Storing coffee - how to store coffee beans or ground coffee?

Storing coffee properly is not difficult 

Enjoying a cup of coffee is one of the little pleasures we can indulge in at home. However, when buying different strains, you need to know how to store them properly so they don't lose flavor over time.
That is why in this article we will show you how to store coffee to always preserve its aroma and taste.

Coffee loses its flavor in the air 

Coffee loses its flavor when exposed to air. This is mainly due to the humidity. Coffee that is exposed to moisture for an extended period of time not only loses its flavor but can even lead to mold and mildew.

This also explains why coffee is better stored in whole beans than pre-ground. If the coffee is pre-ground, more of the coffee is exposed to the air and therefore the decay of flavor is accelerated. That's why we recommend only grinding coffee when you really want to drink it. 

Coffee is best preserved in sealed bags

Now that we know we can prevent our coffee from going bad, it's important to know the best preservation methods.
The main goal of these methods is to protect the flavor of the coffee and keep it fresh.

 

Before first opening: Sealed pouch

It is of course best if the coffee remains unopened in the packaging, but in this case we would not be able to enjoy the coffee. Unopened coffee beans retain their flavor for about three months (depending on the type). After that, the coffee is still drinkable, but not as good as fresh after roasting. Therefore, showing the roast date of the coffee on the pack is important information - it helps customers to estimate how old the coffee they are about to buy is.  
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Coffee with zip closure, resealable

After first opening: Sealed in a zip lock or clip 

The next best thing is to quickly close it after opening it if it has a zipper, or seal the opening with some sort of clasp.
And how long can it remain tightly closed without decaying?
About 1 month.
That doesn't mean your coffee has lost its richness after a month. There are many good quality coffees that can last 2 or 3 months without losing their properties. 

Airtight containers or glass jars can help

Airtight containers or Tupperware can also be a solution as they are sealed until opened. Here it is important to ensure that the container is really airtight and clean before the coffee is poured in. Glass containers or glass vessels can also be used, the same principle applies here. 

Best enjoyed immediately

Of course, when one owns a specialty coffee, it is best to consume it as soon as possible. So the consumer gets the most of it and the coffee tastes the best by far. 

Coffee in the fridge? 

DO NOT put your coffee in the fridge. It is important to protect coffee from moisture and therefore store it in an airtight container. The refrigerator only helps to a limited extent, especially since there are many other foods in the refrigerator whose aromas can contaminate the taste of the coffee. 

Are you now in the mood for a good Colombian specialty coffee? Have a look in our shop and try a coffee. 

More information about our Colombian coffees can be found here . 
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Do not store coffee in the refrigerator