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Storing Coffee Properly: The Key to Maximum Freshness
Since ground coffee degrades quickly, purchasing it in whole bean form is the best defense against a flavorless brew. Gourmet coffee packaged in a sealed one-way (degassing) valve bag and left unopened at room temperature will taste virtually identical to fresh-roasted coffee for up to three months. Once a one-way valve bag is opened, however, the staling process begins.
|To extend the freshness of whole beans from an opened bag, keep out a week’s supply of beans and transfer them to a small, airtight ceramic or glass container away from heat and light. Choose one with a rubber-rimmed lid that seals well. Place any remaining beans in a freezer bag, making certain to force out as much air as possible before closing the bag. Store the bag in a section of the freezer away from the door to limit temperature changes. Remove only the beans needed for brewing each week and return the remainder to the freezer quickly to avoid thawing and refreezing, as this will create moisture on the beans and destroy freshness. Beans removed from the freezer for immediate brewing should be brought to room temperature before being ground. When kept in the freezer, whole bean coffee will retain much of its flavor for up to two months.
A note of caution: Do not store coffee in the refrigerator. Coffee beans are very porous and will take on the flavors of refrigerated foods as easily as they do their own coffee cherries. Berry-like notes absorbed by coffee beans during their maturation and processing are highly-prized qualities in the cup; whereas beans laced with the flavors of cabbage, fish, or onion resulting from refrigerator storage are another matter entirely.
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