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Published on March 3, 2021

How To Grind And Store Your Coffee Beans the Right Way

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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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It’s likely that you drink a fair amount of tea or coffee every day. Even if you don’t drink them daily, you probably don’t stay away from occasionally sipping a cup of tea or coffee, as you fancy. Be it a cold winter day or a hot summer afternoon, these caffeine packed beverages are a popular choice. With the extra touch of additional ingredients for taste and health, your caffeine beverage now comes in a variety of creative recipes. Here, below, are 20 delightful tea and coffee recipes to jazz up your regular caffeine dosage and shake you free from your thirst.

1. Easy Chai Tea

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    Easy chai tea is a “throw-in-what-you’ve-got” tea that you can literally spice up with exotic spices to keep you warm through a cold winter. Although winter is almost over, you can’t go wrong trying out this simple recipe. It could even replace your morning and evening beverage—who knows?—since it’s so very simple to prepare. (Click here for the recipe)

    2. Hot and Spicy Himalayan Tea

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      A nice infusion of a whole lot of spices and Darjeeling tea, this hot and spicy Himalayan tea is what has been keeping the people high in the Himalayan mountains warm for ages. Get the taste of Himalaya in a cup with this recipe. (Click here for the recipe)

      3. Hot Cranberry Tea

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        “A cup of tea can solve anything.” When the cup of tea is as good as hot cranberry tea, you don’t worry about having to solve anything. The hot cranberry tea smells just as good as it tastes. You can get inventive making it with the spices that are readily available in your cupboard. (Click here for the recipe)

        4. Hibiscus Lemongrass Tea

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          Hibiscus is slowly gaining popularity in the beverage industry for the health benefits it brings, along with its authentic color and taste. Try hibiscus lemongrass for once instead of lemon in your tea and see. It is just as good iced as it is hot and is easy to prepare. (Click here for the recipe)

          5. Matcha Tea

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            Matcha tea comes with plenty of health benefits. You can prepare matcha tea at home in several ways. In the simplest version, all you have to do is measure the required amount of matcha tea powder and mix it with a small amount of boiling water. Then, you add additional water as necessary. (Click here for the recipe)

            6. Perfect Vanilla Tea

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              Vanilla comes second in the list of the most expensive spices in the world. Its elegant flavor explains why vanilla is loved so much in a wide variety of pastries and beverages. Perfect vanilla tea is a perfect blend of plain tea and exotic spices to create a perfect mug any time of day. (Click here for the recipe)

              7. Lemon Spiced Wellness Tea

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                Feel a bit under the weather? Tea. Even better: lemon spiced wellness tea. It contains no sugar but you can sweeten it as you like. This is your road to wellness. (Click here for the recipe)

                8. Chocolate Mint Cappuccino

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                  Most of us start our day with a big cup of coffee. Hot chocolate mint cappuccino coffee to start a cold winter day- nothing is more soul-warming than that. The invigorating flavor of mint and the richness of chocolate in this cappuccino will take your coffee experience up a notch. (Click here for the recipe)

                  9. Italian Cappuccino

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                    In Italian, cappuccino literally means “little cap”. The frothy, foamy little cap of milk and cream on top of the espresso base has won millions of hearts around the world, making coffee the most popular beverage. It’s best when you use fresh coffee to prepare this drink. This Italian cappuccino would be a nice start to the day during a cold winter or any time of year. (Click here for the recipe)

                    10. Caramel Macchiato

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                      Caramel always leaves its mark when used in any kind of food or beverage. This delicious cup of caramel macchiato is sure to leave you wishing for more. You can try it with different kinds of flavored syrups as substitutes to caramel. Try a cup of warm caramel macchiato with some cookies for a perfect snack. (Click here for the recipe)

                      11. Coffee Frappe

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                        You don’t always have to take your coffee hot; try a frappe. If you like blended coffee drinks, blend vanilla ice cream, vanilla extract, coffee, milk, ice, and simple syrup in a blender until smooth; pour it in a tall glass; top it up with whipped cream and sprinkle the cocoa powder. Enjoy! You can prepare it in an instant. (Click here for the recipe)

                        12. Walnut Coffee Frappe

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                          Blend in some walnut with your coffee frappe and there you have your walnut coffee frappe! This delicious coffee shake will shake you up with its rich texture and taste. There isn’t any better way to enjoy the taste of walnut in a beverage. Treat your family to this delightful frappe to win them over. (Click here for the recipe)

                          13. Easy Peppermint Mocha

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                            If you love the peppermint flavor, you will love this even more: mocha and peppermint. They blend perfectly together. This simple peppermint mocha is easy to make with easily available ingredients and the taste will stimulate your taste buds. The crushed peppermint candy cane topping makes it delightfully minty. (Click here for the recipe)

                            14. Cinnamon Dolce Latte

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                              The simple cinnamon syrup is the secret to this wonderful coffee treat. After all, it’s a cinnamon dolce latte. The heartwarming taste of butter and brown sugar also mix together beautifully in this latte. You can leave out the butter and this drink still stands out for its delightful taste. Give it a try at home and save yourself a trip to Starbucks. (Click here for the recipe)

                              15. Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

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                                This Starbucks-style Frappuccino is cold, creamy rich and truly satisfying. You might be wondering why they call it “Skinny” Caramel Frappuccino. Every ingredient, including the sweetener in this beverage is sugar-free and fat-free to make sure that you stay “skinny” like you want, and there’s guaranteed satisfaction. The recipe claims to have only 50 calories per serving. (Click here for the recipe)

                                16. Chocolate Cherry Jubilee Frappe

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                                  There is no wrong time for a frappe, so here’s another frappe with creative flavors. Mix in a cherry flavor to your coffee frappe to add a new taste twist. This drink is chocolaty and the cherry flavor blends really well with it. I’m sure you will love this chocolate, coffee and cherry combo. (Click here for the recipe)

                                  17. Lemonade Sweet Tea

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                                    Lemon goes very well with any kind of tea, hot or iced. A tall glass of hot lemon tea early in the morning helps cleanse your digestive system, experts say. This tall glass of cold lemon tea is equally revitalizing and thirst quenching. (Click here for the recipe)

                                    18. Ginger-and-Honey Sweet Tea

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                                      Tea is known to have antioxidants that help you fight aging. Add ginger and honey to it and get a healthy and delightful iced tea. Sip and savor this iced drink on a summer day to beat the heat. (Click here for the recipe)

                                      19. Minty Iced Green Tea

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                                        People love green tea for the health benefits they believe it has. Studies show that drinking green tea helps fight cancer and heart diseases. Mint leaves add a cool, refreshing flavor to this simple green tea. This makes a healthy beverage perfect for quenching your thirst any time and in any season.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                        20. Nutella Blended Coffee Drink

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                                          The infusion of the flavors in this blended coffee is over the top. Chocolate, coffee, Nutella; people love them already for what they are individually. The combo of these three is a unique flavor that you will love even more. (Click here for the recipe)

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