We all know that warm, swirling scent of earthy goodness. The fragrance that perks us up in the morning and catapults the rhythm of our day.
At the heart of every good cup of coffee is fresh beans.
Grinding coffee beans at home is the central component to maintaining the freshest flavor and wonderful warm aroma. It also allows you to control the grind size, but one must be cautious as coffee starts to lose its freshness, flavor, and aroma immediately after grinding.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep your coffee fresh after grinding.
9 Handy Tips To Keep Coffee Fresh After Grinding
Many people are guilty of not storing their coffee properly after grinding, which can lead to a stale and bitter cup of Joe. Here are effective 9 tips that will help you maintain freshness for your morning brew.
1. Store In A Cool And Dry Place
Ground coffee and humidity are the worst enemies. Storing it in a cool, dry place will help coffee remain fresh. Avoid the refrigerator or above and next to the stove when choosing a place to store them. Your best bet is to keep your freshly ground beans in a pantry or kitchen cabinet.
2. Keep In A Opaque Container Or Dark Spot
Another good reason to choose a pantry or cabinet as your storage zone is the importance of keeping the fresh grounds out of sunlight and direct heat. If a pantry or dark kitchen cabinet are not available options, elect for a well-sealed opaque container.
Heat damages coffee because it breaks down the molecules faster, resulting in decreased freshness. Light further hurts it because it breaks down pigments and proteins within the bean, making the coffee less pleasing over time.
3. Use An Airtight Coffee Canister With Carbon Dioxide Vent
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To drive some of our previous tips home, the container in which you store ground coffee beans is integral to keeping them at top-notch levels of flavor.
When storing fresh grounds, you want CO2 to release steadily, but you also want to keep oxygen and odors out. This helps to prevent oxidation and extend shelf life.
Once ground, coffee reacts with oxygen in the air and all the aromatics, acids, and oils that give a coffee a great taste start to oxidize. If not appropriately stored in a sealed container, the fresh grounds begin to lose their flavor intensity as soon as 30 minutes after grinding and become stale and even bitter.
So, when you pay for prime quality whole beans or ground coffee, a glass jar with a flimsy lid won’t do to store it. Also, avoid using plastic containers, as they could be porous. Using them could lead to odors seeping into the taste of your coffee, as well as light and heat.
If you are a regular coffee drinker, it makes sense to invest in a purpose-built airtight coffee storage container that locks in the freshness, flavor, and aroma so you can have a perfect cup every time.
The best way to keep your fresh grounds or beans full of flavor is to get a versatile yet straightforward coffee storage container like the one below.
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This storage container will last you for years and is a must-have coffee tool for any java lover.
4. Keep Away The Odors
Did you know coffee fresh grounds are great at absorbing odor?
The nitrogen within a coffee bean acts as a neutralizer to any surrounding foul smells. While this can be great when needed, having those orders seep into your fresh grounds will alter the aroma and flavor once brewed.
So, once again, be sure to store your ground coffee beans in an airtight container for ultimate freshness.
5. Grind It Just Before You Brew It
Most coffee-lovers know to grind the exact amount of beans needed for a serving of coffee. It may be tempting to grind all your beans at once, so it would be ready when you want it. Still, coffee begins to lose its freshness shortly after being ground.
So, especially if you don’t have a good storage option for your fresh ground, only grind what you need right before brewing.
I would also like to note that oxidation occurs not only after grinding the beans; it can occur during transport, storage, roasting, grinding, brewing, and even with improper brewing techniques.
Once the coffee has finished brewing, you should drink it quickly before oxygen can react with it again. Of course, make sure you don’t burn yourself and take time to enjoy it.
6. Keep Your Grinder Clean
Cleaning your grinder is essential to producing a fresh cup of java.
While it isn’t necessarily a tactic to keep your coffee fresh, a dirty grinder can instantly ruin it. Coffee beans produce varying amounts of oil that can get trapped throughout the device.
Don’t sabotage the care you’ve put into sustaining your ground beans—clean out your grinder regularly.
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7. Purchase Less
It always feels like a smart move to buy things in bulk. Doing so saves time and money, right?
Perhaps. However, buying coffee in bulk inevitably sacrifices flavor.
Buy a bag of coffee beans frequently and at the rate at which you consume them. Doing so will help you remain confident that your coffee beans, ground or whole, are fresh, recently roasted or grounded, and capable of brewing up a perfect cup of Joe.
And that will lead nicely to my next point about maintaining a constant supply of coffee at maximum freshness.
8. Skip The Coffee Aisle
Most supermarkets aren’t that interested in coffee quality or freshness. You could be buying something that is weeks or even months post-roast.
If you are after barista-worthy beans, check out your local coffee roasters or sign up for a coffee subscription service.
When buying coffee from local roasters, tried and trusted coffee shops, or a dedicated subscription service, you have a better chance of getting fresh beans that haven’t been sitting on a grocery store shelf for months at a time.
Plus, supporting local shops and businesses is a great way to invest in your community!
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9. Freeze It
Now, this recommendation comes with a bit of hesitation.
If you choose to freeze your excess fresh grounds, proceed with caution. The best way to ensure moisture does not seep in is by vacuum-sealing the freezer bag.
This method mainly applies when you need to save and store your ground coffee for the long term.
Frozen vacuum-sealed ground coffee can keep its unique natural flavor notes for up to two years. Frozen but NOT vacuum sealed grounds will maintain the best quality for about 2 to 3 months.
If you try these storage and freshness tips and tricks above, you will be sure to have consistently fresh coffee waiting for you each morning. But sometimes things happen, and ground coffee may fall under your radar and go unused.
If you find yourself with stale grounds, don’t throw them away just yet, you can use them for other purposes! Compost it, neutralize bad smells in your fridge, repel insects, make natural cleaning scrub, and the list goes on.
Ground Coffee vs. Whole Beans
The debate over buying ground coffee versus whole beans has been an ongoing debate for quite some time. Those who root for store-bought ground coffee typically cite the convenience factor.
It’s not hard to admit that the ease of pre-ground coffee does hold its weight in the argument—especially on a frantic morning. However, buying whole beans and grinding them yourself gives you more control over your coffee’s flavor, freshness, and quantity.
It can also save you money! By purchasing whole beans, grinding them as you go, and implementing the storage and freshness tips and tricks above, you will see the joy this process infuses into the start of each day.
Tools You Will Need For Brewing The Perfect Cup Of Java
Ready to start grinding and brewing? Now that you know how to keep it fresh, you can start to grind your coffee beans at home!
Here’s a list of supplies you need to get started today:
- Fresley roasted Arabica, Robusta or Liberica whole beans, of course.
- A storage system. It’s time to gather your opaque, airtight storage jars. And remember, ceramic and metal are the best assurance at maintaining fresh grounds.
- A scale. Having a scale will help control the amount of beans you grind to ensure you don’t grind more than you plan to use at any one time.
- A coffee grinder—you know what this is for! Check out how I am grinding my coffee beans in NutriBullet.
- A teapot or kettle for hot water.
- Espresso machine or maker, Aeropress, coffee bag, siphon pot, French press, percolator, pour-over coffee maker to make your brew.
- Beautiful borosilicate glass double-walled mug.
Guess what? That’s it! Grind, brew, sip, and enjoy—your mornings will thank you.
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