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So the past couple of weeks I have been making myself coffee every morning at home in my Chanukah drip coffeemaker, which is totally great!  Cheaper, and induces me to carve out time for at-home breakfast to go with it.  Special thanks to [ profile] scorchus, who taught me to use the darn thing remotely effectively.

I'm on my second-ever bag of coffee (Intelligensia, yum!), and trying to figure out the ins and outs of storing coffee most effectively for maximum flavor and minimum complicated. 

With my first bag, I had Diesel grind it all for me, and stored it in the freezer.  It was great for a while, but the last couple of days I could definitely tell the flavor was not as great.

This new bag, I have whole-bean, and this morning, I ground enough for two or three days.  I put the whole beans remainders in the freezer, and the ground coffee in an airtight tupperware in the fridge.  And then I started to wonder: "Am I ruining my coffee right now??"


1) Where should I store my unopened whole beans?
2) Where should I store my opened beans?
3) Where should I store a couple/few days of ground coffee?
4) Any other exciting coffee storage advice?

Thanks, Dr. LJ!

Date: 2013-02-11 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I believe that storing coffee beans is contraindicated because it tends to dry out the beans. I am not a coffee nerd, however.

Date: 2013-02-12 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you live in a relatively cold, not-too-humid place, like southern Ontario, you can stick 'em in your cupboard and they'll do just fine, even ground. That's assuming you go through about 1 bag every fortnight.

Date: 2013-02-12 03:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] muffyjo
I was told to store them in the freezer. But, you know, not with the coffee nerd here, either. However, a nice trick I have used when grinding beans...add a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice (or other spices that suit your fancy) to the grinder with the beans. It makes for very fancy flavored coffee.

Date: 2013-02-12 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You've got it about on the dot.

The only thing I would do differently in your place is store the ground coffee in a zip-lock or similar flexible but airtight bag, which would permit you to minimize the exposure to air even further than a rigid container would, but I think that difference is likely to be negligible if you're brewing everyday.

Ultimately what really matters the most is whether or not you are enjoying your coffee, and whether or not your coffee ritual gets in the way of that.
Edited Date: 2013-02-12 12:53 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-02-12 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I lived with a coffee fiend for a while and he stored the whole beans in their original packaging in the freezer except for the daily use bag and ground each batch as needed. Which is to say, he ground enough for his morning POT of coffee, and set the timer on the coffee maker so it would be brewed for when he had to get up. He went through a lot of coffee, so perhaps he used a bag up before it had a chance to go stale. I think the opened beans were stored in one of those ceramic dry goods jars with the rubber seal and the latch, but I don't exactly remember. When I drank the coffee, I'd grind 1 serving's worth at a time.

Date: 2013-02-12 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you eventually get really serious about coffee I can't recommend enough the Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffeemaker. You dump in just enough beans for the pot your making, plus water and a filter, and it automatically grinds and brews on the spot for you. Usually runs $50-$75 on sale.


1) If it's Intelligentsia, their unopened bags are very well sealed and store best in the cupboard and not frozen. If it's a paper bag like Counter Culture, open the bag and dump them in an airtight freezer container.
2) Airtight freezer container
3) Airtight container in the cupboard, not fridge
4) The fewer times you can remove the frozen beans from the freezer, and the less time you keep them out of the freezer, the better. Ice crystals form when they freeze and thaw that degrade the taste. For the same reason, try to keep them in the back of the freezer and not in the door.


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