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valman13440
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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2009, 7:55pm
Subject: Coffee storage,counter or fridge?
 

After grinding my beans should i store my coffee in the refridgerator or on the counter to keep the coffee fresher?
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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2009, 8:33pm
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Since ground cofee goes stale in 15 minutes, I'd sugest USING your ground coffee and not storing it at all . . .

 
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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2009, 9:03pm
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Valman, as Jason says, grind, then brew/pull, etc.
In other words, grind as you go.

 
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Posted Sat Oct 17, 2009, 4:23am
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As those far more expert than I have stated, grinding your beans as you brew is the best. But it's not a perfect world, sometimes life just is too busy to do things the best way. I have had good luck with grinding beans and storing them in a sealed plastic container in the fridge. True-it is not as fresh as just ground but it is still far better than what comes out of a can. Has it started snowing in Rome yet?
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Posted Sat Oct 17, 2009, 12:20pm
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Babbie's Rule of Fifteens:*
Green beans should be used in fifteen months or you risk them going bad.
Roasted beans should be used in fifteen days or you risk them going bad.
Grround beans should be used in fifteen minutes or you risk them going bad.
Espresso extracted beans should be used in fifteen seconds or you risk them going bad.


Coffee is simply the combination of water and roasted beans.  You have to take care of the beans, or at least half of your ingredients are going to ruin the rest.  If you don't care that your beans are going to stale days before you use them, why do you care where they are when they go stale?  If you aren't going to grind them per use, it really doesn't matter where you store them.  Whichever is most convenient to you.  If you're going to grind per shot, keep them on the counter out of direct light, in an airtight container.  If you do keep beans in the freezer, they should have twenty-four hours to acclimatize before you grind them.

*Give or take, depending on the bean and the roast...

 
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Posted Sat Oct 17, 2009, 8:19pm
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Psyd Said:

If you do keep beans in the freezer, they should have twenty-four hours to acclimatize before you grind them.

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FWIW, I just take out another container before I go to bed at night.  By the morning, they're fine and completely acclimatized . . . .

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Posted Sat Oct 17, 2009, 8:29pm
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I don't know......if there isn't 30 extra seconds in the morning to grind the coffee maybe go ahead and lay out the sliced bread for the sandwich before going to bed.

 At least it would be level of staleness as the coffee.

 
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Posted Mon Oct 19, 2009, 3:52pm
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

FWIW, I just take out another container before I go to bed at night.  By the morning, they're fine and completely acclimatized . . . .

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In hindsight, I'd bet that that would be fine.

And I like the bread analogy.  I used to use the beer analogy.  Open 'em all at the store, and you don't need a bottle opener at home...

 
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Posted Tue Oct 20, 2009, 2:58pm
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I have always stored my beans in an airtight container in a cool dark place, like a kitchen cabinet well away from the stove.  I never open more beans than I can use within 5 days.
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Posted Tue Oct 20, 2009, 8:21pm
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I have tried various methods of preserving coffee.  Freezing can work fine but you have to have truly airtight jars and not refreeze if you want consistent good results.  I dabbled in freezing for a while but drink just a cup or so a day at home and could not find small enough airtight jars to make things really work for me.

Just for some context I am addicted to fresh artisan-roasted beans and find anything else just serves to make me wonder why I'm drinking it.

The one method that has worked for me consistently is the Vacu-Vin coffee storage unit.  Opened and resealed every day it has pretty much doubled the life of my beans (I can get nice flavor from 3 week old beans this way, whereas normally about 9 days after roast they'd be approaching undrinkable for me).  I think it might preserve coffee even longer the less often it is reopened.  

Be warned though, two smaller units made for nuts have not kept vacuum for me as consistently as the full sized coffee unit does.
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