How to properly store your
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?
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.
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.
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
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
Follow the advice in this website and you'll have your friends and family
eagerly responding to your next call of
"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
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