At Roastworks, we are all about ensuring you experience the freshest coffee possible. We roast all of our blends and single origins to order, and therefore the coffee you order from us reaches you super fresh and in peak condition only days after roasting.
How you store this specialty coffee at home is an important part of ensuring you are getting the most from your coffee experience, and correct storage can make a huge difference to the taste in the cup.
START BY KNOWING YOUR ROAST DATE
When you buy your coffee from Roastworks, it will have been roasted for you when you ordered, so it is guaranteed to be only a few days from roasting. If you are buying coffee from elsewhere, before purchasing, check the roast date! It has become a standard for bags of specialty coffee to show the roast date. If you are using the coffee for espresso, 10-21 days after roasting is the ideal window in which to use the coffee. For filter brewing methods, anything from 5-14 days is ideal.
BUY WHOLE COFFEE BEANS
Only buy whole bean coffee, and buy it in small amounts rather than ‘stocking up’. Investing in a grinder and grinding only the amount of fresh coffee you need just before brewing it, will give you the best cup possible. When coffee is ground it begins to age rapidly. Although coffee in whole bean form can last up to a month, once ground, coffee becomes stale within a matter of hours.
USE THE RIGHT CONTAINER
Our small bags have a zip lock for easy storage. When re-sealing, squeeze the air out of them before ensuring the zip-lock is firmly closed. If you are storing coffee in a container, make sure the container is the smallest one possible to hold the amount of coffee you have. Many people forget that while the container my be ‘air tight’, any unused space inside of the container contains air that you are just trapping inside the container, and it is this air that will be ‘stailing’ your coffee.
KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT AND SUNLIGHT
Heat and sunlight rapidly ages roasted coffee, and will affect the flavour and intensity of your coffee. Keep your coffee in a cool, dry and dark place to eliminate heat, moisture and light.
NEVER STORE IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER
Although you must store your coffee in a cool place, never put your coffee in the fridge or freezer. This is because coffee easily absorbs odors, moisture, and flavours of foods stored near it, so leaving it in your fridge or freezer will completely alter the flavour of the coffee in a negative way.