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For starters, do not do this. For how simple coffee seems on its surface, there are a lot of variables that go into making the perfect cup for your individual preferences, from brewing method to strength to temperature. One universal factor, however, is how you store your beans—if you’re not doing it correctly, you’re probably impacting how fresh and flavorful your brewed coffee tastes. And you deserve better. How to store whole coffee beans The ideal way to store whole coffee beans is in an opaque, airtight container, away from direct sun and any heat source. Coffee beans are sensitive to air, light, temperature, and moisture, so for best results, minimize exposure to all of these elements. Look for a dark, cool corner of your kitchen or a shelf in your cabinet or pantry. Do not leave a jar of beans next to your stove or on top of your toaster oven. Furthermore, while coffee will be just fine in a sealed bag on a shelf for a few weeks after roasting, it loses freshness as soon as it’s exposed to air. That’s why it’s also best to buy small quantities—no more than what you’ll drink in a week or two. Note that if they’re really fresh—sold within days of roasting—whole beans may continue to de-gas even after you’ve opened the bag and transferred them into another container. Roasters generally manage de-gassing and package beans with a one-way valve, so it’s very unlikely that the pressure would break glass, […]