We all enjoy a good cup of java, especially if you are the type of person who is really into the caffeine craft.  May it be whole bean or ground it is totally your preference.  You may want to drink it with a friend or two, or the way I prefer it…just truly alone with myself.  My mind tends to go somewhere beautiful when I’m drinking coffee, regardless if it’s espresso based or just a regular drip.  It’s one of those things that I treat with the utmost respect and enthusiasm whether I’m standing up in front of the window or simply sitting down in a coffee shop.  With that being said, this sincerely boils down to the question of how to store our favorite coffee…Ground vs. Whole Bean and Room Temp vs. Freezing.  Let’s talk about it…but there’s no right or wrong in this topic since this is the art of sipping that beautiful caffeinated drink we all enjoy. 

Ground vs. Whole Bean…                                                                                            

With Ground Coffee, it’s truly simple…as soon as you purchase it off the shelf make sure to store it at room temperature and it should be good in your pantry for about two to three weeks.  This applies to all daily coffee drinkers who prefer to prepare their coffee at home, which are thousands of individuals, just like I do.  Ground Coffee is a bit trickier, but by storing it correctly, you can still enjoy its prolonged, valuable freshness, regardless if it has been stored in the pantry or freezer.  I have inserted some pointers below to successfully expand your knowledge on storing Ground Coffee.

Daily coffee drinkers should keep their coffee in the pantry, not the freezer or refrigerator. While it’s important to keep your grounds or beans somewhere cool, the fridge or freezer will create too much moisture in the package”. huffpost.com

“This is especially important when buying pre-ground coffee, because of the increased exposure to oxygen”. ncausa.org

“If it is opened and stored properly, it’s best to consume ground coffee within one to two weeks, for the freshest and most flavorful taste. If you store ground coffee that is opened in the freezer, the timeframe is about one month solidly, and even up to five months”. July 23, 2020. Publicgoods.com

Whole Bean Coffee storage is a bit easier since it’s still in its original roasted form. Although, it takes a little bit more effort in preparation because we still have to manually, or automatically, grind the beans as well as measure and maximize the favorable amount of flavor and caffeine that gets filtered into our bottomless cup or carafe.  Like many other coffee fiends, I prefer the whole beans because I can measure the desired amount of coffee I want in every cup. Storing it is a breeze because I can measure the amount of coffee I need for the week, even if I buy the coffee beans in bulk.  Again, I would like to share some suggested pointers below on how to store your bulk purchased whole beans.

 “Advocates for coffee bean storage using the freezer rally behind one main point: if done correctly, you can preserve the life of your coffee beans.  If you have more beans than you can use in the next two or three weeks, freezing can preserve the flavor and fresh qualities of those beans if you store them in a truly airtight container.  This disqualifies the bag that your beans come in when you buy them. You’ll need to repackage your beans into something else. Store them in smaller batches – enough for one week or so. When you pull the beans out, allow them to thaw to room temperature completely before opening the container. If you open the container prematurely, you’ll get that nasty, coffee killing condensation”.  javapresse.com

Exposure to air is bad for your beans. If you prefer to keep your beans in an accessible and/or attractive container, it may be a good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, with the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container. . If you buy whole beans, grind the amount you need immediately before brewing.  ncusa.org

All in all, storing your preferred coffee is now really simple since the science of it has already been proven in a way that each individual has their way of enjoying it.  No wonder caffeine works side by side with art, music and profession because they all coexist with one another which is a form of self-expression. There is no doubt we love coffee and storing it appropriately not only extends its flavor and freshness but also your lifelong relationship with this beloved drink. 

While there are different views on whether or not coffee should be frozen or refrigerated, the main consideration is that coffee absorbs moisture – and odors, and tastes – from the air around it, since it is hygroscopic (bonus vocabulary word for all the coffee geeks out there). Most home storage containers still let in small amounts of oxygen, which is why food stored a long time in the freezer can suffer freezer burn. Therefore, if you do refrigerate or freeze your beans, be sure to use a truly airtight container. If you choose to freeze your coffee, quickly remove as much as you need for no more than a week at a time, return the rest to the freezer before any condensation forms on the frozen coffee. ncusa.org

Question…do you truly love coffee?  If you do, spread the love.  xoxo