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Your best bet is to buy only as much coffee as you're going to drink in a given week or two. Coffee is like bread, the fresher it is, the better. Air is coffee's enemy and lessening the coffee's exposure to air is of paramount importance.

You should store your coffee in a light-proof, airtight container in a cool, dark place like a kitchen cabinet.

There are two schools of thought regarding keeping your coffee in the freezer. One says that coffee contains volatile oils that will evaporate in dry air, and there is no drier air in your house than in your freezer, and that will affect the coffee's taste. School One says that you shouldn't put excess coffee in your freezer.

The other school of thought says, what the hell? You're no connoisseur and it's better than having the coffee go stale. However, your time is limited and eventually you will notice a difference in the coffee's taste.

Under no circumstances should you EVER store your coffee in the refrigerator! Your fridge is full of moist, smelly air that will permeate your coffee beans and make them taste bad, bad, bad!

Always buy whole bean coffee, never buy ground! Whole bean coffee, if stored properly, will retain it's freshness for around a month, ground coffee starts to go stale in a matter of hours.

You shouldn't pre-grind your coffee, not if you want to retain freshness. Air is coffee's enemy (there, I've said it twice!) and when you grind it you are exposing much more of the bean's surface area to it.

For the best coffee, grind right before you brew.

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