So many people diligently close their purchased bag(s) of coffee beans and put it in the fridge to preserve the freshness, after all, that is what you do to maximize the shelf life of food right? The reality is, when it comes to coffee beans, there is almost no faster way to ruin the flavor!

Purchasing high-end gourmet coffee is an investment in something extraordinary.  Protect that investment as best as you can by keeping in mind that the quickest coffee killers are exposure to oxygen, moisture, strong odors, light, heat, and time.  The following are a few key tips for best preserving your quality coffee beans (By the way… did you know they aren’t actually beans?  Stay tuned for more on that topic. ):

  • Store your coffee beans in an airtight container.
  • Keep them dry.
  • Store them in a dark environment.  
  • Avoid exposing them to strong odors of any kind.
  • Enjoy your beans within one month of the “roasted on” date.

*Since non-espresso coffee beans are best consumed a few days after roasting and you can sometimes begin to notice them slowly going stale after about a week, purchase coffee that clearly identifies when it was roasted.

  • Freezing them is strongly discouraged.  

Drinking specialty coffee is an amazing experience.  Following these tips will help ensure you get the most out of every cup.