The best way to store coffee is a sticky situation, there are probably as many ways to store coffee correctly as there are opinions about the subject. Here is an opinion from the NCA (National Coffee Association.)

“Keep beans airtight and cool

Your beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light.

To preserve your beans’ fresh roasted flavour as long as possible, store them in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. Coffee beans can be beautiful, but avoid clear canisters which will allow light to compromise the taste of your coffee. 

Keep your beans in a dark and cool location. A cabinet near the oven is often too warm, and so is a spot on the kitchen counter that gets strong afternoon sun.

Coffee’s retail packaging is generally not ideal for long-term storage. If possible, invest in storage canisters with an airtight seal.

Buy the right amount

Coffee begins to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting. Try to buy smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee more frequently – enough for one or two weeks. 

Exposure to air is bad for your beans. If you prefer to keep your beans in an accessible and/or attractive container, it may be a good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, with the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container.

This is especially important when buying pre-ground coffee, because of the increased exposure to oxygen. If you buy whole beans, grind the amount you need immediately before brewing.”  Mom says never buy reground coffee, you don’t know when it was ground, and unless you plan on drinking it all at once; avoid pre-ground coffee if you want the fresh coffee taste.

 

To Freeze or Not to Freeze?

There is a lot of different opinions on whether or not to freeze coffee bean, don’t even think of freezing pre-ground coffee, that is unthinkable. Again here is the NCA’s stated opinion:

“Freshness is critical to a quality cup of coffee. Experts agree that coffee should be consumed as quickly as possible after it is roasted, especially once the original packaging seal has been broken.

While there are different views on whether or not coffee should be frozen or refrigerated, the main consideration is that coffee absorbs moisture – and odors, and tastes – from the air around it, since it is hygroscopic (bonus vocabulary word for all the coffee geeks out there).

Most home storage containers still let in small amounts of oxygen, which is why food stored a long time in the freezer can suffer freezer burn. Therefore, if you do refrigerate or freeze your beans, be sure to use a truly airtight container.

If you choose to freeze your coffee, quickly remove as much as you need for no more than a week at a time, and return the rest to the freezer before any condensation forms on the frozen coffee.

Freezing your beans does not change the basic brewing process.”

In a nutshell, if you freeze your coffee beans use them up as soon as possible.

Another opinion from Real Simple:

“Keep It Shelved

The best way to keep ground coffee or whole beans fresh is to store the coffee on a pantry shelf in an opaque airtight container away from light, heat, and moisture, says Scott McMartin, who has tasted more than half-a-million cups of coffee as a member of the Starbucks Green Coffee Quality group. (If you don’t have a canister, close the top of the bag with a rubber band, then put the bag in a resealable plastic bag.) When you freeze the coffee you use every day, the fluctuating temperatures create moisture in the packet, which can leave your morning cup tasting like cardboard. “The cell structure changes, which causes a loss of the oils that give coffee its aroma and flavour,” says McMartin. So why do so many coffee connoisseurs keep their stashes in the freezer? Probably because they stock up and store the coffee there for a longer time.

When You Can Freeze

It’s fine to freeze whole beans for up to a month, provided you’re not taking them out during that period. “For a large amount of coffee, first divide it into smaller portions, then freeze the portions in airtight bags,” recommends Robert Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the National Coffee Association. When you do remove the frozen beans, put them on a shelf to thaw, and grind and brew within two weeks so the coffee is truly good to the last drop.”

What Does Mom Do,

Mom keeps her beans in hermetically sealed containers as much as possible. Mom does freeze coffee beans when Mom has more than Mom can use in two weeks. Mom is looking to buy vacuum sealed containers to keep Mom’s precious coffee bean as fresh as the day they were roasted. Mom isn’t a happy camper all of the vacuum seal jars are clear!

To summarize keep your beans in a dark airtight container, and freeze only when absolutely necessary.

Sources used:

National Coffee Association ~ Storing Coffee

Bon Apétite Storing Coffee

We settle the Freezer vs. Pantry Discussion

Is coffee healthy for you, well, the answer seems to be yes, no, and maybe? On the plus side, coffee has lots of antioxidants and caffeine, on the negative side, it has caffeine, Cafestol, and mycotoxins. Coffee is reputed to have properties that may prevent some types of liver cancer, and promote heart health. Coffee drank black has approximately only two calories, cream and sugar add to those calories. Drinking large amounts of coffee can lead to increased levels of anxiety in some people, and this is the strange part;

“Bone fractures;

Some studies have found that women who drink a lot of coffee may have a higher risk of bone fractures.

Men with a higher coffee intake, on the other hand, appear to have a slightly lower risk.” Like I said strange. 

Here are some more reported health benefits from other sources:

From Healthline:

13 Health Benefits of Coffee, Based on Science;

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages.

Thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, it also seems to be quite healthy.

Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.

 

Here are the top 13 health benefits of coffee.

Evidence-Based Health Benefits Coffee:

1. Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels (1Trusted Source, 2).

That’s because it contains a stimulant called caffeine — the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world (3).

After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream. From there, it travels to your brain (4).

In the brain, caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine.

When this happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons (5, 6Trusted Source).

Many controlled studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function (7, 8, 9).

 

SUMMARY

Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain, which causes a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.

 

2. Can Help You Burn Fat

Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat-burning supplement — and for good reason. It’s one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning.

Several studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3–11% (10Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source).

Other studies indicate that caffeine can specifically increase fat burning by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people (12Trusted Source).

However, it’s possible that these effects diminish in long-term coffee drinkers.

 

SUMMARY

Several studies show that caffeine can increase fat burning and boost your metabolic rate.

3. Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance

Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, signaling fat cells to break down body fat (13Trusted Source, 14).

But it also increases epinephrine (adrenaline) levels in your blood (15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).

This is the fight-or-flight hormone, which prepares your body for intense physical exertion.

Caffeine breaks down body fat, making free fatty acids available as fuel (17Trusted Source, 18).

Given these effects, it’s unsurprising that caffeine can improve physical performance by 11–12%, on average (20Trusted Source, 29).

Therefore, it makes sense to have a strong cup of coffee about half an hour before you head to the gym.

 

SUMMARY

Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from your fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance.

 

4. Contains Essential Nutrients

Many of the nutrients in coffee beans make their way into the finished brewed coffee.

A single cup of coffee contains (21):

Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.

Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.

Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.

Though this may not seem like a big deal, most people enjoy several cups per day — allowing these amounts to quickly add up.

 

SUMMARY

Coffee contains several important nutrients, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin.

 

5. May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a major health problem, currently affecting millions of people worldwide.

It’s characterized by elevated blood sugar levels caused by insulin resistance or a reduced ability to secrete insulin.

For some reason, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

Studies observe that people who drink the most coffee have a 23–50% lower risk of getting this disease. One study showed a reduction as high as 67% (22, 23Trusted Source, 24Trusted Source, 25, 26).

According to a large review of 18 studies in a total of 457,922 people, each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 7% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes (27Trusted Source).

 

SUMMARY

Several observational studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide.

To read the other eight reasons and consult the quoted sources just click on the following link ~ top 13 health benefits of coffee

9 Side Effects of Too Much Caffeine

More Information about the benefits and risks of drinking coffee click on the following links ~

Health benefits and risks of drinking coffee

20+ Good Health Reasons To Drink Coffee

Mom says to remember that although some of the claims are science based those claims my change tomorrow. Mom does believe that drinking coffee in moderation is good for you. Mom also believes that drinking Red Wine in moderation is good for as well in spite of the yo-yoing scientific claims.

IN other words take everything that you read here with a grain of salt, that is while drinking a cup of coffee,

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