Brewing an exquisite cup of coffee all starts with the beans. Each bean is unique and provides a unique flavor that can be enhanced or diminished depending on how it is stored. Aspiring baristas and coffee connoisseurs alike must learn how to properly store coffee to ensure it is as flavorful and fresh as possible.
In order to keep your coffee beans as fresh and flavorful as possible, they should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, away from light and humidity. To keep air out, use a bag that has a zip closure, or empty your coffee beans into a mason jar or airtight food storage container with latched lids. This will help to prevent oxidation, which can cause coffee flavors to fade. You may also consider purchasing a vacuum-sealable container, which pumps the air out as the lid is closed, further protecting the beans.
Coffee should not be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, as the drastic temperature changes can cause condensation, which can cause mold. Additionally, the smells and flavors of other food items in the refrigerator can infiltrate the coffee beans. Instead, look for somewhere like a pantry or cupboard where the temperature remains consistent. In hot climates, a cupboard or pantry may not be enough as coffee beans still need very consistent temperatures—consider using a beer cooler with ice packs as an extra precaution.
With a little bit of knowledge and the right conditions, you can keep your coffee beans tasting as fresh as the day you bought them. Store them in a safe location away from light, moisture, and drastic temperature change, and you will have the perfect cup of coffee each morning.
ELIMBARI is a rare and exotic coffee grown in small farms in the CHUAVE region of Papua New Guinea, with a unique spicy and bitter taste. Roasted very dark, its flavor profile boasts notes of pomelo peel, nutmeg, cloves, dark chocolate, and tobacco, making it a must-try for coffee lovers who enjoy bold flavors.