You may have a favourite bean and a preferred method of brewing, but how can you keep those beans or your ground coffee as fresh as possible for as long as possible?
The taste of your coffee changes slightly over time after you have opened the sealed bag. Chocolate notes can become cherry, or vanilla can become nutty, and this can change from bean to bean and depending on how fresh the coffee is. That’s why people suggest different ways of storing coffee beans to keep them as fresh as possible.
The elements that will degrade your coffee quicker, and therefore considered the biggest enemies to storing freshly roasted coffee are:
So with this in mind, how best can you store them? Let’s find out…
Coffee Storage Bags
Great news, you can keep your coffee in the Rave bag it came in, this is because they have been designed to keep your coffee at its best. It’s worth noting that ground coffee will stale quicker than whole beans due to the smaller particle size.
We stock 250g plain coffee pouches with resealable zips and degassing valves - so if you want to purchase a 1kg but decant it into smaller bags this may help keep your coffee fresher for longer. (Or just keep your Rave Coffee bags for future use > Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle!)
There is a huge market for storage containers of all shapes and sizes, however the key functions are that it’s airtight and doesn’t let in light – so something opaque works best. There is an emerging market for vacuum storage containers that are worth investing in if you are serious about coffee. These work by eliminating air from the container meaning your coffee will stay fresher for longer.
Should You Store Coffee in the Fridge?
You can… but we don’t recommend it. Remember we talked about moisture being one of coffees biggest enemies, well fridges are often a moist environment. Coffee beans & grounds will absorb flavours from other food stored with them. Basically, great if you want to get rid of a strong smell in your fridge!
Something similar happens with other foods. If you've ever kept bananas in your freezer—don't worry, this is relevant—then you'll understand why. Everything else in the freezer starts smelling of bananas! Well, just like other foods, coffee beans and grounds absorb the smells and tastes of the things they're stored with. They're porous, after all (which is why you can make coffee out of them). This can happen even if they're kept in a plastic tub.
What this means is that storing your coffee beans in a fridge or freezer will change the way your coffee tastes. And you don't want coffee that tastes like onions, chicken or freezer water.
Or maybe you do, in which case, go right ahead.
Should You Store Coffee in the Freezer?
Can you freeze coffee beans?
You can, but only if you keep the following in mind:
- Make sure your beans are well sealed. Remember one of our deadly coffee enemies is moisture? If your container (or bag) is open to the frozen elements of your freezer drawer your coffee will become moist — very moist. Vacuum sealing is best as this will eliminate oxygen and moisture.
- If you are bulk buying beans and want to keep them fresh, separate into 250g bags. This way you can take them out as and when you need them.
- Remember coffee is a perishable product, so would you eat some veg straight from the freezer? Of course you wouldn’t, so make sure you defrost your beans and bring them up to room temperature, leaving them completely sealed until fully defrosted.
However you choose to store your coffee beans or grounds, keep them in a cool, dry place, just like it says on the packet. Coffee is a fresh product and best consumed within a month of the roast date, it is perfectly drinkable after this time, but the flavours will degrade / change and start to stale.
Storing your coffee in an airtight and moisture proof container will help keep it tasting good.