Mmmmmm… there’s nothing better than waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. However, many consumers are unaware with the most effective ways of storing coffee in order to maintain that fresh brewed taste and aroma when it comes to storing your coffee. If you’re a coffee lover, knowing how long your coffee grounds or beans will last if stored at room temperature; if you freeze; or even when you can freeze it or other methods of coffee storage can save your coffee, your time, and money.
According to the National Coffee Association (and yes there is one, established in 1911), it’s important to properly store coffee in order to maintain the flavor, aroma, and freshness of that cup of coffee you look forward to every morning. Whether you use coffee beans or grounds, it’s important to learn the best ways to store or freeze your coffee for the best results.
Do you store your coffee (beans or grounds) in your refrigerator, thinking that cooler temperatures will make it stay fresh longer? You might not want to do that unless you’ve taken certain steps to preserve it. That’s because moisture that builds up inside your refrigerator can create moisture that eventually decreases the quality of your coffee.
Actually, the best way to store your daily dose of coffee is in a tightly sealed ceramic or glass container. Then, put that container into the cupboard, or other relatively cool and dark location – but not near your oven or in cabinets along outside walls, especially those that absorb heat from the morning or afternoon sun.
You may think that the container you bought your coffee and is adequate, but actually, they’re only effective at keeping your coffee fresh for a short period of time. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, such plastic or metal containers are fine, but not for long-term storage.
When it comes to freshly roasted or ground coffee, plan on using it within one or two weeks max. However, if you prefer to buy in bulk to save money, portion out your coffee into daily or weekly portions and then store in airtight bags. This way, you can store your coffee for up to a month inside your freezer.