Coffe does best when store in a dry, airtight container. A dark colored container helps preserve freshness and quality because it blocks out light that can damage coffee’s flavor.
When stocking your favorite blend at home, avoid air, moisture, heat, and light. Here are the fast facts on how to store coffee beans and ground coffee correctly for maximum freshness and flavor.
Coffee Storage Locations
While convenience is key, you want to store your coffee so it stays fresh and flavorful Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Choose a cool, dark, dry place, such as in a pantry or cabinet.
- Do not store coffee in the refrigerator or freezer; the humidity can cause moisture to infiltrate the packaging.
- Avoid warm spots, such as above/next to the oven or in cabinets that get hot from exposure to sunlight or cooking equipment.
- It's OK to keep your coffee on a counter if it's in an opaque, airtight container out of direct sunlight and away from any heat source
Coffee Container Types
Once you open vacuum-sealed packaging, coffee starts to lose freshness quickly. For that reason, it's a good idea to transfer coffee to another appropriate container as soon as possible.
- For best results, use an opaque glass, ceramic, or non-reactive metal container with an airtight gasket seal.
- Clear glass or plastic containers should be kept in a dark location.
Coffee begins to lose its freshness immediately after roasting; the flavor peaks in the following few days. Ground coffee tastes best consumed within one to two weeks of roasting, whole beans within one month. Here are some tips for keeping your coffee at its tastiest:
- Buy just-roasted coffee often, in quantities to last one to two weeks, and then store it properly.
- Store larger quantities of coffee tightly sealed in an airtight container in a cool, dark area, keeping a smaller quantity in another container for daily use. Open the larger container only when you need to refill the smaller container. This reduces air exposure for the bulk of the coffee.