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How to Keep Coffee Beans Fresh

Learn how to keep coffee beans fresh from the experts at Third Rail Coffee in this Howcast video.


My name is Mike Jones, and I'm a barista at Third Rail Coffee right by Washington Square Park in New York City. I'm going to teach you some basic coffee-making skills.

How do you keep coffee beans fresh? You want to keep them in an air tight container away from direct sunlight and at a room temperature environment. You also want to drink it within 3 to 14 days. You can have coffee at home for up to a month, or even longer but you'll definitely—there'll be a noticeable diminishing of flavor as it goes on. As far as storing ground coffee, I would recommend, first of all, that you get a grinder at home. You can get hand grinders for 30 to 40 dollars. It makes such a vast improvement how your coffee tastes that, it's almost a no-brainer investment I would say. But if you do get coffee ground, I would definitely drink it within five days otherwise it would just be really stale tasting.

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