Coffee as a beverage is an integral part of many people’s lives. A lot of people require it in order to start their days fresh and stimulated hence it is prudent that they have it in constant supply and easily available. Well there has been a long standing division among coffee drinkers on whether coffee is better when it is freshly ground or if it has stayed for a while after grounding.
Rather than go to various coffee Cafes such as Starbucks and the likes, many regular consumers and coffee connoisseurs prefer to have their own stock in their homes and kept in the best food storage containers to ensure they are preserved and fresh as possible.
Coffee however loses its freshness if not stored properly and this is where things get complicated for a lot of them. You want your coffee fresh or as close to fresh as possible without any external factors affecting its taste or smell.
In order to achieve this, many consumers keep their own coffee beans, pre-roasted and pre-ground for their own consumption. Fresh beans have a glossy appearance due to a little oil escaping from them. There are a few exceptions, one being if the beans are not roasted as intensely or if the beans have undergone Swiss water decaffeination leaving them less shiny.
Contrary to most other products, this oil residue is a good thing. Whole coffee beans after roasting are normally consumed within a period of a month before they lose their freshness. In this time frame however due to their nature, they should be well stored in the glass food storage containers in order to maintain their freshness.
Ideally, you want the best food storage containers, especially the ones made specifically for storing coffee. There are a number of these in the market. Why is this important? Well, you want to avoid moisture, heat, steam and sunlight. It is recommended that coffee beans once roasted, should be consumed within three days if possible.
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What to look for while finding a coffee storage container?
The good storage containers for coffee beans are supposed to be airtight and opaque in order to not let in light or moisture they can be metal cans or ceramics with sealable gaskets.
When storing whole beans, they should be wrapped in sealable bags with as much air drawn from the bag as possible. After this, the bag should be locked tightly in the can and the can’s gasket sealed to ensure that air does not get into it nor should any air. After the can is sealed, you should note that this is not yet as sufficient if optimum freshness is to be achieved. Even the best food storage container can be compromised. Thus, this means that the can should be stored in a deep freezer.
Why you might ask? Well deep freezers are rarely opened thus it is quite hard for the coffee beans to be in contact with moisture.
How to store ground coffee?
One might wonder over how to store grounded beans – coffee powder. It is not much different, however, it requires an even higher amount of diligence and keenness as any mistakes could result in the delicate nature of the ground powder being compromised. As stated earlier, it is advisable to brew coffee as soon as it is grinded. This is because its sensitivity to environmental factors increases dramatically after grounding. Coffee powder is greatly affected by heat, moisture and light. These factors affect the taste of coffee negatively so it is advisable to reduce the exposure of coffee powder to them as much as you can.
You might be tempted to store your coffee powder in a refrigerator in a normal sealable container. Do NOT attempt to do so unless you want your coffee to lose its taste. Coffee is comparable to a common house hold product – baking soda. It is hydroscopic, meaning it absorbs moisture and where else can one find moisture in the kitchen besides the sink if not the fridge.
In addition to that, it also absorbs the smell of other things in the fridge and I’m pretty sure you do not want your coffee smelling like your leftovers.
How to store coffee powder?
The question that we have to answer now is, how we store our coffee powder. At the back of your mind, your goal when storing ground coffee should be one thing. To preserve its freshness and by extension its taste and flavor. The greatest negative factors in storing ground coffee are light, air, moisture, and heat. By storing ground coffee in an opaque container that is airtight, you can avoid these negative factors.
First, the coffee powder has to be kept in a double wrap sealable package. This is a preliminary step to keep out moisture and light.
After this, the package is to be kept in a container that does not let in moisture or light. The food storage containers for this are those that are airtight and are lightproof.
The best options for coffee storage
Some of the best samples of coffee powder storage containers include, vacuum storage containers. As you might have guessed from the name, they enable the user to suck out the gas inside them once sealed from the outside using a pump attached to them. Most of them are “canister-ish” in shape and are used for storing foods that require as minimum air as possible and thus would be pretty perfect for this particular use.
Another one is a ground coffee container. The storage of ground coffee being quite tricky, one gets to a point where you want to keep the coffee powder cool but also not refrigerating it. This container ensures that the coffee can be sealed and stored in a normal storeroom, the best part being that it keeps moisture and air out as it is tightly sealed. It can be made of ceramic or metal. One other trick one can add is to roast the coffee powder before storage to get rid of as much moistening elements as possible.
A coffee vault is also a great food storage that works to reduce the flavor the coffee may acquire from being in contact with a metal container.
Coffee powder storage as you may have seen is not all that complicated neither is it too simple. They key thing you have to take note of is to always ensure it is fresh. This can only be done by keeping it out of contact with light, air, moisture, and heat using a suitable storage container. I hope this goes a long way in ensuring you enjoy good quality coffee.