The way that you should store coffee depends on what form you buy it in. Pre-ground coffee loses its freshness much faster than the actual beans do, so if you buy coffee in this form, you should make sure to consume it as quickly as possible. Ideally, you will want to finish a can of ground coffee in a maximum of two weeks, assuming that you are storing it in a sealed, airtight container. Whole beans last a bit longer, staying fresh for up to about a month. If you do buy beans, then you should only ground them at the very last minute in order to ensure that your cup of Joe is as fresh and tasty as possible.
You should ideally store your coffee, in whatever form, at room temperature, or in a cold, dark place. Make sure that it won’t be exposed to sunlight or any form of heat, and be sure to keep it in an airtight container. Avoid the freezer at all costs, as not only will it dry out your coffee, but it can also affect the taste – and you definitely don’t want your cup of coffee tasting like the inside of your freezer. If you absolutely must store your coffee in the freezer, then make sure to wrap it extremely well in aluminum foil and seal it to the best of your ability; it can keep this way for up to a month. But whatever you do, don’t ever open a bag of pre-ground coffee and then store it in the freezer after you’ve opened it, taking it out and putting it back in every time you want to make yourself a cup. This repeated change in temperature will ruin your coffee grounds beyond repair, resulting in a very unpleasant tasting cup.
How to Find & buy Coffee
Finding coffee is not only incredibly easy, but it’s probably also second nature to you by now. Ground coffee can be found in supermarkets and health food stores, as well as some convenience stores. Whole coffee beans can be a little bit harder to find, and I would highly recommend heading to your nearest coffee grinder where you can find the best quality beans, and even get them ground on the spot if you prefer.
Of course, there is also instant coffee, which is very easy to find at the supermarket and is even easier to make. Instant coffee can come in all sorts of flavors as well, so if you like drinking Cappuccinos but can’t be bothered to go through the whole process of making one, you might want to look into some of the brands that make instant ones.
You can also now find high-quality coffee in capsules or pods, like those made by Nespresso or Senseo. Nespresso can only be found in their own stores or online, whereas Senseo pods are a bit more readily available.
Tips on Preparation
There are so many different ways to prepare coffee apart from just having it black. First of all, you can try adding some milk or half and a half to dilute it and make it creamier. Sugar can be added according to taste, just as other flavorings like cinnamon, cacao powder, chocolate or nutmeg. You can also try experimenting with artificial flavorings to recreate your favorite Starbucks beverage; try adding a shot of vanilla, hazelnut, caramel or mocha syrup to add some extra flavor.
You can also try making your own cold coffee, which is perfect for the summertime. All you need to do is make your coffee how you like it, and then add loads of cold milk or ice cubes. Nothing beats an iced latte on a hot summer day.