I was hoping a coffee expert among you could lend some advice on storing coffee.
How long does a well sealed bag of whole bean coffee stay fresh, and what's the best way to store it?
Also, how long does freshly ground coffee stay fresh? And how long will it keep in the fridge (assuming that's the best place to keep it)?
As a gift, I recently purchased my girlfriend's father (a true coffee lover) coffee beans from some of the very best roasters and coffeehouses in town - Graffeo, Groundworks, Peets, and The Coffee Roaster, among others. I now feel it may have been a mistake, because the guy can't possibly drink that much coffee within a couple of weeks.. and I'm not so sure that beans will stay fresh for very long..
Thanks in advance for any and all help - much appreciated.