How to keep ground coffee fresh has always been placed as the top priority for any coffee lovers, regardless of their status as a professional brewer or an amateur enthusiast. In this blog post, I will walk you through five ultimate tips to prolong the freshness of your ground coffee.
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How To Keep Ground Coffee Fresh?
Keep Your Coffee Dry
It is essential that your ground coffee is kept away from all sources of liquid while storing. The reason for this is very straightforward: soggy ground coffee can affect the quality of your brew massively. Furthermore, damp ground coffee might be the ideal environment for mould to grow, which presents a health hazard.
It is suggested that you avoid storing your coffee in the fridge or on shelves above your stove.
How important is this tip: This is one of the most vital must-dos if you want to end up with a satisfying cuppa.
Control Your Storage Conditions
Many professionals emphasize the importance of keeping your storage conditions in check. For example, heat and light can severely damage the quality of your ground beans. Therefore, it is best to keep your coffee in a well-enclosed pantry or cabinet, rather than out in the open, and away from direct (and indirect) heat sources.
How important is this tip: This is as important as the previous tip.
Freeze After Grinding
I believe we can mutually agree that very few of us have the time and patience to grind fresh beans every day. If you find yourself outside of that fresh-ground-coffee-everyday social circle, freeze your ground coffee during the weekend and keep it frozen in the freezer.
The coffee will retain most of its initial flavour as long as you store them in an airtight container, with no direct moisture and sunlight exposure.
How important is this tip: Personally, I don’t think it is as important. Normally, I would grind two to three days’ worth of coffee and store them normally.
Choosing The Right Container
As I have mentioned above, your container should allow the coffee to stay completely away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture.
The more preferred materials for your container are ceramic, metal or glass. Additionally, the container exterior should be solid, rather than clear and see-through able.
How important is this tip: I don’t find this tip very significant, to be honest. As long as the above conditions are met, it is absolutely fine to keep the coffee in a carefully sealed paper bag.
Pick Your Source Smartly
When shopping for ground coffee, I would try to avoid going to the supermarket as it is very hard to identify the exact period of time the coffee has been on the shelves. Instead, I often opt for local coffee shops, where daily beans grinding is a must.
Nevertheless, if you are determined to buy ground coffee at supermarkets, remember to go for the valve-sealed products rather than the vacuum-sealed ones.
How important is this tip: This trick is definitely significant for most of us as we tend to buy already ground coffee rather than going through the hard work at home.
My Final Say
These tips and tricks about how to keep ground coffee fresh might sound like a burden at first, but trust me! Carrying out each and every one of these pieces of advice is exactly how you can be satisfied with the flavour of your morning cuppa.