4 Signs of Coffee Freshness
Roasted coffee is a perishable food -
just like fresh produce or artisan bread. The flavor peaks
a few days after roasting and diminishes once exposed to
air, light, and moisture.
But unlike fresh produce or bread, it's not always clear
when coffee is past its prime. So, how do you know when
your coffee beans are fresh? Check for these 4 signs. And
remember, whole bean coffee will remain fresh for a longer
period of time than ground coffee.
- Envelops you when you open the bag. Deep and intoxicating,
intense and fragrant.
- Essential oils of the beans surface and exhibit a shiny
- Coffee gases from fresh grounds will bubble and "froth"
when mixed with hot water.
- Fresh coffee tastes complex and vibrant, rather than flat
Of course, one way to know your coffee is truly fresh is
to buy from the Rich Islands Coffee Company. To ensure the
freshest, best-tasting cup, we recommend buying coffee in
small quantities frequently (not more than you can drink
in 1-2 weeks), storing coffee in an airtight container,
grinding coffee beans just before you brew, and drinking
coffee within 30 minutes of brewing.