Your lovely coffee beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light. Coffee is a perishable product that needs lots of care to keep it tasting at it's best.
Let's look at the four key factors which can impact on the taste and longevity of your coffee.
This is coffee's biggest opponent! Letting air into your coffee will quickly affect it's taste and aroma. Always keep your coffee as airtight as possible.
Carnival Coffee Roasters' recyclable packaging comes with a one way air valve which lets air out but not in, so ideal for storing your coffee. When you open your bag to make a coffee make sure the bag is sealed properly and give it a good squeeze when you close it to get rid of the air. This will all help your coffee stay fresher for longer.
You can also invest in storage canisters with an airtight seal.We love airscape for home coffee storage. This delightful storage canister has a patented lid to actively remove and lock out air to preserve and protect freshness and flavour.
Light exposure can quickly turn your coffee stale. This is why it's important to keep your coffee in a bag or container that keeps out light. Keep your beans in a dark and cool location (not in the fridge and away from oxygen)
Letting moisture into your stored coffee will quickly make it taste bad and could even make it mouldy. Keeping your coffee somewhere consistently cool and dry is key! Somewhere such as a cupboard away from any appliances that cause heat or steam is the ideal place.
Any substantial changes in temperature speeds up the processes that causes coffee to perish. A cool and consistent temperature is the best place for your coffee. So room temperature is ideal.Our top tips
- Buy the right about of coffee that you are planning on drinking in the next few weeks. Coffee begins to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting. Try to buy smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee more frequently.
- Check out the roasting date on your coffee and ensure you rest it post roast. We recommend 2 weeks for coffee roasted for espresso coffee and xxxxx for filter coffee.
- Buy your coffee as beans and grind fresh each time you use it, (your coffee will age quicker if it is ground).
The Questions you ask -
Should coffee be stored in the fridge?
Coffee is porous and can take on the odors of other items in your fridge as well as water and can make the beans stale quicker. We recommend that you do not store coffee in your fridge.
How long can I continue to drink my coffee?
Coffee beans do not have an expiry date; however, they will lose their wonderful aroma and taste after a few months if not stored correctly. For this reason, you must have a great storage solution and we recommend drinking your coffee within 6 weeks.