The Do’s and Don’ts of Properly Storing Your Coffee
With UK coffee consumption rising to an astounding 95 million cups each day, it’s no surprise that 65% of coffee is enjoyed at home. However, while many indulge in a cup or two of coffee in the morning before leaving the house, how you store your grounds or beans can have a significant effect on the way your daily cup of joe tastes. With that said, no matter how you take your coffee, here are the best and worst ways to store it.
The worst environments
Some of the worst ways to store your coffee stem from heat, water, air, and light. For instance, storing your coffee in glass containers on the counter might be aesthetically appealing, though the light and heat exposure from the sun in the window can lead to it going stale. Similarly, storing your coffee in a container with a loose lid, no lid at all, or even leaving a bag of coffee open can also compromise the taste and quality. However, one of the worst environments might just be the one you’ve been storing your coffee in all along.
While many British people may be accustomed to storing their coffee in the fridge, it turns out that it can be one of the worst ways to keep coffee fresh. In fact, storing your coffee in the refrigerator can allow for the possibility of moisture to accumulate in your coffee, which can lead to mold — not to mention the smells from other foods can seep into the coffee as well, which can negatively affect the taste. This is even worse for those who keep their grounds or beans in the inside of the door, as there’s even more potential for moisture to accumulate when the fridge is open (and is left open) for minutes at a time. If you do find mold in your coffee, it’s very important to remove it by throwing it out, as mold can pose a health hazard when present in the home.
Cool, dry, and airtight is best
Because coffee is so vulnerable to the elements, the best way to store it is in a cool, dark, and dry place in an airtight container or proper packaging. So, instead of a fridge, keeping your coffee in the pantry with the canned goods is a much better option. In doing so, you’ll achieve a fresh taste in each cup. As for the container, an airtight and opaque one is ideal and certainly better than nothing, though if you don’t plan on brewing the coffee right away, keeping it sealed in its original bag until you’re ready to enjoy it is best.
If you drink coffee at home, it’s important to know how to properly store it so that the taste isn’t affected. With that said, doing so correctly can be simply achieved by storing your grounds or beans in a cool, dark, and dry place — such as the pantry.