How to store coffee beans - what you didn't know you needed to know

In Italy we try really hard to preserve all our artistic beauties. And what about coffee?!

Coffee is so loved all over the world, but its preservation is often overlooked. The way you store your coffee can greatly affect the flavor and quality of your drink. Let’s see how to properly store coffee, both beans and powder, to taste a real work of art at every sip.

Storage of coffee beans

No air!
Coffee beans should be stored in an airtight container to prevent air, humidity, and sunlight from affecting the flavor. Use a glass container or a stainless one.

No light!
Coffee beans should be stored in a cool, dark place. Avoid storing it near heat sources such as the stove or the oven.

No cold!
Many people think that coffee should be stored in the fridge or freezer, but that’s a huge no no! In fact, this can alter the flavor, because of the temperature and the moisture inside the fridge.
Italian coffee likes it hot! (well, not hot, mostly room temperature)

Storage of ground coffee
Same rules for ground coffee: keep it in an airtight container, away from direct light and heat, in a cool and dark place. BUT! We have another tip:

Good thing come to an end
Keep ground coffee for a limited period. It quickly loses its aroma and flavor once the package is opened. Recommendation is to use it within a couple of weeks of opening the package.

Remember these rules to enjoy your Italian coffee at its very best, every time!