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Storing your coffee how to keep it fresh

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Food & Drink

Spending plenty on coffee every month? Also complaining that coffee gets damped very easily? Attack of moisture and storage problem! A loud yell of yes can be heard from households at every corner.

You love coffee but dont know how to keep it fresh? Instead of wasting hard earned penny every time in buying a new packet of coffee its better to know some easy ways of storage of coffee so that it remains fresh even after a month.

You pretty well know that coffee can be bought in three types. Whole beans, roasted beans and ground coffee. The chance of damage is the most in case of ground coffee. The ground coffee is quick prone to moisture attack and within an hour starts losing the real flavor. Roasted beans will take a weeks time to drop its flavor. The same happens to brewed coffee within minutes. And every time you buy coffee you are compelled to finish the pack at the earliest.

The best packaging of roasted coffee can be done in plastic film bags or foil in which nitrogen is flushed along with a permanent heat seal. It is even better if a valve lock is attached with the bag so that it allows no external air to enter inside bur just letting out the gases emitted by fresh roasted beans. Valve locks are one way valve system which actually protect the coffee beans from getting damped and also retain the freshness for a longer period of time. The best part of this locking system is that you can store the coffee in the packet/ bag itself which you have bought.

Coffees available in plastic bags and wax line sealed bags are not that protective as the previous one. Roasted beans easily tend to lose the flavor just within a few days. And in case of ground coffee, you find a tarred and sticky substance with a bad odor in a couple of days. So to prevent this coffee you must take out the roasted beans from the packet and store in an air tight container without wasting time as soon as you reach home. These air tight containers must be dry and clean.

Even you dont get time to do so make sure that once you have torn the seal of the packet you dont delay to shift the coffee in the air tight container. If thats not possible there is an easy way out. Just roll the top of the coffee bag tightly so that no air can remain within it. Then seal it with a tape or a rubber band. What can be easier than this without consuming mush of your time and energy? Dont follow it and get ready to spend a few dollars on the same the very next day.

The best foes of coffee are extreme heat and extreme cold. Moisture, air and light can easily take away the real aroma of coffee and distaste the odor. Even if stored in air tight containers, they should be again kept in dry condition.  Refrigeration is another big cause to damage coffee. Its a very wrong practice that keeping under cool condition coffee remains fresh.

Whenever coffee is stored in cold it is deviated from its natural state. Thus the scope of damping becomes more viable and in addition a bad odor circles within the container or the coffee bag. You must know that roasted coffee has flavored oils that are water soluble. So under cold condition, the attack of moisture easily allows other odors to get into the coffee pack and devoid it of purity.

So when you buy the next coffee packet, just follow these easy tips to get the fresh aroma and energy you love to relish every time.