Coffee FAQs: How should I store my coffee to keep it fresh?
It's a question we get asked time and time again.
It seems there is a lot of confusion about what is the best packaging and conditions for keeping coffee fresh. Here we discuss, how you should store your coffee at home to ensure it stays fresh for as long as possible.
Why is storage so important for coffee?
Unlike other food items, once coffee is roasted, the beans take a few days to degas and release Co2. This means that when coffee is packaged after roasting, it should be stored in bags featuring a one-way valve. This allows the Co2 to escape from the freshly roasted beans but it prevents any oxygen from entering. When oxygen (air) is exposed to coffee beans, it will start the staling process. The more oxygen that is exposed to beans, the quicker the beans will stale.
Should I store my coffee in a container?
You can store coffee in a container, however we highly recommend using a specific air-tight container that features a one-way valve. There aren't too many of these on the market and they can be quite pricey. Coffee Gator is a well established brand offering this type of coffee container and prices start at £23.99 on Amazon .
Should I keep my coffee in the original packaging/bags?
If the coffee bag packaging is resealable and can be shut tight, then we suggest you keep your coffee stored in there.
Our coffee bags at Maverick Coffee are resealable and should keep the coffee fresh so long as it is sealed properly. The bags are designed perfectly for this which have the one-way valve.
Where should I keep my coffee at home?
The perfect conditions to keep it fresh is in a cold (or room temperature), dark location like a kitchen cupboard, away from direct sunlight. If you can, choose a cupboard away from the oven or kettle then even better as the heat isn't good.
Should I keep my coffee in the fridge or freezer?
We don't recommend storing coffee in the fridge or freezer. Coffee doesn't like moisture and the temperature change from taking the coffee in and out of the fridge can cause condensation and moisture which will impact on flavour.
How long will my coffee stay fresh?
Providing you store your coffee in perfect conditions mentioned above, your coffee will stay fresh for up to two months. Despite these perfect conditions, over time the coffee will still stale. All coffee has a shelf life of 12 months (which you will see on the date stamps on coffee packaging from supermarkets).
However, fresh really is best when it comes to coffee and any good coffee roaster will say the same. This is just another reason why buying freshly roasted beans is so important compared to supermarket coffee which has usually been sitting on the shelf for weeks or even months.