Have you ever noticed that, in time, stored coffee loses its flavor and smell?
This happens because it’s not stored properly.
When it comes to storing coffee, keeping it away from air, light, moisture, and heat is the key to retaining its freshness and flavor.
Some people store their coffee in a see through glass jar. Although it might look good from the outside, it’s fails to protect the coffee beans from light thus deteriorating its freshness and flavor.
This is why the best practice is to store it in an opaque, airtight container and keeping it in a cool and dark place.
There are specially designed metal canisters available in the market made specifically to store coffee. These metal containers come with airtight locks that not only keep the precious cargo away from excess air and moisture but also keep it safe from light.
If you are a coffee fanatic, it’s best you get hold of one of these containers. If do not have the inclination or the funds, you can do a couple of things to get the same effect.
Put the coffee inside a sealable plastic bag and make sure to squeeze out most of the air from the bag before sealing it.
To be completely sure put the packed bag inside another bag.
Use black colored bags instead of transparent ones. This will protect the coffee from light.
After that is done put the packed bag inside an airtight container with a tight lid on it. Store the container in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.
Fresh coffee smells good. Coffee beans start releasing their aroma as soon as they come out of the roaster.
This is because roasted coffee releases carbon dioxide, which acts as carrier for the smell.
However, this aroma slowly starts to dwindle as time goes by and the beans starts getting affected by the surrounding environment.
When storing coffee at home this is exactly what you should aim at preserving. If your stored coffee is drastically losing its aroma then something is wrong.
Although its best to keep coffee in a cool and dark place, that does not mean that you should store in a refrigerator.
Some people have the habit of storing anything and everything related to food inside the fridge including coffee beans.
Now with most food items it doesn’t really matter, but with coffee it deteriorates when kept in the fridge.
Due to the porous nature of the coffee, the moisture build up inside the fridge is sucked in by the beans.
Additionally, when coffee is roasted it releases its natural oils which gives the coffee its distinct flavor. However, freezing the coffee destroys these oil making the coffee flat.
If stored more than a few weeks inside the fridge, coffee loses most of its aroma and flavor.