11/04/2011 11:17 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

How To Store Coffee

Although there is a persistent myth about keeping coffee in the refrigerator or freezer, chef Jennifer Purcell of The Culinary Institute of America says that room temperature is best. She advises keeping coffee -- ground or whole bean -- in an airtight glass or porcelain container (a glass jar that has a rubber seal is ideal). Try to only buy 1-2 weeks worth of coffee at a time, and store it in a dark, cool place out of direct sunlight and heat. If you follow these tips, your coffee will stay fresh for every morning's cup.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Jen Purcell from the Culinary Institute of America, and today I'm going to show you this kitchen basic: how to properly store coffee.

Whether you buy whole bean or pre-ground coffee, storage is one of the most important elements of an optimal cup of home brewed coffee. What you want to use is an airtight resealable container, such as a glass or porcelain container that has a rubber seal on it. Whether whole bean or ground coffee, you want to store them in the same manner: not frozen or in the refrigerator. Try to only buy one to two weeks' worth of coffee. Place it in a dark cabinet or pantry, out of direct sunlight and heat, to extend the life of your coffee for one to two weeks.

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