For my first real article on the new blog, I wanted to answer the two questions we get asked most often:
What is the best way to conserve my coffee and how long can I keep it?
- Buy only freshly roasted coffees. At Northern-Coffee.ca , we roast your coffee when you order, so you are sure to get the freshest coffee possible. The coffee you buy in the stores might have been roasted months before.
- Keep it in an air tight bag or container at room temperature. Our bags have a “Ziploc” type seal as well as a “freshness” air valve to get the air out.
- Coffee can be kept twice as long as whole beans compared to ground coffee. This means about 5 weeks without much loss in taste and aroma.
- Do NOT put your coffee in the refrigerator or freezer as this will damage the coffee oils. Furthermore, getting the coffee in and out of the refrigerator constantly will create condensation that will further affect taste.
- If you still want to put your bags in the freezer, please, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT put an open bag back in the freezer. Because, as we’ve mentioned in the previous point, you must avoid any condensation that could make your precious coffee absorb odours from your food. Every time you take out the container/bag to take coffee and put it back in the freezer, the sudden change in temperature will cause the moisture in the beans to crystallize. So, once a bag is out of the freezer, leave it in the back of the cabinet and once it’s finished, take out a new one.
In conclusion, buy fresh, store it well and if possible, grind only what you need, when you need it.
If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!