|Community Coffee's Medium Roast|
What the Community Coffee website has to say: This extraordinarily aromatic and light-roasted coffee blend produces a fragrant, sweet, and mellow cup of coffee.
|Curtis D500/D60gt Coffeemaker|
Speaking of packaging and storing coffee, vacuum sealed, opaque containers are undoubtedly the best way. Coffee exposed to air for too long a period will go stale, and the oils that the bean secretes during the roasting process will eventually go rancid. Ground beans are the most susceptible to this, while "green", unroasted beans store quite readily.
Preferably ground coffee should be purchased in quantities that can be killed off within a week of opening the original packaging. Storing ground coffee in the fridge is is a futile attempt at prolonging freshness, as it's just not cold enough to keep your coffee from going stale. Trying to freeze ground coffee in a conventional freezer, also, doesn't work. When ground, the coffee just has too much surface area to freeze correctly.
Whole roasted coffee beans can store nicely for up to two weeks on the shelf, and for around 2 months in the freezer. Green, unroasted coffee beans on the other hand, can last up to a year on the shelf if stored in a vacuum sealed, opaque container.
Note that these time frames are guidelines to keeping coffee at peak freshness, and that factors such as humidity, and altitude can be a major factor. In general, keeping your coffee away from natural sunlight, air, and moisture will keep it tasting better longer.