storing coffee

  1. What is the Shelf Life for Coffee Beans and Grounds?

    What is the Shelf Life for Coffee Beans and Grounds?

    One of the most common questions asked about coffee is: does it expire? Well, technically no, coffee doesn’t have a fixed expiry date. However, that doesn’t mean that your 6-month old coffee bean will make the same tasting coffee from a freshly roasted bean. So how long do coffee beans and grounds last, and how do we store them properly to ensure maximum freshness? We explain below.

    Rule of Thumb

    Essentially, the finer the grind, the shorter the shelf life of your coffee ground. But that doesn’t mean that a whole coffee bean is safe from the elements. The moment coffee beans are roasted, they gradually lose their flavour due to oxidation, heat, light, and moisture in the air. The way you store your beans or ground also plays an important factor on the speed at which they lose their aroma and flavour profiles.

    Roasted Coffee Beans

    [caption id="attachment_8230" align="alignnone" width="1500"]a shelf filled with coffee bags Consider buying your next batch of coffee beans from specialty cafes or small-batch roasters for fresher beans. Photo from Leilani Angel.[/caption] When purchasing roasted beans, always check the roasting date as its average life span is approximately 4 to 5 weeks. We are familiar with store-bought beans having an expiry date of 12-24 months, which is why they tend to produce less satisfactory brews than our favourite cafes. Consider getting your beans from small-batch roasters that only roast a few kilos of beans each time to ensure none are left on the shelf by the end of the day. Another alternative is specialty cafes like
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  2. All About the Bean: From Grinding to Storage

    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% Arab
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