Coffee is the beverage made from roasted coffee beans, taken from the fruit of the coffee tree. Its varieties stem from Africa and the regions of Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The plant has been exported from Africa to countries around the world and is now grown in more than 70 countries, mostly areas near the equator in America, Southeast Asia, India. and Africa.
Preserving coffee is extremely important to avoid losing the aroma and specific flavor. Powdered coffee and whole coffee beans will have different ways and different storage requirements.
1. Preserve powdered coffee
The reason you need to pay special attention to ways to preserve this product is that during the processes of producing, most manufacturers will add an extra amount of essential oil to increase the momentum. Therefore, if left for a long time, this amount of oil will have unpleasant odor reducing the characteristic aroma of coffee. To preserve powdered coffee, note the following guidelines:
- First, powdered coffee must always be kept in clean, opaque and airtight boxes. This will prevent coffee from being affected by air, light and smell.
- Do not place the coffee box near areas where have normal temperature (20-25 degrees Celsius) and are not damp or smelly.
- Do not freeze or store coffee in the refrigerator. Many people are mistaken about believing that putting coffee in the fridge will preserve it longer, like many other foods and drinks. However, this is not true for coffee, because coffee has the ability to absorb smell. If left in the refrigerator, it will absorb the smell of other foods, leading to the loss of the typical aroma of pure coffee. In addition, low temperatures in refrigerators cause condensation and affect the quality of coffee.
- Please note that the time of using powdered coffee is no more than 6 months when unopened. In case of opening the bag, you should try to use within 1-2 weeks.
2. Preserve coffee beans
To preserve coffee beans, you should roast the coffee beans first and then store and preserve coffee in coffee jars. When the coffee powder runs out, take it out and grind it. Doing so will save your time and you can grind whenever you need it. If you buy roasted coffee beans, check the date of roasting with the seller. You should choose roasted ground coffee beans that are roasted from five days to 2 weeks ago.
The other storage conditions of coffee beans are similar to that of ground coffee. You should avoid temperature, humidity, light and air so that the beans do not lose their flavor.
However, for coffee beans, if you buy a lot at one time, you can divide into small parts and put into zipper bags (airtight bags) or vacuum bags, then wrap in banknote and put in the fridge. With this method, you can store coffee beans for a month. However, you should note that never frozen coffee beans one more time.
Preserving coffee is extremely important to avoid losing the aroma and specific flavor of this drink. Powdered coffee and whole coffee beans will have their own ways and requirements for storage.