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Coffee Storage 101

The way you store your coffee beans and grounds plays a crucial role in ensuring a fresh and flavourful brew every time. In this guide, we’re diving into the art of storing coffee. So, let’s explore the best practices for keeping those beans and grounds in tip-top condition!

Choosing Quality Storage Containers

The first step in preserving your coffee’s wonderful taste and aroma is to choose the right storage containers. Opt for airtight containers made from materials like stainless steel or opaque glass. These containers will keep moisture and light out, which are two major culprits for coffee deterioration. Plus, they’ll add a touch of charm to your kitchen. Often, like the case with Saltwinds Coffee, the bag it comes in will keep the beans fresh as long as it is resealable. 

Keep Away from Light and Heat

Picture this: your coffee beans basking in a sunbeam by the kitchen window. While it might make for a picturesque scene, it’s a big no-no for preserving the beans’ quality. Both light and heat can cause the beans to lose their flavour and become stale. Instead, store your coffee containers in a cool, dark spot – your pantry or a cupboard works like a charm.

Long-Term Storage: Freezing with care

If you plan to stock up on coffee beans for an extended period, the freezer can be your best friend. However, freezing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Before you pop those beans in the icy depths, make sure they’re in an airtight container to prevent moisture from sneaking in and causing freezer burn. Also, when you take the beans out of the freezer, let them come to room temperature before opening the container. This will prevent condensation from forming on the beans.

Using Your Judgement

Channel your inner coffee connoisseur by using your senses to determine the freshness of your beans. If they smell rancid or sour, it’s time to bid them farewell. Fresh coffee beans should have a strong, inviting aroma. Similarly, visually inspect the beans for any signs of mold or moisture. A little TLC in monitoring your beans can go a long way in ensuring a top-notch cup.

Keeping Flavours Intact

If you’re the adventurous type who likes to experiment with flavoured coffees, take extra care with storage. Flavoured beans can be even more sensitive to odours and light. It’s best to store them in separate containers to avoid cross-contamination and preserve the integrity of each unique flavour profile.

Roast Dates Matter

When you’re shopping for coffee, keep an eye out for the roast date. Coffee is at its peak flavour within a few weeks of roasting and stays fresh for a few months. So, if the bag doesn’t have a roast date, it’s a bit like going on a blind date – you won’t know what you’re getting until it’s too late.


There you have it, our friendly guide to storing coffee beans and grounds! Remember, a little extra care and attention can go a long way in preserving the rich flavours and captivating aromas that make your morning ritual oh-so-special. So, go ahead, stock up on quality beans, grab your favourite mug, and enjoy the journey to that perfect cup of joe! Cheers!

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