Posted Sat Oct 17, 2009, 3:23am Subject: Re: Coffee storage,counter or fridge?
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? Larry
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Posted Sat Oct 17, 2009, 11:20am Subject: Re: Coffee storage,counter or fridge?
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...
Posted Tue Oct 20, 2009, 7:21pm Subject: Re: Coffee storage,counter or fridge?
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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