Ok, so now you have gotten your hands on high-quality Java Momma fresh roasted coffee beans, now what? How do you provide the right storage?
Before we get to the answer, let’s get a little coffee bean education, shall we? Throughout coffee’s life-cycle, it is going through constant chemical and physical changes. That doesn’t end when it’s roasted. In fact, it speeds up. Not only does the roasting dramatically change the coffee itself, but afterward, it continues to give off gasses and go through physical and chemical changes within the bean. The “magic time” for the freshness of coffee is about 4-14 days after roast. That can be extended to a month or more if you store your coffee well. So let’s break this down, shall we?
1. Buy the right amount.
Coffee begins to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting. Try to buy smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee more frequently – enough for one or two weeks. This is where our subscription service comes in handy!
Exposure to air is bad for your beans. If you prefer to keep your beans in an accessible and/or attractive container, it may be a good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, with the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container.
This is especially important when buying pre-ground coffee, because of the increased exposure to oxygen. If you buy whole beans, grind the amount you need immediately before brewing.
2. Keep beans airtight and cool.
Your beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light.
To preserve your beans’ fresh roasted flavor as long as possible, store them in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. Coffee beans can be beautiful, but avoid clear canisters which will allow light to compromise the taste of your coffee.
Keep your beans in a dark and cool location. A cabinet near the oven is often too warm, and so is a spot on the kitchen counter that gets strong afternoon sun.
Coffee’s retail packaging is generally not ideal for long-term storage. If possible, invest in storage canisters with an airtight seal.
3. Freezing your beans?
I have said it before and I will say it again – don’t put your coffee in the fridge. The moisture of a fridge is just too much for coffee to handle and if you have it completely sealed, there’s no point putting it in the fridge anyway.
Most people will tell you never to put your coffee in the freezer for a similar reason. However, that is a misleading idea. Freezing your coffee can be a fantastic way to add longevity to a roast…IF AND ONLY IF (This is very important) you have your coffee completely sealed from the air before putting it in the freezer and you don’t take it in and out of the freezer. In fact, you should only freeze and unfreeze your coffee once.
If that sounds inconvenient to your situation, you can get almost as good results simply storing your coffee in an airtight and light-tight container. But, if you happen to have an extra bag of some really amazing Java Momma coffee that you won’t get to for awhile, put a piece of tape over the seal (the little circle that lets the gasses out of the bag) and stick it in the freezer. When you are ready for it, remove the whole thing and let it sit on the counter until it’s room temperature and you don’t see any moisture on the bag. Again, only take it out once. DO NOT put it back in!