Take Care: How to Care for Your Coffee

Marlena S.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Updated September 19, 2022

Coffee has four age-old enemies; heat, light, air, and moisture. The way coffee is stored is essential to keeping it fresh and ready to enjoy. Storing coffee in conditions that expose it to these elements will cause the coffee to rapidly lose its flavor and freshness.

We suggest our new Airscape Coffee Bean Storage Container. It might surprise you to know that most "airtight" containers aren’t actually airtight. Although they keep additional air from reaching your beans, they don’t expunge the existing air from the container, which means that your coffee will still stale, only at a slower rate. Regardless, no one wants stale coffee. If you like stale coffee, kindly reconsider. We think you’ll like fresh coffee even more.

Our FRC-emblazoned Airscape canister features the patented Airscape lid, which actively forces air out of the can. You’ll even hear a cool swoosh sound when you press down on and lock the lid. All this translates to fresh coffee that stays fresh longer. The Airscape container is made of culinary-grade stainless steel and is resistant to odor retention and nasty coffee stains. This is the premier coffee storage solution.

Contrary to popular belief, coffee should not be stored in the freezer, as it leads to moisture extracting the natural flavor from the coffee. Coffee beans are porous and will also absorb unwanted flavors from your freezer. Tilapia- or pizza-flavored coffee? No thanks.

Putting coffee on display exposed to direct or indirect light will put its freshness at risk. Instead, place coffee in a dark cabinet, away from light. Coffee beans look great, don't get us wrong, but beans left in the light won't taste so great.

Whole-bean coffee will normally stay fresh for a longer period of time compared to ground coffee. If you intend to store coffee in bulk, always store whole-bean coffee and grind the amount you will use, when you intend to use it.

Ground coffee is best used within two weeks of purchase, while whole bean coffee can stay fresh for up to a month. For optimum freshness, we suggest drinking Fresh Roasted Coffee within these time parameters. 

If you intend to purchase coffee in bulk, the best way to store bulk quantities of coffee is to separate a large quantity into smaller, appropriate containers, like our 1 or 2 lb. Airscape Coffee Bean Storage Containers. Keeping the smaller batch of coffee you intend to use first away from the rest of your bulk coffee helps to ensure the entire quantity is not constantly being exposed to air, light, heat, and moisture.

5 Comments

  • AB
    Allen Bock

    In this article it states Ground “whole bean coffee can stay fresh for up to a month. For optimum freshness, we suggest drinking Fresh Roasted Coffee within these time parameters.” Yet your 5 lbs bags that you ship the coffee in has a 1 year fresh date, What’s the deal here?

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    Team FRC

    Great question! Coffee begins changing as soon as it leaves the roaster. It begins releasing CO2 and other gasses. After 24 hours or so, the coffee de-gasses to the extent that it loses most of the initial and unappetizing flavors, but it’s really best after resting for a few days. From there the taste plateaus from optimal, gradually losing flavor as the coffee is exposed to oxygen. Fresh Roasted Coffee bags and pods are all nitrogen flushed to keep your coffee as fresh as possible for as long as possible but eventually, air gets in which is why we say it’s still FRESH for about a month. We do include an expiration on the bag not because the coffee goes bad or is undrinkable, but because after that long, your coffee will doubtless be stale and, well, just not as delicious as it should be.

    Grinding your coffee exposes the inside of the roasted beans to oxygen and increases rate at which your coffee will become stale which is why we recommend grinding only as much as you need.

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    Mike

    Love your coffee but for the 1.75 ounce packets, what is the recommended pot size? 10 or 12 cups?

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    Team FRC

    Hoo-boy. The old "what’s a cup" question. It’s so hard to answer because a cup is different depending on who you talk to and which manufacturer is writing up the instructions. We’ve seen "10 cup" carafes that are only 48 ounces (that would be 4.8 ounces per cup if you do the math) and we’ve seen "12 cup" pots that were 80 ounces (or 6.6 ounces per cup)! So it all comes down to the size of your carafe. 1.75 ounces is a great size for most 10-12 cup coffeemakers which are usually 50 to 60 ounces. If you find the brew too weak for your taste, we also offer 2.25 ounce fractional packs.

  • TB
    Teresa Bassett

    how long to coffee pods stay fresh?

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    Team FRC

    Did you know that even our coffee pods are roasted to order? Yup. Order from our site and we roast, then pack your coffee pods. Each pod is independently nitrogen flushed to push out the flavor-stealing oxygen. We put an expiration date of one year on our pods because unfortunately they don’t stay Fresh Roasted forever.

  • B
    Bert

    Will the coffee pods fit a Nespresso machine?

  • JS
    JOHN STAPLES

    Is vacuum packing and in keep in fridge ok?

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