Should I chill my beans? How to store coffee

In our time we have seen all sorts of incorrect bean storage, from those who insist on storing coffee in the fridge to a pile of YCE coffee beans bagged and stored on a windowsill in direct sunlight. For the love of coffee we have created this quick and simple guide on the best and correct ways to store your coffee. Forget what you've been told, just like most things in life there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding this topic. We’re not sure how these things start but we sure know they are not helpful, especially when it comes to the freshness of your coffee!

The biggest misconception is that coffee ‘goes off’. You won’t find it turns to dust or grows mould but it will over time lose the flavour profile that originally caught your eye and took us time to achieve here in the roastery.

Before we get started on the dos and the don’ts lets take a look at the ENEMIES of coffee...

Make note of these four villains and avoid them whenever you get a fresh batch of coffees in! Now for the Dos and Don'ts.


* Store your coffee out of direct sunlight.

* Store in a dry place. Whilst ‘coolness’ is good for coffee, the humidity in your fridge is coffee’s worst nightmare. Storing your coffee in this moisture ridden place is basically asking the moist air to take away all the flavours! But surely the Fridge = fresh?! In this case it really doesn't!

* Invest in an airtight container. This is especially important if you are more of a weekend coffee drinker than a daily drinker. Invest in a good tub to be the barrier to lock in the delicious aroma and fight against the effects of oxygen.


* Do the opposite of any of the above! Simple.

The ideal coffee storage system - an airtight container at room temperature, away from sunlight and heat. Whole beans are ideally consumed within one month of roasting. Ground beans are ideally consumed within two weeks. We hope this has been useful, as always any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Now has all that talk of coffee got you in the mood for something special?


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