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Does this sound familiar?
Do you store your coffee in the bag you got it in and in the refrigerator?
Stop doing it! Here's why:
Coffee stored in the refrigerator can absorb moisture - and odors and flavors - from the air around it because it's hygroscopic (big fancy word, huh?) Just like the baking soda you keep in your fridge for that very reason.

 

Here are some better ways to store your coffee after you've opened the bag:

Ground coffee

Ground Coffee

  • Store your opened bag of coffee on a pantry shelf or in your cupboard in an airtight, opaque container away from light, heat and moisture.
  • If you don't have an airtight container, close the bag with a rubber band and then place that bag in a resealable plastic bag. (Also keep away from light, heat and moisture.) Or you can buy one of our own airtight canisters!
  • Because ground coffee has an increased exposure to oxygen, it will generally last about 1 - 2 weeks stored this way before it should be replaced.
Whole Bean Coffee

Whole Bean Coffee

  • Buy only what you need for 1 - 2 weeks for optimal freshness. Coffee tastes the best when it's brewed right after grinding the beans.
  • If you buy whole bean coffee in larger amounts, then portion it out into smaller bags or containers and put the larger amount into an airtight container.
  • Again, keep all coffee (whole or ground) away from heat, light, and moisture.

Is it okay to freeze your coffee?

 Well, it depends.
It's fine to freeze whole beans for up to two months in an airtight container as long as you're not taking them in and out during that time period. Any longer than that in the freezer and you'll end up with freezer burn on your beans.

Frozen coffee beans

"For a large amount of coffee, first divide it into smaller portions, then freeze the portions in airtight bags," recommends Robert Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the National Coffee Association

If you freeze the coffee you use every day, the continuous fluctuation in temperature will create moisture in the bag, which can make your morning brew taste like cardboard...or worse. That's because the cell structure changes in the bean when exposed to moisture, which causes a loss of oils that give coffee its wonderful aroma and flavor.

When you finally do remove your smaller packaged frozen beans, put them on a shelf to thaw, and grind and brew within two weeks so the coffee truly is good to the very last drop.