1. Check The Roast Date!
Most reputable roasters will include a "Roasted On" date on their bag. If instead, it's an "Expiry Date" you can assume it's one year from the roast date:
Roasted On: Feb.1st/2024 = Expiry Date: Feb. 1st/2025
A good rule of thumb is avoid buying anything older than 3 weeks off roast.
2. Packaging Is Important
Ensure the coffee you're buying has a degassing valve, it's an indication the coffee was likely packaged fresh soon after roasting.
One-way Valves prevent Coffee bags from exploding due to beans releasing bound up CO2 from the roasting process. It allows the bag to release pressure while keeping oxygen out!
Most roasters will have valves, but it's also essential that the packaging has an airtight seal and is opaque. These prevent oxidation and shields the coffee from light.
3. Store In A Cool, Dry & Dark Place
When storing your coffee, keep it in a cold, dry and dark place, and away from heat sources like floor vents.
*Avoid the fridge, as it doesn't remove moisture and can lead to mold. Freezing isn't ideal either, as transferring your beans in-and-out can cause condensation and cause molding.
4. Transfer To An Airtight Container
After opening the bag, transfer your coffee to an airtight or vacuum-sealed container. A dry mason jar works but we prefer n opaque stainless steel or ceramic vessel.