You leave your favorite Cincinnati coffee shop, artisan roasted beans clutched safely in your hand and thoughts of the next mornings brew dancing in your head. Familiar events for most of us. But what about how you are going to store your beloved Carabello coffee?
Often this seems to be the last thing on our minds. In fact, it could be argued that most of us don't even have a solid explanation for why we store our coffee the way we do. Here is a coffee storage primer.
Basic rule of thumb: If you're comfortable, your coffee is comfortable.
Are you comfy in the fridge or the freezer? Do you like severe temperature changes? Didn't think so. Neither does your coffee.
The Don'ts of Coffee Storage
- Don't put it in the fridge. Artisan roasted coffee is very absorbent and will immediately begin absorbing the flavors of what is around it. Secondly, coffee hates humidity and the fridge is loaded with it.
- Don't store your specialty coffee in the freezer after you have begun using it. Again, it's a moisture issue. From what we can tell, it is inconclusive as to whether or not there is any benefit to putting coffee in the freezer before you use it. We believe the potential negatives outweigh any potential gain you may experience.
- Don't leave coffee unsealed and exposed to oxygen.
The Dos of Coffee Storage
- Store it in a sealed container - preferably a glass jar (pictured above). Coffee's arch nemesis is oxygen, which lives to break down and destroy your precious beans. Take out what you want to brew and then seal it back up immediately.
- Store it at room temperature. Coffee likes stability when it comes to temperature.
- Store it away from sunlight.
We hope this helps. After all, why pay good money for good coffee, only to potentially ruin it by improper storage?