It is important to store coffee properly so that it stays fresh and delicious for as long as possible. Coffee, in both whole bean and ground forms, deteriorates quickly when exposed to oxygen, light, moisture, and unfavorable temperatures. Coffee can also soak up odors from neighboring pantry items and then these odors will get transferred to your brewed cup of coffee. You can avoid these problems by storing coffee beans or ground coffee in an opaque, airtight container in an area that is not too moist and has a constant temperature.
Storing Coffee at Room Temperature
- Airtight containers are also ideal for preventing coffee from absorbing neighboring odors and discouraging insect and mold growth.
- Some common airtight containers you can use include canning jars, Tupperware, and Ziplock bags
- There are a wide variety of airtight containers made of metal, ceramic, and opaque glass that are great for storing coffee.
- If you insist on storing your coffee in a transparent container, it is best to store the container away from light, for example in a pantry or cabinet
- If you do need to store coffee in a moist area, keep it really well sealed. Also, move it out of the area before opening the packaging, so the moisture doesn't get to the beans
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