To get coffee that is freshest, the best thing to do would be to buy unroasted beans, then roast and crush them on the very day you want to drink the beverage.
However, roasting beans is nothing less than a specialty in cooking. Only if you are ready to invest in a quite expensive device, you will have results that will make you very happy, otherwise you will have to be content with less than perfect brew. And even if the methods are followed perfectly there are high chances of your rooms being invaded by an annoying odor which can take some time to get rid of.
After you roast the beans they will stay fresh for some time. Freshly roasted grounds by itself send out little amount of carbon dioxide which aids in keeping oxygen away from the beans, postponing the time of spoilage. When you store them in an airtight container with a drying agent, then for up to a week they will still be good to taste and release a splendid aroma.
Obviously, the faster you use it up after roasting and grounding the fresher they will remain. But even a few days later they can still give an excellent grind and a good quality brew. The flavor will still be tasty when two weeks are gone, even though the aroma will no longer retain its first rate effect. Coffee made from whole beans stored at the best conditions will be bland in a months time.
The most essential thing for getting a nice cup from bought roasted beans is to make sure that they have unbroken skin. If that is so, then there may a compromise in quality. Oils below the skin and inside the beans will fall from quality if they are not frozen, when the brew will not at all be of the highest quality.
When you store beans do use a container that is air-tight. A glass vessel used for instant tea grounds could be the one, but its not adequate there will be leakage around the lid. A strong glass jar with a rubber seal will serve right. You will surely find the thing online. Ensure that the jar is kept in a dark and cool place, since heat, light as well as air can spoil the beans to your dismay.
What is still better, but costly, is a container that remove air with an inert gas, then put the coffee beans which release carbon dioxide, ensuring natural safeguard from getting spoiled. When stored in the way, the beans can be as good s ever for many weeks.
The second best thing to roasting at home, and a choice available to those who are not so sure about their culinary efficiency, is crushing at home.
At average rates you will find good grinders, they are usually simple to use and are not a pain for cleaning. Many coffee grinders have automatic settings that with easy trial and error it will not be wholly impossible to obtain regularly fine grinds.
If they are not stowed away in desiccating vessels the beans will loose a lot of flavor in just a matter of hours. The oils will evaporate get exposed to the air and form moisture inside the container and the grounds will not be the same again.
For the best cup, grind only the amount that is required for the immediate brew and consume the brew within an hour. There is no longer any reason to force second d arte coffee on yourself with modern, less expensive devices.
Author: Linden WalhardThis author has published 7 articles so far.