Buying fresh roasted coffee (or fresh ground coffee) with the aim of making a barista-quality cup at home is all well and good. As is going for the ultimate fresh coffee by roasting your own green coffee beans at home, which can be a seriously satisfying experience.
But for how long does fresh roasted coffee actually stay fresh, once it has been processed? More importantly, is there anything you can do to preserve the freshness of your coffee beans or grounds, beyond their standard shelf life?
As you’d expect, different rules apply when it comes to the different types of coffees available. Depending on whether you pick up whole bean coffee, ground coffee or raw coffee beans (i.e. unroasted coffee beans), you’ll be looking at the following approximate shelf lives:
Here are some rules of thumb when it comes to coffee freshness:
Of course, just because any of the above coffees are technically past their prime does not mean they won’t still produce an enjoyable cup. It’s just that the resulting coffee will not be nearly as enjoyable as it would have been when the beans (or grounds) were at their freshest.
Once coffee beans have been ground, there isn’t a lot that can be done to preserve their freshness. This is why it is a good idea to get into the habit of grinding right before brewing - never too far in advance.
With whole bean coffee, the key to preserving freshness lies in storing them in a container with as little excess air as possible. If it’s something you have access to, a vacuum sealer is an invaluable tool for storing spare coffee beans long-term.
If not, a zip-lock bag will do - use a straw to suck out as much air as possible, before closing it tightly.
After which, store the vacuum-sealed bags of beans in a cool, dry and dark location - perhaps inside an additional box or container of some kind to keep them safe.
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