How to Store Coffee Beans

If you grind your own coffee beans you'll need to store them whole until you're ready to use them. But what's the best way to store coffee beans? Choosing the right container makes all the difference.

How to Store Coffee Beans
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Overview
Air and moisture can destroy a good cup of coffee. The longer the coffee beans sit, the more flavor dissipates. It is best to buy fresh-roasted coffee and use it within 7 to 10 days. (Green coffee beans are an exception to the rule, because they haven't yet been roasted. Green coffee can sit in a cool location for up to year.)
Step 1
Store whole coffee beans in a dark, dry, airtight container at room temperature. Whole coffee beans will be good for about 30 days after they have been roasted.
Step 2
Store ground beans in a dark, dry, airtight container at room temperature. Ground beans will be good for about two weeks.
Step 3
Store opened coffee from a vacuum-packed tin in a dark, dry, airtight container at room temperature. Vacuum-packing the coffee removes the oxygen and carbon dioxide, which allows the coffee to stay fresh on the shelf. As soon as the tin is opened and subjected to oxygen, it begins to turn stale. The coffee will be good for only 7 to 10 days.
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It's not a good idea to store coffee in the refrigerator. The cold and moisture actually diminish the flavor of the coffee.
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It's not a good idea to store coffee in the refrigerator. The cold and moisture actually diminish the flavor of the coffee.
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