Please store your coffees whole bean and grind just before brewing.
—Coffee Container Types— Glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers with airtight gaskets are ideal for storing coffee. Opaque, airtight containers are best for counter top storage.
If you don’t have a grinder, please invest in one that is a BURR grinder using two grinding plates to grind consistently and evenly. They can cost from $40 to $120. Clean your grinder weekly. Unflavored coffee can take on the flavor and aroma of a flavored coffee that was ground just prior. Avoid this by cleaning the grinder after flavors or simply grind some unflavored through and add it to your flavored grinds. Do not store coffee in your grinder for more than a couple days.
—Coffee Brewers— For best results, clean your brewer’s water reservoir bi-monthly to remove scale and lime buildup. Run white vinegar through to keep it operating properly.
—Coffee’s Freshness Over Time— Coffee begins to lose its freshness as soon as it is done roasting, and is at its peak in the first few days after it is roasted. Purchasing and storing your coffees unopened as whole beans will ensure freshness. Ground coffee is best when consumed within one to two weeks of grinding. If you want to buy a larger quantity of coffee, store it in a vacuum sealed, airtight container in a cool, dark area. Keep a smaller quantity in a smaller container for daily use.