Tips to Store Your Beans for a Top-Notch Cup of Coffee

Your approach to coffee bean storage in Pampa, TX has a significant impact on the flavor of your coffee. If you’re just leaving the bag open for air and dust to attack, you’re wasting the money you spent on those fancy beans—and if you’re grinding it ahead of time to brew later, you’re missing out on the freshest, strongest flavor. Read on for some tips that will help ensure you’re getting the very best experience out of your next cup of coffee.

Seal your beans

The most important storage tip we can offer is to keep your coffee beans sealed in an airtight container, and stored in a cool place (cabinets are great, but cabinets over a stove or microwave will damage the flavor). Clear canisters are also suboptimal—the light can affect the flavor. While it might be tempting to use those formerly vacuum-sealed bags the coffee comes in, unless you plan to use the entire bag within a day or two, you’re better off finding a can or canister for best results.

Just remember that air, light, moisture and heat all take away from the flavor of your coffee, so pick a solid airtight container and store it in a cool, dark place.

Buy what you need

There’s one more factor that affects your coffee beans’ flavor: time. The longer your coffee sits, exposed to air (even in the canister), the more flavor is lost. Coffee loses its freshness as soon as it finishes roasting, so if you’re a true aficionado, only buy what you need for one to two weeks, and grind it just before use. This is even more applicable when you buy pre-ground coffee. The more it’s exposed to air, the less flavorful it will be.

Should you freeze it?

Coffee absorbs odors and flavors from its surroundings (it’s why you can use spent grounds in your fridge to absorb odors, much like using baking soda for the same purpose). In general, we recommend against storing your beans in the refrigerator—however, you can freeze your beans if you bought an excess.

If you’re going to do this, use the most airtight container you can find in order to prevent freezer burn. (It won’t hurt if you pop a box of baking soda in there to absorb any odors already lingering, too.) When you’re ready to use the coffee, take out a week’s worth and reseal the container, then re-freeze immediately. Extra coffee can last one to two months this way, as long as you use a truly airtight container.

Armstrong Coffee Service has been taking the guesswork out of coffee for over 30 years. There’s no need to worry about long-term coffee bean storage in Pampa, TX or buying as much as you need when you schedule coffee deliveries with us—we’ll keep the fresh, high-quality coffee coming as often as you choose. We also supply brewing equipment and supplies for other hot beverages. Call us today to learn more about our services and start your coffee delivery.

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