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February 23, 2022
A common dilemma amongst those of us who have fresh coffee, is storage. We generally recommend that the back of a dry, cool cupboard and out of direct sunlight in an opaque air tight container, is the best way to store your coffee.
We advise against storing your coffee in the fridge or freezer because any moisture or aromas from other foods sources will impart them self into coffee that is stored in an opened bag or container. This could result in your coffee tasting cheesy with a hint of chicken drumstick unfortunately (or whatever strong smelling foods you have in your fridge at the time).
However, storing coffee in the fridge/freezer is not technically always a bad idea. For example, if you could vacuum pack your coffee each time it was placed in the freezer, then this would be a good idea for two reasons;
Firstly the coffee would remain dry so would be protected from moisture and other aromas, but more importantly would not be as susceptible to oxidation which is responsible for solubles in coffee turning stale and losing flavour.
Secondly, when grinding your coffee the heat transfer from the grinding burrs can remove aromatics and flavour. In essence the colder the grind is after grinding, the more flavour is preserved, so if your coffee is colder than room temperature to begin with then less heat will transfer. This is also why we recommend grinding only the amount of coffee you require for your brew from that cool dark cupboard and do not store the entire bag in a hopper where it is likely to heat up due to ambient temperatures or other heat sources.
If you have any other questions regarding coffee, brewing or roasting drop us a line at the roastery.
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