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How to Store Coffee Beans for Freshness

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Fresher Coffee Beans

When it comes to buying coffee beans you want to make sure you’re not spending more money than you need to. That means making sure you store them properly.

How to Keep Your Coffee Beans Fresh

The first thing is to keep your coffee away from light, heat, moisture, and air. If you don’t you’ll end up with stale coffee or even molded coffee. Keeping your beans stored in a sealed container in a cool, dark place is going to be your best bet.

You might hear that freezing the beans will let you store them longer and while that may be true it’s not going to keep the flavor and the freshness alive.

Refrigerating your coffee beans is another thing you should be avoiding. You want to make sure that you are keeping the beans away from the moisture that can get into them in the fridge.

Keep your beans away from the oven as well. You shouldn’t store them too close to this area of your kitchen because every time you turn the oven on it throws off heat, all over your kitchen.

Getting a specific container that is non-reactive and airtight as well as being opaque will help you protect your beans. This also helps retain the taste and smell of the coffee without absorbing anything else from the surrounding area.

The container you use for your coffee beans should always be airtight. This keeps the flavor in and keeps the air out. Not to mention it can keep out most of the moisture.

If you’re really concerned about keeping your beans fresh you can buy and store them raw until you’re ready to use them. Green coffee beans will hold their flavor for a long time and you can roast them as needed.

Pre-Ground vs. Whole Beans

If you want a really good cup of coffee then whole beans are the way to go. They retain their flavor for a lot longer and you’ll get a cup of coffee that tastes as it should.

Pre-ground coffee is easier to use but it’s already lost a lot of the flavor by the time it gets to you. Not only that but it’s not going to last as long.

The Enemy of Coffee Freshness

The biggest enemies to the freshness of your coffee are air, moisture, heat, light, and the roast. You want to keep the coffee away from all of these ingredients to make it last as long as possible and retain the best flavor.

Darker roasted coffees are another thing to avoid as they will get stale faster than light roasts. If you really prefer a dark roast you’ll need to store it carefully and use it up quickly.

How Long Do Coffee Beans Last?

Coffee beans will last differently depending on how they’re stored. Paper bags will only store coffee for about a week. One-way valve foil bags last about two weeks. Airtight containers will make it last longer.


Getting your coffee to taste great is about avoiding heat, air, moisture and light. Once you’re able to do this you’ll be able to keep your coffee tasting better.

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