Should ground coffee be stored in a fridge?

Should ground coffee be stored in a fridge?

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  1. It is important not to refrigerate or freeze your daily supply of coffee because contact with moisture will cause it to deteriorate. Instead, store coffee in air-tight glass or ceramic containers and keep it in a convenient, but dark and cool, location. Remember that a cabinet near the oven is often too warm, as is a cabinet on an outside wall of your kitchen if it receives heat from a strong afternoon or summer sun.
    The commercial coffee containers that you purchased your coffee in are generally not appropriate for long-term storage. Appropriate coffee storage canisters with an airtight seal are a worthwhile investment.
    We will never, never, never (did we say never?) recommend that you store coffee in the fridge, whether its green coffee, whole beans, or ground coffee. Sure, it’s cool. But it’s also maybe the very worst place you can store your coffee. The biggest reason is this: coffee is very porous. On one hand, the fact that its porous and absorbs flavors well is a big plus. It’s why you can buy french vanilla and hazelnut flavored coffee beans that actually do taste like french vanilla and hazelnut when you brew a cup of coffee. On the other hand, there are a whole lotta flavors floating around in that fridge of yours, 99.9% of them which have no business flavoring your coffee. Bologna coffee? Tuna fish casserole coffee? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
    If you’ve purchased a large quantity of coffee that you will not use immediately, small portions, wrapped in airtight bags, can be stored for up to a month in the freezer. Once you have removed them from the freezer, however, do not return them. Instead, move them to an air-tight container and store in a cool, dry place.
    Storage is integral to maintaining your coffee’s freshness and flavor. It is important to keep it away from excessive air, moisture, heat, and light — in that order — in order to preserve its fresh-roast flavor as long as possible. Coffee beans are decorative and beautiful to look at but you will compromise the taste of your coffee if you store your beans in ornamental, glass canisters on your kitchen countertop. Doing so will cause them to become stale and your coffee will quickly lose its fresh flavor.

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  2. Three things destroy coffee
    1) oxygen
    2) heat
    3) time
    The last two accelerate the damage of the first.
    If you can refrigerate with an airtight seal that allows little to no condensation, yes it’s better than storing at room temperature.
    My advice is buy whole bean and use a grinder. For a small period after roasting, the beans are filled with carbon dioxide that mitigates oxidation (until the CO2 leaches out and O2 leached in.)

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  3. Well, ground coffee should not be stored. Why don’t you invest in a cheap grinder? You can get a manual grinder for a few dollars.

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  4. No. Do not refrigerate or freeze your coffee, whole bean or ground. Condensation will form each time the container you have it in opens, altering the flavor. Store airtight in an opaque container, at room temperature. Under optimal conditions, your coffee will remain fresh for seven days.

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