5 Common Mistakes to Avoid
When Storing Coffee Beans
Coffee lovers know that the key to a perfect cup of coffee lies in the quality of the beans. But, did you know that how you store your coffee beans can have a significant impact on their flavor and freshness? In this blog, we will discuss five common mistakes to avoid when storing coffee beans, and we will recommend the Airscape® coffee containers as the best solution for proper coffee storage.
Storing coffee beans in the refrigerator or freezer
Many people believe that storing coffee beans in the refrigerator or freezer will keep them fresh for longer. However, this is a common misconception. Coffee beans are porous, and they can absorb moisture, odors, and flavors from the surrounding environment. When you store coffee beans in the fridge or freezer, the cold and damp environment can cause the beans to absorb moisture and oils, which can lead to a loss of flavor and aroma. Moreover, each time you take the beans out of the fridge or freezer, they will be exposed to condensation and humidity, which can further damage their quality.
Exposure to light can also affect the freshness and flavor of your coffee beans. When coffee beans are exposed to light, they can oxidize, and the oils in the beans can turn rancid, resulting in a stale and bitter taste. Transparent containers, such as glass jars, can allow light to penetrate and damage the beans’ quality.
To prevent light exposure, store your coffee beans in a container that is opaque or tinted.
Storing coffee beans in a transparent container
Storing coffee beans in a bag with a valve
Coffee bags with valves are often marketed as the best solution for coffee storage. The valve is designed to release the carbon dioxide that is released by freshly roasted coffee beans. However, these bags are not airtight, and they cannot prevent oxygen from entering the bag and damaging the beans. Oxygen can cause the coffee beans to go stale and lose their flavor and aroma.
Instead of using a coffee bag with a valve, transfer your coffee beans to an airtight container. Airscape® coffee containers feature a patented valve that removes air and locks in freshness, preventing oxidation and extending the life of your coffee beans.
Coffee beans are sensitive to odors, and they can absorb the smells of other foods and spices nearby. This can result in a loss of flavor and aroma and can create an unpleasant taste in your coffee.
To avoid this, store your coffee beans away from strong-smelling foods, such as onions, garlic, and spices. Additionally, use an airtight container to protect the beans from external smells.
Storing coffee beans near spices, herbs, or strong-smelling foods
Storing coffee beans for too long
Coffee beans have a limited shelf life, and they will begin to lose their freshness and flavor over time. While the exact shelf life of coffee beans can vary depending on the type of beans, roast, and storage conditions, it is generally recommended to consume them within two to three weeks of roasting.
To ensure the freshness and quality of your coffee beans, buy them in small batches and only purchase what you will use within two to three weeks. It can be tempting to buy a large bag of coffee to save money, but if you don’t use it quickly enough, it will go stale, and you will end up wasting money.
When you buy coffee, check the roast date and make sure it is as recent as possible. Freshly roasted coffee beans will have a richer flavor and aroma, and they will be more enjoyable to drink. If you can, buy your coffee beans from a local roaster who roasts the beans on-site. This way, you can be sure that the beans are fresh and have not been sitting on a shelf for weeks or even months.
To make sure you store your coffee beans properly once you bring them home. Use an airtight container, such as an Airscape® coffee container, to protect the beans from moisture, light, and air. Keep the container at room temperature and away from direct sunlight and heat sources. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your coffee beans are fresh, flavorful, and delicious every time you brew a cup of coffee.