Save time by setting your weekly morning coffee up Sunday night. Just fill up seven coffee filters with your favorite grounds. Then stack the coffee filters on top of each other and place them inside an empty coffee can with a sealable lid. In the morning, just pull out a pre-filled filter, add water to your pot, and serve to taste.
By Carol L Craig from Spring Hill, FL
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I drink a lot of coffee, and I'm fussy about how it tastes. I make one cup at a time. Coffee should taste the way it smells while brewing. Ten minutes after brewing, that bright, fresh taste had started to fade away.
My best advice on storing coffee was shared, years ago, by someone employed with a coffee company. I grew up in north west Washington, if that gives you any idea of the fanatic I am about coffee.
After trying various methods for storing the large canister of coffee (more thrifty), I settled on freezing it. I noticed the aroma from the un-brewed coffee deteriorated with all the other methods.
We recently bought a large bag of whole bean coffee at Costco. I used our blender to grind up all of the coffee, which was much quicker than our little coffee grinder.
I store extra in the original container in the freezer. I have also used large ziploc bags.
Keep your coffee in the fridge in a plastic container with a tight lid.
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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.
Light, air and moisture make coffee go stale. That is true whether it is whole bean or ground. Whole beans though last longer than ground coffee. If you want it to taste fresh, keep only the amount of whole beans you will drink within a week at room temperature and make sure it is in an airtight container.
Once coffee is ground it goes stale very quickly. If you want to store it for a long time, buy the unground kind. But if it is already ground, store it in an airtight container in the freezer.
If you drink it rarely, put it in the freezer but make sure that it is double wrapped so that it won't pick up any smells from the freezer. Frozen coffee will last up to a year if you have a good freezer.
If you buy the coffee in the airtight bags or cans rather than from the bins, you may get the freshest coffee. They seal it right after it is roasted.
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I put the ground coffee in pint or quart ZipLoc bags and squeeze air out and store in the freezer with great success. I keep a 2 cup ZipLoc plastic container in the refrigerator and refill it as needed, usually every 8 days with the coffee from the freezer.
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.
Fresh grounds make a better cup. Coffee lovers have their own ideas about the best way to keep their coffee fresh. This is a page about keeping coffee fresh.