Remember last week when I attended a coffee tasting and Webinar hosted by Green Mountain Coffee and met Lindsay Bolger, the “nose” of the company? Well, now I am going to tell you what I learned! 😉
As part of the Webinar, I did my best to engage in conversation, ask questions, and not be completely awkward. One of the questions that I asked Lindsay was how to store coffee. I’ve heard lots of different things about the “proper” way to store it, so I figured she could offer her advice for the best method.
The first thing that Lindsay suggested was buying whole bean coffee and grinding it as needed. This way, the beans are as fresh as possible each time you brew it. Additionally, she recommended buying only enough coffee for what you’d use in one week.
To prevent your beans from staling, Lindsay suggested storing your coffee in a dry place, such a foil-lined bag (like the ones Green Mountain Coffee comes in) on your kitchen counter or an air-tight container (like the one below) for up to a week. Of course, you can store it longer, but for the freshest coffee, she recommended about a week.
I’m lazy so I grind my entire bag of coffee at once, and then keep the tightly sealed bag inside my coffee canister. I figured the double storage would help keep the coffee fresh for longer! 😉
When I asked Lindsay about storing coffee in the freezer, she suggested only doing this when you have an unopened bag of coffee. For instance, if your favorite coffee goes on sale and you buy a bunch of bags, it’s a smart idea to store them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. But, removing and refreezing an opened bag of coffee speeds up the staling process since the coffee is exposed to oxygen and water (condensation) each time.
FYI: You know that little “valve” on the front of foil-lined coffee bags? Well, its purpose is to prevent oxygen from getting into the bag, but it allows carbon-monoxide to escape. Interesting, right? I had no idea.
As I previously mentioned, I don’t grind my coffee beans at home. I don’t own a grinder, so I buy ground coffee or grind a full bag of beans at the grocery store as needed. However, Lindsay made a strong case for freshly ground beans, so now I’m thinking about buying a grinder! 😉
Lindsay said you don’t need to own a fancy, expensive grinder to have fresh coffee. In fact, she bought her coffee grinder at Target for about $12. At the GMC tasting, I definitely noticed an enhanced flavor when I tried the coffee from the freshly ground beans and brewed coffee. It tasted incredibly fresh.
When grinding coffee, Lindsay suggested pulsing, shaking, and tipping the grinder upside-down to evenly distribute all of the coffee particles.
The grinds should have a similar texture to coarsely ground corn meal.
After learning all of this, I’m definitely inspired to give my usual coffee-brewing method a facelift. I might just need to buy a coffee grinder– maybe I’ll even give my French Press a whirl! 😉
FREE coffee alert!! Today at 4:00 PM EST, Green Mountain Coffee is giving away free full-sized samples of their coffee (or a sleeve of K-Cups) on their Facebook page. (Just click on ‘Events’ and you’ll see the “Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade-Out Tasting” event.) I already set a reminder on my Google calendar. I want free coffee!!
This morning’s breakfast included a delicious glass of iced coffee with soy milk.
And a bowl of apple crisp oatmeal, which is just leftover apple crisp cooked with old-fashioned oats on the stovetop. I also threw in about a teaspoon of brown sugar for some added sweetness.
Question of the Day
Are you a regular coffee drinker? At what age did you start drinking it?