What’s the best way to keep coffee beans fresh?

Welcome to Burning Questions, The Takeout’s video series in which we answer all your culinary quandaries and ponderings.

Coffee snobs, as insufferable as they might be, are right about one thing: you really can taste the difference when you’re drinking a fresh, carefully brewed cup. But you don’t need tons of know-how or any special equipment to make the most of whatever coffee beans you decide to buy—it’s all about starting with the freshest beans possible. We spoke to experts to get their insight on how to keep beans from going stale in your pantry. For the full investigation, head here.

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jjdebenedictis
jjdebenedictis

Not related to freshness, but I read (somewhere) that keeping your beans refrigerated means they’re more dense (due to thermal expansion) and this can improve extraction if you grind them straight from the fridge.

Now, I hate coffee, but Spouse loves it, so he started doing this and claims it does improve the flavour a tiny amount. He refrigerates only two days worth in an airtight container; the rest is stored at room temperature (also in an airtight container, in the dark of the cupboard).

And I, coffee-hater, am again left wondering if all the involved technical drama and histrionic ceremony involved in getting a good cup happens because this stuff, simply, just tastes bad. (Smells incredible, though; I can’t fault y’all for that.)

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