By Guest Blogger Katie McCree
Can coffee beans go bad? And how do I tell if coffee beans are already bad?
I get this question quite often, and the short answer is: yes. Coffee beans can and will eventually go bad. As soon as coffee beans are roasted, they begin to lose their flavor freshness. That’s why it’s essential to know how and where to store your choicest coffee beans.
When to toss
After about a month in proper storage, it’s a good idea to toss any unused beans to ensure optimal freshness. If your beans look glossy and leave a residue on your hands, those beans are fresh and ready to grind.
What to store with
The most important factors in coffee bean storage are avoiding light, oxygen, and heat. These three components can compromise your beans’ freshness quickly, so finding a proper storage container is of the utmost importance. While it may be tempting to display your beautiful coffee beans in a clear container, light exposure is detrimental to preserving the beans’ freshness and longevity. A great option for coffee bean storage is a simple, stainless steel container.
Where to store
Another important factor in container selection is finding an air-tight component for your coffee beans – and storing that component in a cool place. If that cool place is your refrigerator, however, you’d better stop there. Humidity is no friend to coffee beans, and your fridge generates an awful lot of it. A kitchen countertop should do the trick, as long as the container isn’t near an oven or another heat source.
Coffee is a critical point of our culture and a staple of most people’s diets. If you truly want to enjoy your cup of joe in the morning, proper storage is crucial to pouring the perfect cup.
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