We've talked about ways to prepare a good cup of coffee, but another secret to a good cup is to not over-buy coffee or store it in the fridge or freezer. Coffee has a short shelf-life and should be purchased and consumed as such.Photo by L.K.
Storing coffee in the fridge or freezer is a surefire way to make sure it soaka up the moisture and odours from its surroundings, and wind up tasting grassy and bitter when finally brewed. Carolyn Malcoun of Eating Well Magazine suggests instead that you treat coffee like any product that goes bad quickly: buy a 5-7 day supply, consume it, and then buy more when you run out instead of treating coffee like a bulk product. In the interim, keep your coffee in an airtight, sealed jar in a cool, dry and dark place. She's right: the oils in coffee go rancid quickly, and keeping whole beans in moist places is a ticket to a bad cup.
The freezer/fridge idea is just one of the coffee preparation myths she busts in her list, so if you're looking for an easy way to a better cup of coffee, the whole list is worth a look. How do you store your coffee? Share your tips in the comments.