So in the best interests of all of us, I want to share with you everything I know about storing coffee for mid to long time periods.
But before I do, I need to tell you that I am by no means a coffee aficionado, and I’m not one of those people who freaks out if things aren’t perfectly brewed and perfectly fresh.
While I don’t really like drinking instant coffee like Folgers, I’m not one of those folks that says that coffee is no good a few days after it’s been roasted!
Storing Coffee For Less Than One Year
Your options for storing coffee for under a year are actually pretty wide open. You can use ground or whole bean coffee, stored in the original packaging.
As long as you don’t open the original packaging, you’re good for a year or so with nothing other than storing it in a cool place with minimal temperature fluctuation.
I recommend that you stock up enough of your daily brew to last you that year, and rotate it throughout the year. You’ll always have a good amount of coffee on hand, you can pick and choose when to buy it, and what to buy.
Storing Coffee For Longer Than One Year
So for longer term storage, you should think about storing green coffee beans. Green beans are coffee beans that have not been roasted.
For proper storage, you want to portion the beans into smaller portions. Shoot for portions you’ll use weekly or monthly.
Once these are portioned out, put them in your mylar bags with an oxygen absorber and seal as usual.
Put the mylar bags into your four gallon square bucket and store for several years.
I’ve heard conflicting reports that green coffee beans can store for up to ten years if stored with no exposure to air and in mostly constant temperature.
I should note that in my personal opinion, even if your coffee loses quality, if it’s not available at all, you’re not going to be all that picky! I know that I won’t!
Using Green Coffee Beans
Obviously you can’t just grind and brew green coffee beans. You have to roast them. But before you can do that, you need to have the right equipment and know what you’re doing.
I’ll have a separate post soon talking about how to roast green coffee beans!