Keep reading to find out how to get the most from your coffee beans…
Fresh is best and only buy enough to last you a couple of weeks. The aromatic compounds that gives coffee its flavour and smell are volatile. They slowly leach from the coffee, so the older it is –the less interesting it will taste.
Coffee Bean Storage
Store in the bag or in an air-tight container. Keep your coffee beans somewhere dark and dry. You can keep your coffee sealed in the tin-tie bag it arrives in or transfer it to an air-tight container. This helps to stop the coffee from picking up surrounding aromas and flavours, especially if your coffee is ground. It will keep it fresher for longer. Store it away in a dark, dry place. Please – Don’t put it in the fridge or freezer!
Grinding Your Coffee Beans
Grinding coffee exposes more of it to the air, which means the coffee will go stale more quickly. Ideally grind your coffee just before you brew. If you don’t have a grinder/cutter, then try to buy smaller amounts of ground coffee, more frequently.
The type of grind you use will be determined by the method of brewing you are going to use. From espresso/stove top – fine – to Plunger – coarser.