The Coffee Survival Guide: Tips & Tricks on How to Store Your Coffee - Alpha Coffee

The Coffee Survival Guide: Tips & Tricks on How to Store Your Coffee

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups consumed every day. As a company that prides itself on delivering exceptional coffee experiences 100% of the time, ensuring the freshness and quality of our coffee is paramount.

One crucial aspect of maintaining optimal freshness is proper storage. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore tips and tricks on how to store your coffee effectively, guaranteeing your coffee stays fresh and full of flavor for as long as possible.

From understanding the enemies of coffee freshness to implementing best practices for storage, this guide will equip you with the knowledge to elevate your at-home coffee experience.

Tip 1: Choose Quality Beans
It all begins with the beans! At Alpha, your coffee is roasted shortly before it ships to you. All of our coffee is sourced from the highest quality coffee farms from around the world which use only the best practices for producing coffee beans.
  • Start With Whole Beans: Whole beans are preferable over pre-ground coffee as they retain their flavor and aroma for a longer period. When coffee beans are ground, they start to lose their essential oils, which are responsible for giving them their unique flavors. Therefore, it's best to buy whole beans and grind them just before brewing for a fresher and more flavorful cup. (For those without a grinder, know that Alpha Coffee always grinds to order! Rest assured, your coffee was ground the same day it was shipped.)
  • Check the Packaging: Proper packaging is crucial in preserving the freshness of coffee beans. Look for bags that have one-way valves that release carbon dioxide while preventing oxygen from entering. Oxygen exposure can cause oxidation and stale flavors in your coffee.
  • Consider the Origin: Different regions around the world produce different types of coffee with distinct flavors and characteristics. It's worth experimenting with different origins to find your preferred taste profile. Some popular regions known for producing high-quality beans include Ethiopia, Kenya, Honduras, and Guatemala. Sample these Alpha Coffee World Origins here.
Tip 2: Airtight Storage is Key

Exposure to air is one of the biggest enemies of coffee beans. When coffee beans come into contact with oxygen, they begin to oxidize and lose their flavor. This process can happen quickly, so it's important to minimize the amount of air that comes into contact with your coffee beans.



An airtight container also protects your coffee from external odors and flavors. Coffee beans have a porous surface that easily absorbs odors from its surroundings. If stored in an open container or near strong-smelling foods or spices, your coffee may end up tasting like those scents instead of its own unique flavor profile.

  • Use Containers with a Tight-Fitting Lid: Look for containers specifically designed for storing food items such as flour or sugar. These typically have lids that create an airtight seal when closed properly.
  • Avoid Clear Containers: Clear containers allow light to penetrate through and can affect the quality of your coffee over time. Opt for opaque or dark-colored containers instead. 
  • Consider Vacuum-Sealed Containers: For ultimate airtight storage, you may want to invest in vacuum-sealed containers that remove all the air from inside. This method is especially useful for those who buy their coffee beans in bulk.

Did you know Alpha Coffee’s Airscape Storage Containers meet all of these requirements? Check them out here!

Tip 3: Avoid Light & Heat

Don't be a coffee killer! Coffee beans contain oils that can easily turn bitter when exposed to bright light for extended periods. This is why it's best to store your coffee in a dark place, away from natural or artificial light sources. This could be a pantry, cupboard or even a dedicated coffee storage container.

Heat is another enemy of freshly roasted coffee beans. High temperatures can accelerate the oxidation process and cause the oils in the beans to evaporate quickly, resulting in stale-tasting coffee. To avoid this, keep your coffee away from heat sources such as stovetops, ovens or direct sunlight through windows.

Tip 4: Clean Your Equipment Often

Over time, coffee oils can build up in your grinder, brewing equipment, and storage containers, which can lead to a stale and unpleasant tasting cup of coffee. Cleaning your equipment regularly will not only enhance the flavor of your brew but also prolong its lifespan.

  • Grinder Maintenance: Your grinder is one of the most crucial pieces of equipment when it comes to making a great cup of coffee. It's essential to keep it clean as any leftover grounds or oils can affect the taste and aroma of your coffee. Wiping down the inside of your hopper with a dry paper towel after each use helps tremendously with oil buildup. For a more thorough clean, take off all removable parts and clean with warm soapy. Make sure all parts are COMPLETELY DRY before reassembling the grinder. 
  • Brewing Equipment: Whether you use a pour-over, French press, or espresso machine, it's essential to clean them after each use. Leftover coffee grounds and oils can quickly accumulate in these types of equipment, leading to off-flavors in future brews.
  • Storage Containers: Just like how food can go bad if stored improperly for too long; coffee beans are also susceptible to spoilage if not kept correctly. Therefore, cleaning your storage containers regularly is crucial for preserving the freshness of your beans.
Tip 5: Don’t Refrigerate or Freeze

When it comes to storing coffee, many people make the mistake of refrigerating or freezing their beans in an attempt to keep them fresh. However, this is actually not recommended for several reasons. Refrigeration can cause condensation to form on the beans, which can lead to a loss of flavor and aroma. Like previously mention, coffee beans are porous and can easily absorb moisture from the surrounding environment. When placed in a cold fridge or freezer, the moisture will condense on the beans and affect their taste.

Additionally, fluctuations in temperature can also damage the integrity of the beans. Every time you take out your coffee from the fridge or freezer and bring it back to room temperature, there is a risk of condensation forming inside the packaging. This constant change in temperature can affect the oils within the beans, resulting in a stale taste.


Proper storage of coffee is crucial in maintaining its freshness and flavor. By following the tips and tricks outlined above, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to preserve the integrity of your coffee beans and elevate your at-home coffee experience.

From selecting high-quality beans to investing in airtight storage containers and avoiding common pitfalls like exposure to light and heat, you'll be well on your way to enjoying consistently delicious cups of coffee.

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