3 Rules – The Best Way to Keep Your Coffee FRESH!
Hey there you have come to the right place! I am going to tell you the 3 simple steps to keep your coffee fresh and if you don’t want to read this, just skip below! But First, a side note and welcome….
Side Notes and Welcome!
Hey again coffee lovers! Today is a special day! I have made the leap to buy video log equipment AKA VLOGGING equipment to VLOG my life and COFFEE! <— ONLY side note I promise!
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LIGHT, AIR and MOISTURE!
According to several coffee shop experiments and the National Coffee Association for a more notable source. Light, air and moisture are the evil doers with coffee. If you allow your coffee to become exposed to any three of these, you will sacrifice flavor out of your coffee. You have been WARNED but let me break it down more.
LIGHT! – Let there not be light…
This one confuses me but something about light reduces the shelf life of ground and whole bean coffee. Unopened coffee… well I guess does not apply to this rule because well… its in dark… But once you OPEN THAT CAN OF BEANS! (Never got to use that literally until now) you need to keep those bad boys in an airtight dark container. Most coffee shops provide their beans in dark solid bags. Now that I think of it, I can think of one local coffee shop that uses a clear bag… Not good…
According to the National Coffee Association, light exposure increases the temperature exposure as well. The goal is to keep beans in a dark, cool area. A vacuum sealed container if possible!
A couple options you have here are the following ranging from $10-$40, but the nicer looking ones are bit more expensive.
Coffee Vac 1lb capacity = $14.95 – simple clean
Alpha Coffee (16oz) = $14.97
Coffee Gator – Small (.6lb) Large (1.6lb) = $24 and $30 (has a date setter on top)
OR use the twisty tie seal on the bag that comes with your beans. This will get the job done but not completely rid all the air.
Air is important to avoid with your beans because the beans start to oxidize and lose their flavor. That is why MOST coffee bags have a vacuum valve built into them. This is so you can push the most amount of air OUT! The fact is, our beans start going bad as soon as they are roasted. Oxygen, direct sunlight and moisture just speed up the process.
Moisture just seems like a no brainer… Who would think wet beans would keep? Water causes beans to go bad almost immediately. Think about it… when we brew the coffee we are extract all the run off flavor, then we throw the grounds out or recycle them. Moisture is definitely BAD! Don’t get water on your coffee!
Freezing Beans (Bonus)
This is a bonus because I said 3! This is 4! I used to work for a coffee shop in Venice, CA and within the first day of training they taught us all this. They had even tried freezing beans to test the freezing coffee to last longer MYTH. Now technically freezing coffee may increase shelf life. But the CONDENSATION and moisture created from the temperature change will DESTROY your COFFEE!!! Your beans will come out look ok but tasting stale… And by stale I mean terrrrrrible!
Coffee goes bad no matter what. From the minute it is done roasting it starts losing its aroma and flavor from the light and air. Light also includes heat, so remember to store your beans away from heat as well. Oxygen also assists in robbing the beauty from beans, so get an air tight storage container if you desire. Also don’t freeze your beans… This is a myth and it’s just going to destroy your beans by creating moisture. Lastly, keep your beans dry. The real way to keep your beans fresh is the same way we keep most food fresh.