Storage of coffee

Sanne Bakker
Sanne Bakker

Updated: March 3, 2023

Nothing beats a freshly brewed cup of Joe. To keep your coffee as fresh as possible, it’s important that you store it correctly. But what is the best way to store coffee? In this blog I will take a closer look at the storage of grounded coffee and coffee beans.

Table of contents

Where should you pay attention to when storing coffee?

The way coffee is stored can affect its taste and shelf life. There are 5 main elements that may affect your coffee:

  • Moisture: A damp room affects the oils, causing them to age faster.
  • Heat: The oils do not tolerate heat well, they can evaporate.
  • Light: The light can influence the coffee taste, making the taste less ‘full’.
  • Oxygen: This influences the aromas and ultimately the taste.
  • Odors: Coffee absorbs odors, which can also affect the taste.

Best way to store coffee beans

If you want to keep coffee longer, we recommend buying whole beans and a good coffee grinder. Coffee beans are not cheap, so it would be a shame if you don’t store them properly. Ultimately, of course, you want to enjoy your coffee to the fullest. These are the best ways to store coffee beans:

  • Store dry: Store a coffee can and/or vacuum sealed packaging in a dark room, such as the kitchen cupboard.
  • Cool room: Keep it in a place where heat is less likely to reach, such as your kitchen cupboard or pantry.
  • Oxygen: Store it in an airtight container or can.
  • Light: Keep it in a room where there is little sunlight or bright lights.
  • Fragrances: Make sure no other scents can get in. For example, keep it extra in a coffee can or airtight container.

Store unroasted coffee beans

Unroasted / green coffee beans can be stored for longer. These are unroasted and not processed. You don’t necessarily have to use a sealed coffee bag for this. It is best to store unroasted coffee beans in a cool, dark and dry place.

Best way to store coffee grounds

If you have coffee beans or ground coffee beans, it is important to read the packaging carefully. Often it also states how long you can keep it. Pay attention! The expiration date is only valid for an unopened bag. After opening a package, the shelf life directly affects your coffee grounds. But how should you store coffee grounds after opening the original packaging? After opening the packaging, it is important that you store the coffee properly in order to suffer as little as possible from ‘negative’ influences. Below you will find the best way to store coffee grounds:

  • Coffee can: This is the most common and used way. This way you can safely store it in a cupboard
  • Coffee bag with valve: These are bags that you can seal with a device in which a special zipper and no oxygen can reach. This is mainly used for long-term storage of coffee. Just make sure it is stored somewhere in a dry and cool place.
  • Freezer: If you use the freezer, put it in a sealed plastic bag.

Store coffee in the freezer

Storing coffee in the freezer would in principle be possible. Ground coffee and beans can be stored in the freezer for a long time, only if you are going to use it, it must also be prepared that day. The coffee loses its flavor due to the moisture that is released during condensation. If you want to apply this way, use the coffee in the amount you need at that moment. When storing in the freezer, it is also important to put a good waterproof, vacuum bag around it.

Best tips for storing coffee

Airtight packaging

As mentioned earlier, you would rather not have any moisture or air in the (ground) beans. Both have a negative impact on the taste of coffee. Nowadays you can easily find special bags that are completely airtight or you can use a coffee can or airtight container. The best packaging is a plastic container with a one-way valve. The word says it all, with a one-way valve only air goes out and no air/oxygen can enter.

The packaging must be 100% clean

If you have a tin or preserving jar at home and have used it for something else, there can always be leftovers. Therefore, make sure that you clean it well before you use it as coffee storage. Otherwise, this will also affect the taste.

Cool and dark place

Store your coffee in a cupboard or drawer where there is little sun and light. Heat has a huge influence on the quality of coffee. Sunlight, but also artificial light and other heat sources also have a negative influence on the quality of coffee.

What you should absolutely not store your coffee in?

Storing coffee in the refrigerator:

this is really not recommended! Many people think that a refrigerator is a convenient place to store coffee because it can be kept in a dark and cool place. But what is very important to know is that a refrigerator can be very humid inside! So this is really a don’t do it tip! Moisture affects the natural oils that coffee beans contain and therefore also the taste.

Storing coffee in a cellar

In principle, a cellar is a good place in terms of temperature and light. But basements can also often be very humid. If you want to store the coffee in the cellar, make sure it is not too humid!

Store coffee near kitchen appliances.

This is usually underestimated, but kitchen appliances can give off a lot of heat and this can also affect your coffee.

Conclusion

For storing coffee, it is most convenient to use a coffee can and/or just the packaging that came with the coffee. For long-term storage of coffee, the top ways such as vacuum packaging are the best way.

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