We recently received a question on how to store our coffee. I thought it'd be a great conversation to share as I know it's a common question people have about coffee. Here's the conversation:
I know what you're going to say, Pre-grind your coffee!?! I know, but I do it quite often at home. I'm looking at hand grinders now, but in the meantime, I've been grinding my coffee a couple times a week for my morning pour-over. And to tell you the truth, I don't think the coffee suffers at all. In fact, at our shop, we pre-grind our coffee at least an hour in advance. I personally think it tastes and brews better.
At our shop, Seven Market & Cafe, we always have fresh coffee on hand. We purposefully grind our drip coffee 1 to 2 hours before brewing. At that point, the bloom is active but not nuclear reactive...where the reaction looks like a mushroom cloud.
So to re-cap our easy recommendation for storing coffee:
- Store your coffee, whole beans or grounds, in an air-tight container. You can get fancy containers, or just use a ziploc bag.
- Store the container in a cool, dry place. The fridge or freezer is not recommended.
There are quite a few coffee storage canisters on the market. Just check Amazon and you'll see quite a few. I've used a couple different ones over the years. Recently I've used this Friis Coffee Vault for about a year before I broke the clasp off. I bought and gave this Blink One Coffee Canister as a gift. It seemed pretty solid.
The best coffee storage container, in my opinion, is actually free! Currently we use a large Adam's Peanut Butter jar at home. I think it's a 36 oz size or something. Basically it's an old school glass jar. We can toss it in the dishwasher to clean. If it breaks, we eat a lot of peanut butter, so we can get another one for free. It's air-tight and dry. I like the glass because we can gauge very easily how much coffee we have left, as long as we keep it out of the sun and in a cool, dry place. It's perfect!