Coffee Storage Is Key For Freshness
True coffee lovers know that fresh coffee is actually something a bit difficult to come by. Since each step of the process to turn a coffee bean into a cup of hot, eye-opening liquid refreshment takes away from the natural flavor, time is not the coffee bean’s friend.
Green coffee, which is the unroasted bean, is capable of holding its freshness for years. But, once the beans are roasted, the lifespan takes a huge nosedive. It is estimated, in fact, that roasted beans really only hold their full flavor for a week or so and then begin to decline in richness and full-bodied effect.
The grinding process, too, takes a lot of out coffee. True gourmets will say the grounds are only good for a few hours. Once brewed, the lifespan is even more dire straits, as flavor is reported to be lost within minutes.
Since it’s nearly impossible for most coffee lovers to fresh roast and grind their own green coffee beans each morning, what’s a coffee lover to do to ensure a good cup of coffee in the morning?
The answer to that question is smart and careful storage. The beans themselves are pretty delicate little creations that don’t enjoy light or moisture – especially after roasting and even more so after grinding.
The coffee that’s purchased fresh roasted and vacuum-sealed in containers right after grinding does hold most of its flavor, but once it’s opened, the clock starts ticking. To help ensure coffee holds a much of its flavor as possible, try:
* Buying beans and fresh grinding them yourself right before use. The beans themselves might lose a little flavor if purchased in bulk, but not as much as grounds might.
* Store beans and grinds in airtight containers. Make sure the storage area is dark, cool and free from moisture. Only remove and grind those beans that are needed for imminent drinking.
* Never put beans or grinds in the refrigerator. Cool doesn’t not mean cold. The moisture and other aromas in the refrigerator’s environment can and will lessen the pure coffee flavor of beans and grinds.
* Freezing is okay with beans that are light in color. Dark roasts are not known for their ability to stand up well in frozen conditions.
Much like fine wine, a good cup of coffee is one that’s treated with some tender loving care in the creation process. To ensure the richest flavor and the most full-bodied aroma, coffee lovers go to great lengths to preserve freshness. The difference is in the taste and it’s one that a true coffee lover and most certainly distinguish.