Originally Posted by MrsLMB
My question is about storing coffee prior to use.
I purchase in bulk when it's on sale and freeze it in the original packaging.
I have been putting the - ground or bean depending on what I purchased - coffee into a plastic container and keeping it in the fridge for daily use.
Now I've been doing this for many many years with no problems whatsoever.
However .. I think I need to change that. For some reason over the last couple of months my coffee (same brand as always) has begun to smell just awful while brewing. Kind of smells like burning oil.
It's not the coffee maker - I went out and bought another thinking mine was giving up the ghost.
It's not the water - I've purchased bottled water and tried that.
So my question is simple ... and it's all about how you store your grounds/beans prior to use.
Do you use plastic, original packaging, pottery? I definitely detect difference in refrigerated vs room temp so have no interest in changing that.
The last time I posted this tip I got shouted down but I was given it years ago by a senior coffee blender who worked for a major independent ground coffee company in the north of England (you'll have heard of it if you know England and tea shops at all).
Ground coffee starts to go over as soon as the package is opened so keeping it next to the kettle or in a cupboard at room temperature will see it tasting vile in a matter of one or two days.
I keep my opened packs of ground coffee in an airtight container in the freezer and use it straight from the freezer. If you put it in the jug or maker before putting on the kettle the coffee will have defrosted by the time the water is at the right temperature to use. Incidentally, the same person told me that the water should be off the boil when pouring it onto the coffee because boiling water burns coffee (this apparently applies to instant coffee too but I don't drink instant so I've never noticed). The flavour of coffee beans also stays good longer if they are stored in the freezer.
Failing that, have you changed blends or makes? Or possibly the manufacturer of your favourite coffee has changed the composition of their blend. I'm sorry to say that I have not come across a fair trade ground coffee available in the UK that doesn't taste horrid and some supermarkets' own brand ground coffee is awful. However, chaq'un a son gout
Or have you changed your dish washing product? I couldn't work out why my tea was tasting horrible all of a sudden until I realised I had bought a new washing up liquid with "lemon" fragrance in it that was lurking on the clean and dry cups. - bleuch!!