2013
01.07

Coffee is a perishable so storing your coffee correctly is essential. The problem is, everyone gives slightly different advice as to what the perfect method for storing coffee is. So we have read all the research and turns out, we were right all along. Let us fill you in on the facts…

Coffee has a few major enemies. These are oxygen, UV light, moisture and heat. By keeping your coffee away from these things, it will stay fresher for longer. But how do we do that?

Try to store your coffee in a vacuum container when you get it home from the store. 80% of the flavour and aroma comes from the natural bean oils and these dissipate quickly when in contact with oxygen so a container that we can remove the oxygen from is ideal. An airtight container will also do a pretty good job. A cool, dark and dry place is the best environment to store your coffee.

Can you refrigerate coffee?

Absolutely not! The fridge is one of the worst places you can store your coffee. Normal fridges are ‘wet’ and coffee will absorb all the other smells in your fridge so just avoid putting any coffee in there at all.

Can you freeze coffee?

Apparently yes! Coffee does not actually freeze and it won’t go hard like meat or other food stuffs. This is due to the oil content of the coffee. Freezers are also relatively ‘dry’ because they dehumidify the air to avoid things frosting. The low temperature will also shrink the molecules of the coffee and this will help to retain the freshness and flavour components. There may be a small amount of condensation forms on the bean when you remove from the freezer but so long as you NEVER refreeze the bean this should not cause too many problems. The rule seems to be that if you cannot buy fresh coffee every 2 weeks and you need to buy in bulk then it is better to freeze than to leave the coffee out in a container to go stale. It is however very important that you divide the coffee into weekly portions and wrap in an vacuum sealed bag (you can suck the air out with a straw) so that once you take it out of the freezer it never has to go back in again.

At the end of the day, if coffee tasted better from the freezer then it would be sold frozen. We always advise people to buy as small a quantity as possible so that they are always using fresh coffee but sometimes it is just not possible or cost effective  for people to get to the shops this often and it is in that case that you would freeze the coffee in small portions.

Espresso Elements sells bags from 100g up to 1kg so you can decide exactly how much you need. We also only sell whole beans but are more than happy to grind them as you require when you have purchased them. Please try to avoid buying pre ground beans where possible. Most good coffee suppliers will be happy to grind their fresh beans on the spot.

We also sell VacuVin which is a fabulous, specially designed container in our shop on Hampton Street and in our online store