Storing your beans

First off, the Victor crew wants to point out it is better to buy whole beans rather than ground coffee. Why? Because you wanted the freshest cup you can get. Storing them in bean form helps protect the quality in and of itself. Once the bean is broken, the coffee oxidizes quickly. It is best to grind right before you brew.

For the best filter brewed coffee, it is better to get it as close to the roast date as possible. But note that coffee needs a day or two of rest after it is roasted before using it. This helps any gas trapped in them to escape. For espresso, you want to rest the beans for about five days. If you can, get your coffee within three to ten days from the roast date.

It also helps if you store the beans correctly. Paper bags will lose the flavor quicker. Try to use sealed one-way valve foil bags. If it comes in one, leave it in. If it is in a paper bag, transfer to an air-tight container kept out of sunlight.

Don’t freeze or refrigerate your coffee. When it thaws it won’t taste the same. Also it may pick up flavors from items in the freezer or refrigerator. In the refrigerator, it may pick up condensation and push oils to the surface and age the coffee faster. If you stock up and already have a few bags go ahead and store in freezer but thaw to room temperature. It won’t taste the same.


How to Store Your Coffee

Do you keep your coffee in the refrigerator or freezer? Well, you shouldn’t. Jody Victor‘s crew wanted to look into the proper way to store coffee. We found you should keep your coffee in the pantry. Why? Because of moisture. There is too much moisture in your refrigerator or freezer. The temperature has too much fluctuation causing condensation, which can turn the beans or grounds bad. When you take in and out every day, that makes it worse. You want to avoid exposure to light, limit temperature fluctuations, and decrease air movement.

So store your coffee in a tightly sealed container in your pantry, out of direct light. Only use the freezer for storing coffee for longer periods of time. Allow it to come to room temperature before opening. Once thawed, do not freeze again.

Jody Victor‘s crew