How do I store coffee?

Storing coffee is all about keeping it away from air, moisture, and light. The best containers are glass or ceramic, but if you want to go for something more convenient, mylar/plastic bags with one-way valves will do the trick. Just make sure to keep the airtight seal tight and store in a dark place. Remember, it’s best to not buy more coffee than you can drink within a week to two weeks post-roast, or else the beans will start to lose their delicious aroma and flavor.

Now, when it comes to freezing, opinions are mixed. Some folks think it can affect the taste, but the one thing we all agree on is that you don't want to open and close your frozen coffee container too often or moisture will start to condense. If you go through a lot of coffee, you can order a few pounds at a time and freeze in smaller batches. Just take one out at a time, let it reach room temperature, and don't refreeze it. And, one final tip: avoid storing coffee in the refrigerator – it's just too moist and smelly in there.

What about coffee grinders?

When it comes to coffee grinders, whole bean coffee is the way to go for ultimate freshness and flavor. Grinding your own coffee just before brewing can make a huge difference in taste.

If you're new to whole bean coffee, you might be wondering about grinders. There are two main types: blade grinders and burr grinders. Blade grinders (also known as “whirly blade” grinders) chop up the beans with two or more blades spinning at high speeds. The downside is that they don't produce a consistent grind, leading to uneven coffee extraction.

Burr grinders, on the other hand, are the way to go if you want to enjoy the full range of coffee flavors. They're usually quite affordable and you can use the same bag of beans to make everything from espresso to French press.

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