A perfect cup of coffee starts with fresh beans. If your beans aren’t fresh, your coffee will taste stale and flat. No one wants that from the coffee they are drinking. They want something that not only gives them the energy to go about their day, but they also want something that is delicious and enjoyable to drink. Depending on the way coffee is stored, the beans can last for less than a week to about two weeks. We are going to share some tips today about how to keep your coffee fresh and how to use stale beans, so they don’t go to waste!
First things first, buy whole bean rather than buying pre-ground coffee. Why? Keeping the beans whole protects the flavor of the coffee. If you buy pre-ground coffee, the flavor is going to be dissipated and won’t last as long. Invest in a good coffee grinder (link here) and grind your coffee right before you brew it.
As far as storing coffee goes, limit the exposure to light, air, and temperature fluctuations. These can all have an effect on the freshness of the coffee you are brewing. Depending on the bag that the coffee came in, the bag might be the right place to store the coffee. If there is a one-way valve on the bag, then it is a pretty good place to store the coffee because the gases let off by the beans can be released, but air can not get into the bag except when you open it to brew some coffee. If the bag is more of a kraft paper bag, you’ll want to consider transferring the coffee beans to an airtight container. This will keep the beans fresher than the bag they came in.
Should you put coffee in the fridge? Absolutely not. Doing this creates condensation on the beans and will cause your beans to go stale more quickly. Should you put coffee in the freezer? Not usually. The only reason you should put coffee in the freezer is if you plan on keeping the coffee for more than a month. That being said, once you take the coffee out of the freezer, you should let it come to room temperature before you grind and brew it and you should not put it back in the freezer.
In the best world, no beans will go stale, but what should you do if they do go stale? Throw them away? No! Once beans go stale, they are perfect to be used for cold brew coffee. Cold brew will taste great with new or older beans. It does not really make much of a difference. Not sure how to make cold brew? Check back in a week or two, and we will teach you!
So there you have it! The best ways to keep your coffee fresh are to buy less coffee more often and to buy whole bean rather than pre-ground coffee. If beans do go stale turn them into cold brew for a delicious coffee beverage on a warm, sunny day.