BUYER BEWARE! THIS PHOTO BELOW IS NOT FRESH COFFEE!
You see this at almost every grocery store. Barrels of coffee beans to scoop into your bag. For coffee beans to stay fresh they need to stay away from their greatest enemies which are AIR, LIGHT, HEAT, and MOISTURE. As you can easily see, these beans are constantly exposed to air and light, not to mention the obvious sanitary issues.
In order to keep your coffee beans fresh, you first must buy fresh coffee beans. This means coffee beans that were roasted recently and immediately packaged in a special coffee bag, just like Eddie’s Gourmet Coffee beans purchased from http://eddiescoffee.com.
After the bag is open, the coffee beans need to be stored in a dark airtight container such as the Airscape coffee storage device. Getting an Airscape is undoubtably the best investment you’ll ever make, next to a good burr coffee grinder.
The point is that no matter how good your coffee maker is, the coffee will not taste as good or be as good for you, as fresh coffee beans. You can mask stale coffee with a lot of milk and sugar, but you can get that at any drive through coffee shop for $8.00.
As we mentioned, your coffee's greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light. To preserve your beans (or grounds) fresh roasted flavor as long as possible, store them in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature.
- 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.
The containers I use are made my Planetary Designs and called Airscape®. More details on these coffee storage containers can be found here.