For the freshest coffee, we recommend buying whole bean coffee in order to preserve taste. Ground coffee looses it’s flavor more rapidly than whole bean. Ground coffee presents more surface area and smaller particles to the air which accelerates the loss of the coffee’s characteristic oils. For those who don’t have a grinder, it is always wise to buy your coffee from a company that has an in-house roaster. Dream Ship utilizes a vintage Gothot 90kg Roaster and our coffees are roasted daily.
Storage when your coffee arrives is best done in an airtight container that will keep out air and moisture. The best storage containers are glass ones with a rubber ring sealing lid since these will not alter the taste or characteristics of your coffee.
Where To Store Your Coffee
It is not advised that you store your coffee in the refrigerator as this introduces extra moisture and unwanted flavors into the coffee.
Freezing will maintain the freshness of the coffee and enable you to store it for a longer period of time if you freeze it in a moisture proof container. Leave out only what you would use in a week. Whole beans freeze better than ground coffee to insure fuller flavor. We do not recommend storing Your coffee in the bag it arrives in no matter what type of bag it is, nor do we recommend metal…both of these allow moisture in and leach their odors into the coffee. Glass is preferable and plastic is acceptable. Do not keep coffee frozen longer than three months . The ideal is to have only enough on hand to last one month and reorder when you are in the third week.
If you wish to roast your own coffee, there are several good books that you can find online that will give you tips on how to do this.
Can I Mix the Old and New Coffees?
It is not suggested that you mix in your fresh coffee with the old coffee…this diminishes the flavor of the new fresh coffee and makes the flavor flatten out into a mediocre to poor cup of coffee.
Shelf Life of Coffees
The darker the roast, the better the flavor and the shorter the shelf life. Commercially canned coffees are light roasted. Premium and fine gourmet coffees are Full City, Espresso and Dark Roasted to awaken the aroma and flavor to a much higher degree of excellence. There is an incredible difference between a cup of commercial coffee…and a cup of fine Gourmet coffee. Green Coffee will keep indefinitely. In fact, there are some coffees that are allowed to age for years in the g reen state to provide a truly vintage flavor. Roasting brings out the coffee’s flavor to it’s full potential.
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