Now this is a topic I’ve been itching to cover for a long time: How to store coffee at home properly?!
Because for many coffee lovers stale coffee means no coffee at all.
It’s no secret that coffee usually stays fresh for up to 2 weeks from it’s roasting date. You can use it as long as it doesn’t change its texture or taste. But, FRESH means something else: full taste and aroma.
Ideally, we would buy only what we can consume in two weeks time.
What we can do is to try to keep our coffee fresh & tasty as long as possible. But, how?!
Well, coffee has four main enemies: light, heat, air and moisture and you should keep them away from your coffee.
The ideal place for coffee is: an airtight canister (I like airtight glass jars) or well-closed bag, on your countertop – at room temperature. Kitchen cabinet is a good solution too.
Keep it away from heat sources, direct sunlight and DO NOT store your coffee in the fridge/ freezer. This is a huge mistake.
Now, even if you don’t have a fancy canister, you can still do something about this.
Once you have opened your coffee bag you can simply store it again, especially if they have a one-way valve. Just roll down the top, nice and tight while squishing out all the oxygen, and close well (those 2in1 bag clip & scoops are very useful tools) .
If you like buying coffee in a can or canister (Folgers, Maxwell House) you can keep them in their original packs.
If you want to give your coffee a special treatment, you can get yourself a good vacuum canister. This is the absolute best way to store coffee.
Few extra steps to open or close but they are doing a really good job of protecting it from all those elements I mentioned. In fact, they will keep your coffee completely fresh for 1 – 1.5 week. After two weeks, the coffee taste will be slightly changed, but in comparison with regular airtight canisters, this is still an amazing result.
You can use several popular devices to store your coffee. I don’t like those with batteries or pumps. But I do like Friis ($21.99) and Airscape ($24.95). They are both simple to use, have nice prices and they will keep coffee fresh for up to two weeks.