If you’re like me, protecting the taste of your next cup of Kona coffee is important. Don’t leave something so pleasant to chance. You sure would not want your Kona coffee to lose the wonderful taste it is known for, or even worse, to taste like something you have stored in your refrigerator!
The first thing to consider is “Kona Coffee Bean” you should purchase your Kona coffee. Green beans are the best to store and can last for over a year, but few folks have roasters on hand when the urge for Kona coffee strikes. For the rest of us, roasting the beans just prior to shipping is essential to get the best flavor. How far in advance the beans are roasted is something that you will want to ask your supplier.
Once your coffee arrives, it is very important to store it properly. Certain elements are known to reduce the flavor of the coffee. Among these is heat, light, moisture and air. From what the experts say, the best solution is either an air tight ceramic container or a glass container that is kept in a cabinet or in a pantry away from direct light. It is never suggested to place your beans in plastic containers as they may absorb the taste of the plastic.
Now that the beans are stored correctly, you should only grind what you will be using in the immediate future. This is when your freezer may be used. Never place your coffee in the refrigerator because it will not stay cold enough and will pick up the taste of other foods. If you grind more than you will use in one batch, just be sure to wrap your ground coffee in an airtight zip lock bag and remove as much air as possible. Try not to grind too much, the constant removal of the zip lock from the freezer will also deplete the taste.
Kona coffee is an investment of one of the finer things in life. To enjoy it to the fullest, you will want to take a little time and make a little effort to get the most out of your next cup!