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Earlier we noted that on average, roasted coffees taste noticeably stale between 12-14 days after roasting. It’s even worse for grinding: 11 minutes! Grinding beans vastly increases the number of flavor-bearing surfaces -- and hence oxidation. This is why you should always grind your own beans, as close as possible to your brewing time. Even a blade grinder will produce a better taste than what was ground several days ago. Of course, if you can, buy yourself a good slow-rotating burr grinder. Are they more expensive? Yes. Are they worth it? Yes. Our favorites for home use: the Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder, the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, and the Cuisinart. Breville and Baratza also make higher-end home grinders.

We realize that not everyone has a grinder. If you would like HelioRoast to grind yours before shipping it, let us know on the Purchase page. And be sure to indicate how you're going to make it so that we know where to set the grind. (Do this in the Preferences box connected to each type of bean.)

If you read the "
chemistry" link on the "Why HelioRoast" page, you also know why coffee storage merits your attention. Once past the coasting time -- which should coincide with the day that your coffee is delivered to you -- it can last up to seven days before becoming noticeably stale. The best way to extend this freshness period is to store your coffee in airtight containers because they suppress oxidation. Our valved bags do a great job here. If you want to use a canister instead, we strongly recommend one with a de-gassing valve. Keep the bag or canister in a cool and dry place -- for instance, a below-the-counter cabinet or shelf. Do not use your refrigerator or freezer, because as soon as the beans are removed and begin to warm up to room temperature, they will dissipate flavor-producing chemicals and become stale.

HelioRoast labels will always tell you the latest date for optimal usage