All About the Bean: From Grinding to Storage
So, you’ve treated yourself to a fresh bag of coffee beans. How do you care for the coffee beans to make sure your morning java stays fresh for as long as possible? Better care of coffee beans makes better-tasting coffee ― and that’s something all of us would appreciate in the morning to boost our energy for the day ahead. For the best cup of coffee, it comes down to knowing the different sizes of grind, how you properly store your beans, and what you should do to maximise the freshness and flavour. Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your caffeine hit. Read on to find out the best way to keep your coffee fresh.

Buy just the right amount

[caption id="attachment_6436" align="alignnone" width="2560"]weighing a scoop of coffee beans The best way to ensure the freshness of your coffee is to buy less, but more frequently. Photo from Victor Munoz[/caption] The best way to enjoy your coffee is when it’s fresh. Your coffee beans begin to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting. The best way to ensure the freshness of your coffee is to buy less, enough for one or two weeks, but more frequently. The life span of your roasted coffee beans is approximately 4 to 5 weeks. Coffee beans older than that will not make you sick, but it will never taste as good as when it’s fresh. Here's more reasons why you should care about your coffee bean's roasting date. Our Kimbo Espresso Coffee Beans 100% Arabica comes in a 250g pack, suitable for average consumption. The coffee blend makes an aromatic espresso with fruity tones, velvety consistency, and an intense, lingering aftertaste. Shop here.

Grind just before brewing

[caption id="attachment_6439" align="alignnone" width="969"]Dedica Conical Burr Grinder To ensure coffee freshness, only grind the amount that you need before brewing. Featuring Dedica Conical Burr Grinder. Photo from De’Longhi[/caption] Grind only as much as you need, so each cup of coffee you make is as fresh as the first. Make a habit of purchasing a small batch of whole beans and only grind the amount that you need before brewing. When coffee beans are ground, they are exposed to oxygen and lose carbon dioxide, which helps to preserve the freshness of the coffee. Coffee beans will then start to oxidise. A good rule of thumb is to grind your beans within ten minutes of brewing. It’s easy to grind your beans at home with our Dedica Conical Burr Grinder. With two grinding wheels and eighteen grind settings, the Dedica Conical Burr Grinder allows total control on the setting to grind coffee to your liking. The coffee grinder is also perfect for any amount of coffee, from one to fourteen cups at a time. Shop here.

Store your coffee in an airtight container

[caption id="attachment_6441" align="alignnone" width="1054"]coffee beans in an airtight container Store your beans in a vacuum-sealed or airtight container and place it in a cool and dry space. Featuring the Vacuum Coffee Canister. Photo from De’Longhi[/caption] Your coffee beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light. Next to its retail packaging, which is generally not ideal for long-term storage. Store your coffee beans in an opaque container as the light will compromise the flavour, at a cool, dry and dark location as temperature may also deteriorate the flavour. A cabinet near the oven will be too warm and a spot on your kitchen countertop often gets strong afternoon sun, so your cupboard should be perfect. Invest in our Vacuum Coffee Canister, which is ideal to store all types of coffee ― coffee beans, ground coffee, coffee pods, and filter coffee. The vacuum-packed container ensures that your coffee is always kept fresh. Shop here.

Now, let’s take a look at some popular coffee myths

[caption id="attachment_6442" align="alignnone" width="2560"]coffee beans in a paper bag Let’s dispel some popular coffee-storage myths. Photo from Alex Gudino[/caption] Should coffee be stored in the refrigerator? The freezer? A coffee canister? A glass jar? There are one too many myths wandering around the coffee world about the proper ways to store coffee and how to take better care of the beans, but we are here to debunk them for you.
  • The fresher, the better
False! You may want to start grinding your coffee beans and brewing them within ten to fourteen days after roasting. It’s important to let your coffee sit for ten to fourteen days after roasting. During the earlier days after roasting, the beans are rapidly degassing (releasing carbon dioxide gases). The beans will then become hygroscopic as their moisture content decreases. Using the beans straight away will expose them to moisture. As moisture seeps into the beans, they become stale much quicker, affecting your coffee extraction and its flavour.
  • The coffee’s retail packing is sufficient
False! It’s best to store your beans in a vacuum-sealed or airtight container and place it in a cool and dry space such as your cupboard in the kitchen. Properly storing your beans this way can make them stay fresh for six to eight weeks.
  • Freeze your coffee beans
False! Do not put your coffee beans in the refrigerator or the freezer ― seriously, don’t do it. By science, coffee is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs moisture, odour, and taste from the air around it. You wouldn’t want your coffee aroma and flavours to be tainted by Chinese food takeaways and Thai leftovers.