By Aimee L

I love coffee. I love it so much in fact that my family physician has asked me to cut down on how much I consume in a day, as I apparently drink far more than I should (absolute nonsense I say).

I used to be a coffee pod gal until it was pointed out how much pollution these pods created, so after much shaming from my colleagues, I now purchase coffee beans which I grind at home.

When it comes to keeping my coffee beans or grounds as fresh as possible, there’s a lot of confusion. Some people (on the internet) suggest storing it in the pantry while others expound on the benefits of storing them in the freezer. Here is what you really should be doing according to the experts:

Store It In Your Pantry

The best way to keep ground coffee or whole beans fresh is to store the coffee in your pantry in an opaque airtight container away from light, heat, and moisture.

If you were to freeze the coffee you use every day, the fluctuating temperatures will create moisture in the packet and cause the cell structure of the beans to change, which results in a loss of the oils that gives coffee its aroma and flavour.

You Can Still Freeze Your Beans

But it’s still okay to freeze whole beans for up to a month, so long as you do not take them out during that period. When you are ready to use your beans, take them out to thaw first, and be sure to grind and brew them within two weeks, so the coffee remains deliciously aromatic to the last drop.