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Coffee, packaging and storage, how and why does packaging effect the quality of your coffee.
Step 1: Beans
Green beans, after drying and packaging, can last a long time. This is provided that they are stored properly, kept dry and not exposed to moisture and high humidity levels. Green beans are packed in burlap (jute) or Hessian sacks, usually 60 -
Step 2: Roasted beans
Once beans are roasted, the beans are cooled and gases are released. The beans should ideally be packed within 12 -
Step 3: Packaging options and logistics.
Many attempts have been, and are being made to seal in the flavour of fresh coffee -
Unfortunately for coffee lovers, most of the beans that are readily available to the coffee lover have been sitting in a logistical holding pattern or on a shop shelf for too long and are well passed their best by the time your favourite brew hits your lips.
Step 4: Artisan or specialist roasters
One of the many advantages in buying from artisan or specialist coffee roasters is that beans are generally roasted to order. In addition therefore to being assured of fresh coffee, you can also be assured that the roaster is selecting only the best coffee, coffee that he roasts for his own enjoyment ands coffee that satisfies his own passion.
The term ‘specialist coffee’ refers to those roasters and others in the coffee industry who are dedicated to make quality their highest priority when it comes to the coffee cycle. A commitment to the highest standards from the farmyard to the cup.
The team at the EL Coffee Company subscribe to this principal.
1. It’s not really necessary but, if you are stuck with a lot of stock which you are not about to use soon , beans or ground coffee can be stored in the freezer provided the pack has not been opened. Once open, they should be sealed in an airtight container and stored in a dark cupboard. Try and use within 1-
2. Ground. It is preferable to buy beans and to grind these yourself just before use. If you have no option but to buy ground, buy smaller quantities and try and use within a week or so of purchase. Our roaster says: “I am always concerned when we sell ground coffee. While we vacuum pack this immediately after grinding, as soon as ground coffee is exposed to normal air, flavour loss is accelerated.”
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