Storing your coffee beans

Storing Coffee

This is a short article discussing methods of storage for roasted coffee. This is based upon opinions and experience and has no scientific background whatsoever.

Storing Roasted Beans

There are many schools of thought on storing roasted beans. A question I must get asked at least once a week is, “should I keep beans in the fridge/freezer?” I liken this to storing them in a water tank. Freezers and fridges are by their very nature full of water. Condensation is easily formed and this can get onto the beans. Even during the defrosting stage I’m concerned that even the smallest amount of condensation could make the bean begin to give off its wonderful tastes dissolving coffee oils. I’m also not convinced that freezing beans actually makes them keep longer. Yes many of the tastes can be kept, but to freeze the CO2 which is so important, you would need liquid nitrogen. Now I’m sure there are not many fridges that can reach minus 200ºC.

There are only two ways to get fresh coffee, and they are, to roast your own, or buy little but often from a reputable coffee roaster (and if you cant find one of these, there is always Has Bean :) ). So, what’s the best way to keep small amounts of roasted beans I hear you cry? At Has Bean we sell all of our roasted beans in one way breathable bags, with a zip lock re-sealable top. Using a bag like this will prolong the life of the bean, allowing it to breathe, whilst stopping any outside taints, or oxygen which can speed up degeneration. Keeping that bag in a sealed container in a cupboard away from direct sunlight and strong odours or taints will prolong the life of the bean. Coffee will be drinkable for many many months after roasting (as many of the supermarket brands are proud to announce on their sell by dates). But after around the three to four week period the taste has rapidly deteriorated, and I would advise that you buy no more than is necessary for that kind of time period. But, if there are no other alternatives, freshly roasted coffee that is four weeks old is far better than a supermarket brand, which are often roasted many months before.

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