What do you do to store a rare blend of coffee like Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, to savor its flavor for days? Confused? Storing coffee is a difficult process because keeping the aroma intact for days is a tough job.
So here are the tips that would help you to keep you coffee fresh for seasons:
Few things you should not do while storing coffee
Commonly it is considered that storing coffee in refrigerator is the best way to keep the flavor intact, but there are certain glitches in this case. The frozen environment inside the freezer or refrigerator allow water molecules to stick with the coffee beans forming ice, along with the other molecules of various flavor inside the freezer spoil the original taste of the coffee.
The ice on the beans melt into water and percolates inside the roasted coffee, which is porous, and this reduces its feel when you have it after days. Freezing coffee can only be an option when, the coffee is used within 1 to 2 weeks of its roasting. Refrigeration is really harmful for the coffee because the cold mist within the refrigerator softens and disintegrates the flavor molecules and scents within the coffee.
What should you do to store your gourmet coffee
You must remember that contact of coffee with water is deadly for the coffee, so preferably try to keep the beans in the usual packaging and then place it in a zipped bag for storage. You can also suck out the air inside the bag by a straw and then zip it; this will actually help the coffee stay fresh. In case of unavailability of this zipped bad, you can also wrap it in layers of plastic wrap and then cover it with foil. This might sound too much, but to keep gourmet coffee worth its investment it is essential.
The most suitable method of storing coffee which would be used within a week of its purchase is at room temperature. However, when keeping at room temperature, the levels of water, oxygen, excessive heat, influence of other flavors and direct sunlight has to be reduced and removed if possible. To make this possible, you can store your coffee in a ceramic canister with a capacity of retaining 0.5 lb to 1 lb of coffee. This canister must have a mechanism of being airtight. As filling it up to brim will seal the entry of any other molecule inside the canister, helping it to maintain its aroma. Do not go for plastic or metallic canisters as they allow plastic or metallic molecules to enter the canister messing up the coffee beans.
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