Storing Coffee Beans
The quality of coffee beans depends on how people would store them and be sensitive to the various forces that would allow it to lose its fine quality after harvesting. A good thing to note is that exposing these beans to open air contributes to losing its actual quality. This is why it has been a practice to keep coffee in tightly sealed containers so that people can consume them at any time they would wish.
Storing them as well in cold temperatures, help retain its level of freshness. Freezing them is a good practice especially for coffee beans that are not immediately consumed and are meant for storing. This allows people to consume them at any time they wish wherever they are.
It should also be good to note not to place them beside aromatic food such as garlic and onions. Coffee beans absorb odors and once placed beside high aromatic elements, chances are that the coffee beans would solicit their smell.
Coffee bean's two greatest enemies are air and moisture. Ideally, coffee should be ground, brewed, and consumed quickly to obtain the best flavor.
Coffee beans are at their peak within 24 to 72 hours after roasting and begin to quickly stale after that (within a week, most of the original flavor will have deteriorated). It is best to buy fresh-roasted coffee in quantities that you will use within 7 to 10 days. I, personally recommend grinding your beans as you need them and storing the whole beans in an airtight container. With that said, following are some guidelines for storing coffee beans:
Store your coffee in the bags it came in if they are heat sealed film or foil. Once these bags have been opened, you can either transfer the coffee to a clean, dry, air-tight container, or simply roll the top of the bag closed, forcing out as much air as possible, and seal the bag with a piece of tape or a rubber band.
Whole Coffee Beans - Should be stored in an airtight container in a dry dark, place at room temperature. they will be at their best for about a month after they are roasted (most fine coffees are roasted just before they are sold).
Ground Beans - Ground beans don's stay fresh as long as whole beans because more surface area is exposed. Keep ground beans in an airtight container in a a dry dark, place at room temperature for approximately two weeks.
Vacuum-Pack Coffee - Coffee that is sold in vacuum-packed tins has had oxygen and carbon dioxide removed, a process that keep the coffee fresh. Once the can is opened, the coffee will be in its prime for 7 to 10 days.
Freezing or Refrigerating Coffee Beans - It is generally not recommended to store coffee beans in the freezer or refrigerator. The enemies of coffee are extreme temperatures (hot or cold), air, light, moisture, and strong odors.
The freezer is acceptable only for a one-time shot. What this means, is that once you take it out of the freezer, it should never go back in. Condensation can form and adversely affect taste, as the frozen moisture on your coffee will melt and be absorbed into the bean, which deplete the flavorful oils.
The freshness of coffee is something that will always be desired by people who are addicted to drinking their usual brew. Maintaining their desired quality for the coffee consumption is something that the coffee addicts will always want to follow. The improper storage proceedings such as leaving a container or sachet open are contributing factors to eventual spoilage of the vacuum packed quality of the granulated beans.
It is best to either seal the pack of coffee or seal them tightly in the usual bottles and jars where they are placed after the first drink has been prepared and served. Coffee has its delicate aspects of preservation. It is not purely about store and consume at anytime they would want coffee.
This especially holds true for the normal consumers who will always have coffee in tow in their homes. For all we know, coffee may be spoiled constantly if a person does not give due attention towards maintaining the proper quality of aroma and taste that the usual cup brings to them.