used within a week after they have left the freezer as they have already lost some important oils to which we owe great taste. Experts recommend the freezer as opposed to fridge which according to them, exposes beans to other odors and cannot cool it enough to keep it fresh when it’s thawed for roasting. Coffee beans shouldn’t be frozen for more than two months to prevent freezer burn.
Roasting coffee is an indescribably satisfying experience that makes one savor every sip with great pleasure. When brewing properly stored coffee beans, fresh aromas can’t help but waft through the rooms calling everyone to gather round for a morning dose of stimulation that only Mother Nature can provide. The manner in which you decide to store coffee beans directly affects how your brew will taste. If you follow the steps above it will always be possible to enjoy a freshly brewed cup that doesn’t taste like cardboard. Different people store coffee beans in unique ways to keep it dry, fresh and tasty but the basic ways to store coffee described above will certainly ensure that it stays that way for a long time.