What is the difference between traditional and vacuum seal coffee?

In this text, we will answer the question “What is the difference between traditional and vacuum seal coffee?”. In addition, we will discuss the reasons for choosing coffee with a sealed package and how this coffee is packaged in this way.

What is the difference between traditional and vacuum seal coffee?

The only difference between vacuum and traditional coffee is the way they are packaged. While the traditional air remains inside the package, in vacuum packages all oxygen is removed.

The main reason for doing this is to avoid the decomposition of the coffee elements. Thus, as soon as the coffee is placed in the package, it is vacuumed. This removes all free space from the container and prevents the exchange of gas with the medium.

Furthermore, the packaging itself also makes all the difference. It needs to be hermetic, that is, completely sealed to prevent the entry and exit of air. That’s why vacuum coffee has that rigid shape, like a block.

But, after all, how does this affect the final product that reaches your cup?

Why vacuum packaging coffee?

The absence of air in packaging is a resource used in several areas of food to preserve food. The removal of air/oxygen from the packaging has gained many followers for several reasons: if there is no oxygen, the deterioration of the organic elements does not happen. 

All this is in line with the hermetic packaging, avoiding contamination with the outside and the durability of the products. For coffee, which is super sensitive to oxygen and oxidizes quickly, vacuum packaging is also recommended.

The process assumes that oxygen from coffee packets is removed through suction and vacuum formation. This decreases the volume of free space air and, consequently, less oxygen is available in the package. 

The hermetic closure prevents the exchange of gas and/or water vapors from taking place. As a general rule, remember that packages must be kept in their own packaging inside an airtight pot in the refrigerator after opening. Your consumption should be fast too!

The packaging is presented to the consumer in a rigid “brick” block format and is composed of several layers: PET (Polyester), AL (Aluminum), PE (Polyethylene) and sometimes PA (Nylon) to increase the rigidity of “brick” and have more mechanical strength when oxygen suction is applied. As it happens? When the package is being formed, the coffee is deposited in the package and then vacuumed. 

This is to delay the coffee’s natural oxidation and maintain the beverage’s desirable aroma and flavor for a longer period (around 12 to 18 months, when closed).

How is vacuum coffee made?

The vacuum coffee production process is exactly the same as for traditional coffee – or cushion. Both go through the same stages, from planting to milling. Thus, in both cases, the grains are cultivated in nurseries and, after being harvested, they begin to be treated.

Whether for vacuum or cushion coffee, the beans go through the fermentation, drying, and then the tasting step. It is at this stage that the quality of the beans will be measured. Finally, the good ones will be roasted and ground. This final step is necessary to get them ready for consumption as a beverage.

How to choose between vacuum and pillow coffee?

Since it has no contact with oxygen, in vacuum packaging, the coffee retains its flavor and aroma for longer. Therefore, vacuum coffee is recommended for those who let the package last a long time at home. When closed, the vacuum coffee lasts from 12 to 16 months.

However, after opening the package, when the powder comes into contact with oxygen, it is necessary to take some precautions. 

To preserve the properties of your coffee, there are some tips on how to store the coffee powder. A good practice is not to take it out of the packaging, place it inside an airtight pot and inside the refrigerator.

When purchasing, observe the expiration date and then check if the packaging is perfect. As well as the pillow, they can be a little puffed up, but if there are no cracks or holes, no problem, it’s just a sign that the food has been packed after having been resting for a short time.

Conclusion

In this text, we answered the question “What is the difference between traditional and vacuum seal coffee?”. In addition, we discussed the reasons for choosing coffee with a sealed package and how this coffee is packaged in this way.

Citations

https://foodvacbags.com/blogs/foodsaverblogs/coffee-storage-storing-fresh-coffee-beans
https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/forget-the-freezer-this-is-how-you-should-be-storing-your-coffee/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.