How to store coffee beans

Get that cafe experience at home with Sam's coffee storing tips!

It may surprise you to know Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, with petroleum being the first and gold being the third.

Coffee beans grow exclusively in tropical and sub-tropical regions and while Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee, other nations in South America, South Africa and Vietnam are also big producers. Having said that, a small amount is grown here in Australia, mostly in northern Queensland and northern New South Wales. 

If you're buying coffee to grind and make at home, here's what you should know about storing it to retain that delicious flavour and freshness:

Before you buy, check the packaging

Roasted coffee beans should always be sold in the highest quality packaging. Double-foiled bags with a one-way valve (to release the gases from the coffee), is the most ideal way to package coffee for retail purposes.

Where to store

The enemies of coffee are heat, extreme cold (please don’t store in the freezer), sunlight, air and contaminating odours.This means you should try to store your beans in an airtight container in a dry, dark place - like your pantry.

Packaged coffee beans usually have a longer shelf life than pre-ground coffee, simply because the elements that effect the freshness of the coffee is slowed down due to the natural oils being retained longer.

If you buy pre-ground coffee, just know it is prone to dry out faster and should be stored in the best possible conditions.

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