How to properly store your coffee

  With the price we pay for coffee granules nowadays, it isn't enough that we just place them in a jar and put them on the kitchen table.

   If higher priced gourmet blends are your preference,  it is essential that you learn to store them the proper way.

   But what is the right way to store coffee granules?

   Some say that you can freeze them or refrigerate them to prolong life. Others recommend that you place the coffee granules in packets or jars and seal them as tightly as possible.

   Others have a different storage advice for whole bean coffee and a different one for a ground coffee granules? Will the storage method matter?
Green beans

  As a general rule, green coffee beans have the best shelf life and they are very easy to store. All you have to do is to just put them inside a tightly-sealed jar and keep them in a location that is cool and dry.

  With proper storage, they can last for more than a year.


   There are, however, few people who use green beans. Perhaps because it's too much work to prepare them. You have to grind and roast them first before you can actually use them for brewing. This isn't good with people who are used to instant mixes.

Whole bean
    The shelf life of a roasted whole bean is much better than for beans that aren't roasted. A roasted whole bean can last for about 1 to 2 weeks. It's important that it be kept at standard room temperature and sealed in an air-tight containers or canisters. As much as possible, use glass canisters and avoid plastic ones as the flavor may be compromised in some way by the plastic material.

Remember to use dark-colored glass as these beans shouldn't be exposed to light in any way. Metal containers are also a no-no. Another good alternative is a ceramic container.

   Every two to three days, open the canister to release the gas that's produced by the roasted beans. One alternative to eliminate the problem of gas is to use valve bags, they allow the carbon dioxide to escape. One disadvantage is that these bags can be very expensive and quite rare.

    If your whole bean coffee isn't consumed in two weeks, then it's important to store the coffee beans in the refrigerator and freeze them. Stored like this, the coffee beans can last for a month or two. Just wrap the beans with a plastic wrap. If you need to use the beans, just grind them frozen. Once thawed, you can't use them again.

  Follow the advice in this website and you'll have your friends and family eagerly responding to your next call
"Anyone for Coffee?"

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Did You Know? - Different countries drink their coffee in different ways. The Moroccans for instance add peppercorns while those from the Middle East use cardamom and spices. Austrians love putting whipped creams into their coffee cup while the German and the Swiss like it with chocolate. Egyptians drink it black while the Italians use sugar. The Turks even use coffee in their wedding feasts.


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