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Published on March 3, 2021

How To Grind And Store Your Coffee Beans the Right Way

How To Grind And Store Your Coffee Beans the Right Way

For many people, coffee is one of life’s great pleasures.

It provides a natural mood uplift as well as helping to boost our energy. It also tastes pretty good too!

With the shift to working from home caused by the coronavirus pandemic, lots of us have had to forget about Starbucks and instead turn to making coffee at home. But done properly, this can be a cheap and convenient alternative to the high street coffee stores.

In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to store and grind coffee beans for the best possible lifespan and flavor. With our help, you’ll soon be making the perfect cup of coffee from the comfort of your own home.

How Long Do Coffee Beans Last?

Roasted coffee beans will easily last a year as long as you keep them whole.

That’s because when kept in this form, the chemistry within the bean isn’t as exposed to heat, air, moisture or light — elements that can all lead to oxidization. And oxidization leads to the destruction of coffee’s wonderful flavor and aroma.

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Interesting to know: Freshly roasted coffee beans are typically allowed to age for a few days after they’re roasted. This allows the coffee beans to develop flavor.

When it comes to ground coffee beans, it’s a different story in terms of how long they stay fresh. While most coffee connoisseurs like to brew their coffee immediately after grinding — if that’s not practical for you — then you’ll be fine to keep and use your grinds anytime up to about seven days. After that length of time, you’ll definitely notice a loss of freshness and flavor.

How to tell if your coffee beans or grinds are fresh or stale?

Look for these signs to confirm freshness:

  • Glossy appearance — The intense heat involved in roasting coffee beans extracts moisture from the heart of the bean, including drawing out oil-like substances to the surface of the bean. A fresh bean will have a glossy appearance; a stale bean will look dull and dry.
  • Oil residue — Following on from the above, another check you can do is to pick up a handful of beans. If they leave an oily residue on your hands, then you can be sure they’re fresh and ready for brewing.
  • Intense aroma — The strong coffee aroma that most of us love comes from fresh coffee beans. If beans have little or no aroma, then they’re likely to be old and stale.

How to Store Coffee Beans

Storing coffee beans correctly is essential if you want to retain their freshness, aroma and flavor. As we mentioned in the section above, the greatest enemies of coffee beans are air, moisture, heat and light, which has led to some common ways of storing and protecting coffee beans.

The most popular — but certainly not the best way — to store coffee beans is to keep them in their original airtight packaging and put them in a kitchen cupboard.

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However, as pointed out by the National Coffee Association[1], there are other, superior ways you can store coffee beans to help keep them fresh. These ways are suitable for both roasted whole coffee beans or freshly ground beans:

  1. Store them in an opaque, airtight container. This should be stored at room temperature.
  2. Keep them in a dark and dry location. A cupboard near your oven is likely to be too warm.
  3. Forget the coffee’s retail packaging. It’s not ideal for long-term storage. It’s much better to invest in storage canisters fitted with airtight seals.

Best Containers for Coffee Beans

To pick the perfect storage unit to keep your coffee beans fresh and tasty, the first things to look for are an airtight container that is BPA free. These features will help keep your coffee beans from going stale. We recommend you check out the OXO Good Grips POP Container — which also has a convenient fill line making it easy to store and measure your coffee beans.

Ideally, it’s also good to go for a coffee canister that is made from stainless steel. This is a healthy and hygienic option that also makes cleaning the unit a breeze. Our pick is the Bean Envy Airtight Coffee Canister. This stylish coffee canister offers a generous 22.5oz of storage space and also comes with a stainless steel coffee scoop.

You may also want to choose a coffee canister that has a date tracker. This will enable you to set the purchase or expiry date of your coffee. This will help reduce waste and ensure you’re always drinking the freshest coffee. We like the Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Coffee Grounds and Beans Container. Not only does it have a calendar wheel on top of the unit, but it also features an innovative freshness valve that releases CO2 (which coffee beans emit) but locks out oxygen.

The other thing to consider is that you might want to store a couple of different types of coffee beans. This will allow you to explore the numerous varieties of coffee beans from across the globe. To help with this, we recommend you take a look at the Veken Coffee Canister, 2 Piece Airtight Stainless Steel Coffee Container. This premium coffee canister set contains a 22oz jar and a 16oz jar to meet different needs and to store different beans. Both canisters feature vacuum sealing to help maintain the freshness of your coffee beans, and both containers also include a date tracker and stainless steel measuring scoop.

Best Coffee Bean Grinders

While it’s okay to buy and use pre-packaged ground coffee beans; they’ll never come close to the unique taste and aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.

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If you’re serious about crafting and drinking the finest coffee, then grinding your own coffee beans is an absolute must. To coffee enthusiasts — the difference is like night and day!

If you want to grind your own coffee beans, then you need to look for some specific features and functions when you choose to purchase a coffee bean grinder.

It’s a good idea to choose a grinder that has a removable grinding chamber. This will make it quick and easy for you to fill and clean it. Fitting this bill is the Hamilton Beach Fresh Grind 4.5 Oz Electric Coffee Grinder. This budget coffee grinder has room for up to 9 tablespoons of beans, enough for 12 cups of coffee. It’s stainless steel blades and quiet operation make this our top pick for entry-level coffee grinders.

The next feature we recommend you look for is a one-touch control. This is a super-handy feature that allows you to simply push down on the cover to begin grinding and release to stop. We like the KitchenAid Blade Coffee Grinder — which not only has a one-touch control, but also has measurement markings on the inside of the stainless steel bowl. These let you know at a glance the quantity of coffee beans needed to make 4, 8, 10 or 12 cups of coffee. The bowl also lifts out, making it quick and easy to transfer the grinds to your coffee maker.

Another handy function to have in a coffee grinder is a one-touch start timer. This conveniently remembers your last grinding setting, making it effortless to grind perfectly — even if you’ve just fallen out of bed! We’ve tried and tested and being impressed by the OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder. This premium coffee grinder has a simple to use one-touch start timer, and thanks to its 15 different grinding settings, you can be sure it’ll grind your beans just the way you like them.

If you’re willing to spend big bucks on making the consummate coffee, then look for a grinder that features a digital timer. Our pick for this is the Baratza Virtuoso+ Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Digital Timer Display. Not only are Baratza an award-winning coffee grinder company, but the Virtuoso+ features a 40-second digital timer (adjustable to a tenth of a second) and an LED backlit grounds bin for the ultimate in accuracy and consistency. It’s also the perfect grinder to go for if you want to explore an extensive range of brew methods, including espresso, AeroPress, Hario V60, Chemex and French Press.

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Hand grinding? Then our pick is the Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder. This high-quality hand coffee grinder is made in Japan and features a stainless steel body and ceramic conical burrs — enabling you to grind from powder to French Press. Be aware of its tiny size though. It’s just 130mm tall with a diameter of 47mm. It will hold 20 grams of coffee beans — just enough to make two small, but delicious 6-8oz cups of coffee.

Enjoy Your Coffee

Now you know the best and most convenient ways to store and grind your coffee beans.

All that’s left to say is… enjoy your coffee!

Featured photo credit: Mae Mu via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] National Coffee Association: How to Store Coffee

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17 Power Pressure Cooker Recipes for Rushed Weeknight Meals

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Weeknights are wild. There are hobby meetings, sports events, date nights, late-night work calls, kids’ bath time, TV show premiers (of course), and there’s also… dinner?

Trying to cram in making a recipe, eating dinner (let alone enjoying the meal) and cleaning the kitchen in under an hour always seemed like it would take some sort of divine intervention. Well, let me introduce you to the power pressure cooker, aka the game changer.

The power pressure cooker makes the impossible possible. You can create a healthy, balanced meal in under an hour from start to finish. Even decadent dishes such as braised short ribs or whole meals such as salmon with potatoes and broccoli can be enjoyed from start to finish with breeze on a weeknight.

Is there anything easier than throwing your whole meal in one pot and letting the pot do the work? I can’t think of anything. It’s as if you significantly upgraded the already kitchen staple, the crockpot.

Here are some of my favorite power pressure cooker recipes to get dinner on the table under pressure:

1. Ramen Soup

    For those nights when all you need is a big hug, ramen is the perfect dish! High in anti-inflammatory ingredients such as fresh ginger, garlic and spinach this 20-minute soup is good for you in every which way.

    This quick ramen is balanced with lean protein from the chicken and soft-boiled eggs, starches from the noodles, and a salty broth that makes you crave more!

    To bump this recipe up even more nutritionally, try doubling the carrot and spinach for extra vitamin power.

    ~ Check out the recipe here!

    2. 4-minute Salmon, Broccoli and Potatoes

      What is better than a perfectly balanced meal in just 4 minutes? I can’t think of anything!

      This wonderfully fatty fish blends so well with the super food broccoli and starch of the potatoes that you won’t believe it was done in such a short amount of time!

      Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids (aka fish oil) that helps our heart, skin, joints, GI tract, and much more!

      ~ Check out the recipe here!

      3. Beef Gyros

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        A warm pita wrapped around freshly made gyros, toppings, and even Tzatziki sauce, oh my! This recipe goes from fridge to plate in under an hour with only 15 minutes of prep time!

        When creating the Tzatziki sauce, be sure to grab plain Greek Yogurt. This yogurt is naturally higher in protein, adding another nutritional benefit to this great dish! You can also opt for a whole wheat pita to add some extra fiber too!

        ~ Check out the recipe here!

        4. Shrimp Boil

          This recipe is perfect for summer beach nights, a classic shrimp boil recipe that you don’t have to spend all day preparing! This recipe is fun finger food to the max! It is delicious, satisfying and tastes the best when served on a picnic table.

          To take this recipe to the next level, adjust the proportions of veggies to protein. By increasing the corn and decreasing the amount of Andouille sausage, you can decrease the total sodium and calories while increasing the fiber and vitamins!

          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          5. Mexican Quinoa

            The perfect one pot meal with fiber, protein, and lots of flavor! This is a vegetarian and meat-lover dream!

            Quinoa is the perfect substitution for white rice in this classic recipe while complimenting the beans to create a protein filled dish. Plus the addition of all those vegetables creates a meal that is bursting with flavor. Top this Mexican quinoa with fresh avocado to perfectly round it out.

            ~ Check out the recipe here!

            6. Lo Mein

              This Lo Mein will stomp any greasy, take-out craving you have without the usual guilt! It is not very often, you can replace a sinful bowl of take-out with something so delicious and easy to make at home!

              Make this Lo Mein in less than 15 minutes from start to finish. That’s faster than it takes for the delivery person to show up at the door!

              ~ Check out the recipe here!

              7. Whole “Rotisserie” Chicken

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                Everyone knows that the secret to batch cooking is to have a whole chicken cooked to use in various ways throughout the week!

                This recipe makes the most perfectly moist rotisserie chicken that can be used as is, for tacos, for soup, and for sandwiches all week long!

                Tip: keep the bones and scraps to make an amazing chicken stock to have on hand! Cooking the stock longer and at a lower temperature will create a delicious bone broth rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins.

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                8. Chicken and Lentil Soup

                  This is the coziest soup around! Rich in protein, fiber, and B vitamins, this soup will meet all your cravings!

                  It also couldn’t be easier for a rushed weekday meal, all you have to do is chop and let your power pressure cooker do the work!

                  In just 30 minutes, you will have a warming soup that the whole family can enjoy!

                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                  9. Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls

                    Is there anyone out there that doesn’t enjoy a good burrito bowl? This veggie bowl is the perfect one-pot meal that is easily customizable!

                    From vegans to meat-lovers, everyone will enjoy this easy, fiber-rich bowl. Add whatever toppings you please to create a burrito bowl that is just as good as a restaurant’s!

                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                    10. Rice and Beans

                      The classic rice and beans dish is a staple for many reasons. It is full of perfectly complimented proteins, great texture, and balanced seasonings. Now, you can create this filling balanced meal in under an hour! No more pre-soaking those beans!

                      This perfectly seasoned, filling balanced meal will have everyone fighting for another bowl!

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                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                      11. Summer Quinoa Salad

                        Your fresh in-season berries were made for this quick salad!

                        Take this nutrient dense salad to a party or serve it as light, summer dinner to have everyone asking for the recipe!

                        The quinoa, fruit, vegetables, and nuts create a dish that is perfectly balanced with all the food groups. You can top this salad with cooked chicken breast or leave it as-is to meet everyone needs!

                        ~ Check out the recipe here!

                        12. Minestrone Soup

                          This Minestrone Soup is quick and veggie full making it perfect for any weeknight dinner! It is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and Vitamin A making it the perfect dinner for the whole family!

                          Tip: Use whole grain noodles to increase the fiber and B vitamins of this tasty dish!

                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                          13. Lemon Garlic Chicken

                            Make your protein and side dish at the same time with flavorful chicken that the whole family will love! In less than an hour, you can have a beautiful and balanced plate with veggies and protein.

                            This flavorful lemon garlic chicken will give you the protein and excitement to spice up any plate!

                            ~ Check out the recipe here!

                            14. Chicken Fajitas

                              Quick, easy and very few dirty dishes are used to create these fajitas that will rival even your favorite Mexican restaurant!

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                              Feel free to top these with whatever you wish but be sure to include fresh avocado for a bump-up in vitamins and minerals.

                              Tip: If you enjoy sour cream on your fajitas, opt for plain Greek yogurt that is higher in protein, lower in calories, and just as tasty!

                              ~ Check out the recipe here!

                              15. Coconut Chicken Curry

                                A big bowl of coconut chicken curry over rice is what dreams are made of! This bright, flavorful dish is full of vegetables and lean protein without the dryness!

                                What can usually take a few hours, create this colorful dish in just 30 minutes with your power pressure cooker!

                                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                16. Cashew Chicken

                                  This take-out classic can be on your plate in just 20-minutes but you can pretend you took hours to create it when everyone asks for the recipe! You can double the green bell pepper to increase the veggies without sacrificing any flavor. Serve this classic over brown rice for extra fiber and minerals.

                                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                  17. Meatloaf

                                    Meatloaf has been a menu staple since sliced bread but never did it only take 20 minutes to make! This recipe includes the meatloaf and the sides to create a one-pot dream. Perfect to serve after long weekdays, this dish is a comforting staple.

                                    And don’t be fooled by the short cooking time, this meatloaf is the best of both worlds- it’s juicy and fast to make!

                                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                    Despite its apparent roots in the crockpot concept, power pressure cooker meals are apt to be much healthier. Without the need for fatty sauces to create flavor and prevent dryness, the power pressure cooker uses the heat generated by the water to cook the food. This leads to more flavor without dryness and overall leaner meals.

                                    The power pressure cooker is the answer for anyone striving for healthy, balanced meals with a crazy weeknight schedule.

                                    It really can do it all. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll feel great after enjoying healthy, balanced meals while easily juggling all the activities you enjoy!

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