It never hurts to review the fundamentals when it comes to something as basic—and important—as coffee. We asked Ann-Marie Kurtz, manager of coffee education for Starbucks’ retail North America division, to share some tips on selecting, storing and serving to get the most bang from your beans.
RH: When buying beans what should an operator look for?Kurtz: We recommend looking for coffees and blends that are of the highest-quality, 100-percent Arabica beans, which complement a variety of foods. RH: How long can coffee be kept, and how should it be stored?Kurtz: Think of coffee as fresh produce. Its enemies are oxygen, light, heat and moisture. After a package is opened and exposed to air, it should be stored in an opaque, airtight container at room temperature and used within the ...
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