Coffee storage tips 

Queensland's scorching summer has left many grappling with the challenge of preserving their beloved coffee amidst ever-changing weather conditions. As humidity levels fluctuate, our café partners find themselves constantly adjusting grind settings to maintain the consistency crucial for a top-tier espresso experience throughout the day.

At Montville Coffee, we've been diligently advising our customers on optimal coffee storage practices to safeguard the integrity of their weekly coffee supply. However, even we encountered hurdles, particularly in our pursuit of compostable packaging for online orders, as the relentless Queensland humidity posed quality control issues.

These experiences underscore the paramount importance of proper coffee storage. So, how can we ensure our coffee stays fresh year-round, especially when the climate seems determined to foil our efforts?

Several factors accelerate coffee staling, including humidity, temperature, light, and oxygen. To combat these adversaries, here are some timeless guidelines:

  • Keep it sealed: Store your Montville coffee in its resealable bag upon arrival. It is designed to maintain freshness, shielding the coffee from light and external odours. For those who prefer to transfer beans or grounds, opt for an opaque, airtight option to prevent photo-degradation.

  • Control temperature and light: Store your coffee in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Placing it in a low cupboard or drawer can offer added protection during temperature spikes.

  • Ground vs whole beans: Ground coffee ages more rapidly due to its increased surface area. Investing in a quality grinder allows for fresher, more consistent coffee. Ensure your coffee bag features a one-way air valve to preserve freshness and expel excess carbon dioxide.

  • Fresh is key: Purchase smaller quantities of coffee more frequently to maximise freshness and minimise flavour degradation. Consider our coffee subscription service to ensure a constant supply of fresh beans without the risk of running out.

By adhering to these storage guidelines, you can prolong the life of your coffee and savour every cup at its peak flavour, regardless of the weather outside.

February 29, 2024 — Sean McGowan