Storing Your Coffee the Right Way

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Storing Your Coffee the Right Way

Step 6 – Coffee Connoisseur Series

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Some of the top questions I get involve storing coffee.

Especially when it comes to the fridge and freezer.

Before I answer your question, and show you the test I did…

Lets make sure we have a solid understanding of what’s happening to your coffee.

Throughout coffee’s lifecycle, it is going through constant chemical and physical change.

That doesn’t end when it’s roasted.

In fact it speeds up.

Not only does the roasting dramatically change the coffee itself…

But afterwards it continues to give off gasses and go through physical and chemical changes within the bean.

We like to say that the ‘golden time’ for freshness of coffee is about 4-14 days after roast.

That can be extended to a month+ if you store your coffee well.

Because roasted coffee is so porous and volatile, it is susceptible to light, moisture, and temperature (though mostly as that pertains to moisture).

The three most damaging elements to roasted coffee are moisture, light, and air.

You can see how I came to that conclusion in my Ultimate Coffee Storage article here

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This is why most people say avoid the fridge and freezer.

I’ll absolutely echo the mantra of 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 anyways.

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…


(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.

I follow the guideline that 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, like the Airscape (for example).

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But, if you happen to have an extra bag of some really good coffee that you won’t get to for awhile – seal that up in a ziplock, 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, check out my Coffee Storage guide for all the best practices

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