When it comes to coffee storage, there are plenty of helpful rundowns and reliable sources, and most experts will tell you that you should avoid exposing your coffee to four main enemies: oxygen, heat, humidity, and sunlight.
With that in mind, we recommend doing a few basic things to keep your coffee fresh, and they won't cost you too much money, time, or sanity.
Our TekPak Omnidegradable coffee bags are sealed to keep your coffee as fresh as possible, and they are designed to block light (one of coffee's enemies). They also have a valve that lets out only Carbon Dioxide, which coffee releases after its roasted. It does this while also keeping oxygen out. Each of these features helps keep your coffee fresher for longer.
We know it's not ideal that our packaging isn't re-sealable, and we absolutely understand if you're frustrated by that.
We spent a lot of time and effort researching the best choices for compostable or biodegradable bags, and we had to make some trade offs. Unfortunately, we had to forego a re-sealable feature. We hope the tips in this article help you.
We also know that when opening our bags, they can rip unevenly and cause beans to spill out. It's not ideal. If this has happened to you, we apologize. Again, the bag material is the result of us looking for the best possible bag for the environment. We suggest using a pair of scissors to open your bag next time.
It's true: 12 ounces of coffee fits perfectly into a 32 (fluid) ounce mason jar, and you can blame the Imperial system of measurement for that confusing bit of math and wording.
You can toss the jars and the lids right into the dishwasher once you're done with them, and they are great for storing a ton of other kitchen items: dry beans, rice, nuts.
One great bonus with mason jars is that glass is non-reactive, unlike other storage solutions made of metals or plastic. This means that it won't interfere with the flavor of the coffee. It also means that, generally speaking, the coffee oils are much easier to clean from glass than in other materials.
If you don't go through a lot of coffee each day and are worried about exposing your coffee to oxygen too often by opening one large jar every day, consider getting sets of smaller 16 oz jars. You can also re-use old jars from jams or sauces - just make sure you wash the lid thoroughly so that no flavors make their way into the coffee.
A cabinet, pantry, or cupboard should be a perfect spot for your jars. So long as they are in the dark most of the day, you shouldn't have to worry about light degrading your coffee. If you want to take an extra light-blocking step, you can find amber-colored light-blocking mason jars.
If you're worried about heat, try storing your beans in a room or cabinet away from direct sunlight. To a certain extent, in the summer months it's hard to avoid exposing coffee to hotter temps. It's a fact of life.
Whatever you do, don't store your coffee in the fridge or freezer. Rapid shifts in temperature can create changes in moisture and condensation within the bags or jars, which can make your coffee taste dull or stale.
You can make cold brew with stale coffee, so don't waste those beans even if you think they've passed their peak.