We all love the stuff, but we can’t always be up to date with all there is to know about coffee. Here are two common misconceptions about coffee that may surprise you.
Storing coffee in the freezer. For infrequent coffee drinker bringing home a brand new bag of beans, it’s often tempting to think the best place to keep it would be in the freezer. The problem with keeping coffee beans in the freezer, however, is that it will create too much moisture in the bag, leading to beans that go bad quickly and end up with a dull taste. The best place to store beans is in the pantry or other cool, dry place, in an airtight container with a one way valve so that no air can get in but CO2 can get out.
Decaf coffee. For those who love the taste of coffee but can’t quite handle the caffeine, or those who’re already on their fourth cup and need to cut back ever so slightly, decaf may seem like a godsend. Here it is, the wonderful taste of coffee with absolutely none of the caffeine, right? Well, not quite. While most decaf coffees manage to be up to 97% caffeine free, they do still contain some caffeine, an average of 5mg per cup. This may not be enough to keep you up at night, but it’s worth noting that caffeine has a half life of six hours so it’s still not a great idea to have a cup of decaf before bed.
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