Coffee Facts with Don Francisco’s Coffee
Coffee. Come people need it, others can go with out it. My husband and I are big time coffee drinkers. I only drink it in the morning and at times at night when I need to be awake for a while. My husband, on the other hand, can drink it 24/7.
About 2 months ago, our coffee maker broke down and we’ve had to switch from brewed coffee to instant. And as my luck would have it, I had just bought a brand new container of coffee. I won’t buy another one because I’m actually waiting for a good coffee maker to go on sale. But how do I store the coffee til then?
The independent study, spearheaded by Don Francisco’s Coffee’s in-house Q Graders (professionally accredited coffee cuppers who are exclusively certified by the Coffee Quality Institute® – CQI), examined a variety of coffee samples stored in three different environments: the freezer 0 degrees Fahrenheit, the refrigerator 36 degrees Fahrenheit and on a counter room temperature at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, over a 12 week period.
Don Francisco’s coffees come in cans and re-sealable bags that are either nitrogen-flushed or vacuum-sealed to ensure that the coffee will remain fresh until the package is opened, but as a coffee roasting family for over 130 years, they want to make sure that YOU, their customers get a consistently great-tasting cup of coffee even weeks after that new seal has been broken.
In the study, a sample from each storage environment was cupped and tested for moisture every 2 weeks; then brewed and checked for color consistency every 4 weeks. Throughout the 12 weeks, the samples were cupped and tasted in a blind taste test by three resident Q Graders at Don Francisco’s Coffee headquarters. The results revealed the best cup of coffee is achieved starting with whole beans stored in an airtight container in the freezer for a maximum of 6 weeks. For pre-ground coffee, the maximum storage time decreases to about four weeks.
Keep it Tight:An airtight container is the best way to keep air and moisture out.
Say Freeze: The best place to store coffee is in an airtight container in the freezer, which prevents the coffee from coming into contact with air and protects it from temperature changes. Additionally, storing the beans whole helps keep the rich aromas and tastes locked in longer.
Fear the Fridge: Although the cool temperature helps keep the oils inside of the bean until they are ready to be used, the fluctuating temperature and additional exposure to air can create moisture and erode the flavor and taste.
Dark and Dry: If the freezer isn’t an option, then the refrigerator is a good runner up. The next best place would be a dark and dry cabinet.
No Can Do: Although the can offers a vacuum-sealed tin to ensure freshness, as soon as it is opened and the seal is broken, it immediately begins to lose flavor.
Don Francisco’s Coffee tips for a fresh and tasty cup every time:
- Buy coffee in small quantities. Ideally, the coffee should be consumed within 10 days.
- Check the coffee bag before you buy to make sure the one-way valve is sealed. If the valve is sealed properly, oxygen cannot get into the bag, keeping the coffee fresher.
- Grind your coffee beans as needed. Prolonged exposure to air will cause whole bean and ground coffees to go stale quickly, which will lead to a less flavorful, bitter, and dull tasting cup.
- Keep unopened bags in the freezer. Once removed from the freezer, place the remaining coffee immediately in an airtight container to avoid moisture, and store back in the freezer.
All this coffee talk is making me thirsty…for come café. Mmmmm.
This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’m just passing on info from one coffee lover to another.
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!