How to Keep Coffee Fresh Longer

woman enjoying fresh roasted coffee

Edited by: Tina Goyzueta

So, is it true ‘all good things must come to an end?’ While coffee technically does not come to an end, that is it does not expire, within a matter of weeks after roasting it will begin to lose its pleasing aroma and rich flavor, becoming stale. However, is there a way we can enjoy the richness, freshness, and keep coffee fresh longer? Can we ensure that our cup remains flavorful for the duration of time our purchased bag of coffee remains with us? The answer is yes – yes you can! You can easily keep your coffee fresh longer at home with these three tips.


The Trifecta Enemies of Fresh Coffee!

To understand how to keep our coffee fresh for as long as possible, we must first think of coffee as fresh produce (like our favorite fruits and veggies), and like most produce, coffee has these three unrelenting enemies:

1. Air

2. Light

3. Moisture

The best way to keep your coffee fresh is by keeping these enemies at bay and your coffee will bring you delight with every cup!


 Enemy #1: Air

air affecting coffee quality

While humans cannot go long without air (oxygen), coffee can’t go long with it! Coffee is best stored in a dry, airtight container. You may be thinking that it’s easier to keep it in the bag you bought it in, but if you want to keep your delicious coffee fresher for longer, be sure to keep your whole beans and ground coffee stored in an airtight container as constant exposure to air will degrade your coffee faster. Keep in mind that not all airtight containers are the same quality, so look for ones with a seal at the top to maximize the freshness and flavor of your coffee.


Another tip for keeping your coffee fresh is to buy whole bean coffee and then grind the exact amount of beans you need while at home also extends your coffee’s lifespan. There are many decent home grinders for a reasonable price on the market which are definitely worth the investment!


 Enemy# 2: Light

exposure to direct light

While convenience is key (who wants to look for coffee at 5 a.m.?), you want to store your coffee away from the light so it stays fresh and flavorful. Direct light degrades coffee faster so you will want to store your coffee, whether ground or whole bean, in a cool, dark area of your kitchen away from light.

While the glass, see-through coffee containers on the market look really nice (while I do not own one, I must admit: I almost bought one) these let through light so you may want to reconsider. Non-see-through or opaque coffee containers are best for the job, as these protect your precious beans from light. Nonetheless, if you already have a see-through glass container, or decide you want one anyway just be sure to keep it in a cool, dark place.

A great place to store your coffee to protect it from the light is in a cabinet or drawer in your pantry. Consider having a designated area in your kitchen so you always know where your coffee is, and so that it can stay fresh for longer!


Enemy #3: Moisture

exposure to moisture

This one likely did not surprise you. Moisture on your beans is a killer of flavor and like most other foods can cause coffee to grow mold (ewww)! Therefore, keep your coffee in a dry place and away from heat. Do not store near or above stoves or near other heat-producing appliances.

While I have seen articles saying coffee can be kept fresh in your fridge or freezer, it is the opinion of this author that you do not do that. When you store your coffee in the fridge or freezer, the humidity can cause moisture to infiltrate the packaging resulting in ruined coffee! Your fridge and freezer are prime producers of moisture and even in a sealed container, moisture could form on your coffee.

You would be better off investing in a vacuum sealer, measuring out the exact amount of coffee each day, and vacuum sealing each batch. This is the most expensive option though, so it’s best just to avoid placing your coffee in a place where it is not exposed to moisture.

 coffee beans in a glass jar

(the 3 enemies of coffee are air, light, and moisture)

Who Doesn’t Love Fresh Coffee?

Now that we’ve unmasked your coffee’s greatest enemies (air, light, & moisture) and have a better understanding of how they work to undermine the life of our coffee, here’s the game plan to longer, fresher coffee:

· Store your coffee in an airtight, opaque container.

· Away from light and in a cool, dry, dark place.

· Keep all moisture far away.

If you put this plan into practice, you will no doubt have fresh coffee that will satisfy you until the bag is done! Trust me, you will be thanking yourself as you sip on your fresh coffee each morning! If you're interested in learning more about different types of coffee beans, then check out this article by Happy DIY Home, 24 Types of Coffee Beans.

Since all our coffees are roasted and sealed the same day you order from us, you can be sure you are getting the best coffee at its peak freshness. None of our coffees are stored for months on a shelf then sold to you. Try our Bright Morning Roast and treat yourself to some of the best coffees available anywhere!

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