The lifespan of coffee
The shelf life of coffee and concern for coffee freshness is one of the keys that sets the specialty coffee industry apart. How do you store coffee to keep it as fresh as possible? Coffee too cold, is it possible? Here are the answers to the questions we are asked most often.
Filter coffee: Filter coffee only needs a few days to be at its best. 3 to 7 days from the roasting date is enough to be optimal. If properly stored, it will keep for up to 14 days, when after that it will gradually begin to lose its aromatic qualities, but will still be acceptable, especially if combined with milk.
Espresso: Compared to filter coffee, espresso needs a minimum of 7 days to degas. It will be at its most stable from 10 to 14 days. Then, if stored in an airtight container, it will keep for 2 weeks up to a month. Thereafter, it will lose its aromatic qualities, but will retain its coffee taste, its body and its sweet taste.
Ground coffee: As soon as the coffee is ground, it loses its freshness. This is why we particularly recommend the purchase of coffee beans paired with a good coffee grinder. For those who cannot afford a quality grinder, it will be preferable to grind their coffee in small quantities using a good grinder. Pre-ground coffee with the correct grind will still be better than coffee with the wrong grind.
Espresso grind: It is best to grind the espresso just before machine infusion in order to preserve its aromatic qualities and all its subtleties. As soon as the coffee is ground and comes into contact with the air, it gives off a lot of its aromas.
Coffee Containers: The best coffee containers are airtight and airtight. Tupperware containers, ziploc bags, mason jars are options, but the best coffee containers are ones with a one-way valve like the Atmos Container .
Does the coffee freeze? Indeed, coffee can be stored in the freezer to extend its shelf life. However, it is very important that it be tightly packed in order to be airtight. It is therefore recommended to place the bag or airtight container of coffee inside a Ziploc bag before freezing it. Be careful, you must prevent condensation from entering it and degrading the coffee. It is therefore not recommended to take it out frequently.