By florida gal from Spring Hill, FL
The best thing is to buy a coffee grinder, which is not expensive, considering the end result. The whole beans can be kept for much longer in the refrigerator, with very little loss of flavor. Some say you can freeze the whole beans. We don't, because we usually use a bag before it would be in any danger of losing it's quality. The coffee bean has oils in it, and once it sits a while the oils become a bit rancid, for lack of a better word, and the coffee suffers. I would say that ground coffee should be used within two or three weeks, if that. Whole bean can last, in the fridge, for that many months, or a bit more, for sure. Hope that helps.
By Loretta from Theodore, AL
By Cay from Green Cove Springs, FL
I found a lidded plastic container that was a little bigger than our coffee filters. I prefilled a bunch of filters and stored them in the container. I put the remaining ground coffee in another lidded container. Now making coffee before running out the door in the morning is quick and less messy.
By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA
What is the best way to store coffee (both for unground beans and for already ground)? My DH and I don't drink it up very fast, and I've heard keep it in the freezer; I've heard keep it in the refrigerator; I've heard oh, no, don't do either of those, that'll dry it out, just keep it in an airtight container.
Lynn from Calif. from Chico, CA
I have several friends that have worked at Coffee stores...Peet's and Starbuck's. They recommend not refrigerating nor freezing. Best to be in a sealed tight container in the dark pantry. I was told it will loose it's taste when in the refrig or freezer. I drink it up fast so I wouldn't know. I only put mine in the pantry both whole bean and grinded.