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Coffee Storage and Cooking Tips

Proper storage of coffee is essential


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Brewed coffee, ground coffee, and coffee beans

© 2006 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

Coffee Storage

Whole bean and ground coffees lose their flavor quickly, so it is important to store them properly. Grinding beans fresh daily is preferably, if possible.

Store whole roasted beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks. For longer storage, place beans in a zip-top bag with the air removed or any other airtight container filled with no airspace, and freeze up to three months.

Refrigerate freshly ground coffee in an airtight container. Use freshly ground coffee quickly since it begins to lose its flavor after only two days.

Cooking with Coffee Tips and Hints

• Coffee flavoring is distinctive in most dessert recipes, but when adding to meat dishes, it tends to bring out the meat flavor without an overpowering coffee flavor.

• Freeze leftover coffee in ice trays to use in iced coffee, stews, and sauces.

• Like garlic, the smaller the grind of coffee, the stronger the flavor.

• A pinch of salt to coffee grounds will help combat acidic coffee.

• Spice up coffee with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice added to the ground coffee. Citrus zest will also add zing to boring coffee.

More About Coffee and Cooking:

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What is espresso / expresso? FAQ
Coffee Types
Coffee History
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