How to Store Green Coffee Beans at Home?

Green Coffee is becoming popular and people are getting so many health benefits by simply drinking green coffee at home. But, storing green coffee beans is a tedious task for most of us. So, here is the perfect solution for you how you can store green coffee beans simply at home?

Coffee Beans don’t last forever. There freshness and flavor peaks at around 72 hours after roasting and will start to deteriorate after that. Similar to many fresh products, the coffee bean’s freshness deteriorates when they’re exposed to these four elements; air, light, heat, and moisture. However, roasted coffee beans, the effects of these elements are more severe because they contain over 800 volatile compounds. As such, to extend their freshness and flavors for as long as possible, proper storage solutions are required.

How to Keep Your Beans at their Peak

  • Keep them in an airtight, dark container.
  • Avoid sunlight.
  • Avoid heat.
  • Avoid steam (so consider where you are storing your beans and keep them away from brewers, stoves, etc.).
  • Avoid moisture (storing near your sink could accidentally allow water to reach beans).
  • Within 72 hours after being roasted coffee beans have reached their maximum or peak of freshness, so use them as quickly as possible.
  • If you can’t brew them within the optimum time put your beans in the freezer.

Balancing Time and Amount

As discussed, green coffee beans begin to lose freshness right after roasting. Coffee experts recommend buying smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee more frequently – enough that can last one to two weeks.

If you keep coffee beans for too long, you’ll notice they eventually go stale, which will have a serious impact on the taste of your drink. Kitchn says, “drinking your coffee within two weeks of the roast date is a good rule of thumb.”

If you can’t stock up on freshly roasted beans on a regular basis, you have options. There are several companies that can ship their product directly to your door. Also, if you prefer to buy larger quantities of coffee, you can properly store it and keep a smaller container for daily use. Only open the large container when you need to refill the smaller container. This will help reduce air exposure to the larger container of green coffee.

Keep Beans Airtight and Cool

Your beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light.

To preserve your beans’ fresh roasted flavor as long as possible, store them in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. Coffee beans can be beautiful, but avoid clear canisters which will allow light to compromise the taste of your coffee. 

Keep your beans in a dark and cool location. A cabinet near the oven is often too warm, and so is a spot on the kitchen counter that gets strong afternoon sun.

Coffee's retail packaging is generally not ideal for long-term storage. If possible, invest in storage canisters with an airtight seal.

Buy the Right Amount

Coffee begins to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting. Try to buy smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee more frequently - enough for one or two weeks. 

Exposure to air is bad for your beans. If you prefer to keep your beans in an accessible and/or attractive container, it may be a good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, with the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container.

This is especially important when buying pre-ground coffee, because of the increased exposure to oxygen. If you buy whole beans, grind the amount you need immediately before brewing. 


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