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The Best Place to Store your Freshly Roasted Coffee is in an airtight container. Store it in a cool dark place. Make sure you do not put it near a heat source.
Don't be alarmed if the top pops off your container. This is the gases escaping from your freshly roasted coffee. The gases escape from the freshly roasted coffee beans for the first few days. Just put the lid back on. It usually doesn't happen more than once.
We do not recommend putting your coffee beans in the refrigerator or the freezer. The goal is to keep the moisture away from the beans.
Coffee is porous. The beans absorb the coffee flavoring syrups and oils that are used to make the flavored coffee. However, coffee can also absorb other things like the smells of seafood or fruit. It can also absorb the moisture that your refrigerator or freezer produces. This moisture gets inside the beans and it begins to deteriorate.
When coffee is roasted, the beans release their oils and essences to give the coffee its distinct flavor (oils more predominant in darker roasts). The oils break down in the freezer and the flavor begins to deteriorate.
Storing coffee in the freezer is not really okay, but it can be done. If you have too much coffee or you are going out of the country then you can freeze your coffee. This is a one-time shot. Once you take your frozen coffee out of the freezer, it should never go back in. The frozen moisture will be absorbed into the beans as they thaw. The constant changes in temperature will ruin your coffee.
If you do need to put them in the freezer, wrap your beans using sealable freezer bags and plastic wrap. If you have other air-tight freezer containers-use them! Remember you want to do everything you can to keep the moisture away from your coffee.
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