A Practical Guide to Bulk Coffee Storage
If you're a coffee lover who prefers to buy in bulk, you know the struggle of keeping those beans as fresh as the first sip. The National Coffee Association of U.S.A. is spot on – on their website they state: ‘’coffee's retail packaging is generally not ideal for long-term storage. If possible, invest in storage canisters with an airtight seal’’.
So, let's dive into the practical side of bulk coffee storage without any fluff.
The Bulk Coffee Storage Challenge
Coffee beans are a delicate bunch, and maintaining their freshness is a task. The packaging they come in might not cut it for the long haul. You need a solution to ensure those beans taste as good as they did when you first cracked open the bag.
Enter the Kilovac: Our Kilovac is a workhorse of a storage container, boasting a 2.5-pound dry goods capacity – about 40 ounces, 1000 grams, or 3.8 liters for the meticulous measurers.
Key Features of the Kilovac:
- Bulk-Friendly Size: The Kilovac can handle up to 2.2 pounds of coffee or up to 5 pounds of dry goods, making it a versatile storage solution for everything from coffee beans to pet food and snacks. Need to store up to 5 pounds of coffee? Our largest TV7 Container has you covered.
- Practical Wide Mouth: No spills or awkward pouring. The Kilovac's wide mouth design simplifies scooping, even when you're not fully awake.
- User-Friendly Seal: Tired of wrestling with lids? The Kilovac's easy push-button vacuum seal system keeps your goods dry and extends the lifespan of your beans.
- Safe and Durable: Crafted from food-grade, BPA-free plastic, the Kilovac is a safety net for your consumables. It's not just about storage; it's about keeping what you consume safe.
- Sustainable Storage: The Kilovac is more than a one-hit wonder. It's reusable, smell-proof, and built to withstand the test of time, ensuring your investment pays off in the long run.
Understanding the Basics of Bulk Coffee Storage
Now that you're familiar with the Kilovac, let's delve into the nuts and bolts of bulk coffee storage.
- Oxygen is the Enemy: Once coffee beans are exposed to air, oxidation begins. This process alters the flavor compounds in your coffee, leading to staleness. The Kilovac's vacuum-seal technology minimizes oxygen exposure, keeping your beans fresher for longer.
- Moisture is a Culprit: Moisture is another adversary of your coffee beans. It can lead to the growth of mold and compromise the quality of your brew. The Kilovac's airtight seal keeps moisture at bay, ensuring your beans stay dry and flavorful.
- Light Affects Freshness: Just like vampires, coffee beans don't love light. UV rays can break down the aromatic compounds in coffee, resulting in a flat and dull taste. The Kilovac's opaque design protects your beans from the harmful effects of light, maintaining their vibrant flavors.
- Temperature Matters: While the Kilovac doesn't control temperature, it's essential to store your coffee in a cool, dark place. Avoid placing it near appliances that generate heat, as excess warmth can expedite the degradation of flavors.
Practical Tips for Bulk Coffee Storage
- Divide and Conquer: If you buy in super bulk, consider dividing your coffee into smaller portions. This minimizes the frequency of opening the container, reducing the exposure to air.
- Use Quality Containers: Apart from the Kilovac, other airtight containers can also do the job. Look for options with a strong seal to keep oxygen and moisture at bay.
- Avoid the Freezer: Contrary to popular belief, the freezer isn't the coffee bean's best friend. Coffee is porous and can absorb surrounding odors. Instead, opt for a cool, dark pantry or cupboard for storage.
- Check the Roast Date: Buying in bulk is great, but be mindful of the roast date. Coffee is at its peak freshness within a few weeks of roasting, so plan your bulk purchases accordingly.
- Experiment with Storage Times: As a rule of thumb, try to consume your coffee within a month of opening the bag. However, don't hesitate to experiment with different storage times to find what works best for your taste buds.
Kilovac Availability and Customer Reviews
The Kilovac is available from Amazon - but also right here in our online store along with our range of smaller Coffeevacs.
While we are - not surprinsingly - big fans of our products, don’t just take our word for it! Below are some quotes from what real customers (you can find over 700 reviews on Amazon!) are saying about the Kilovac and how it's revolutionizing their bulk coffee storage.
"I am very pleased with the quality and performance (at least so far) of this product. This is so much easier to use and deal with compared to competing products. Highly recommended."
"As far as I can tell, it does the trick. It's not a perfect seal, but it keeps my product as fresh as can be. The useful life of the product has absolutely increased... Given the other competitors, I think I will be purchasing from this company again."
"I purchased this in August of 2014 and have been using nearly every day since it was received. This container holds a 3 lb bag of Costco Colombian coffee without a problem and keeps the beans fresh until I've used them all. Still opens/closes easily."
- Brie Allen