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ilCapitano79
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Posted Tue Sep 11, 2012, 1:03am
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Hi guys I need a help with how to keep my coffee beans. I live in Thailand and the air is very humid and it's very hot during the days. I buy my coffee in 250g or 500g packages depending where I buy it from. I keep them in jars but should I keep them in the fridge? What should I do to keep the as fresh as possible?

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Posted Tue Sep 11, 2012, 2:42am
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The air inside a refridgerator is rather humid, too. If you want to store coffee beans over a longer period, you'd better keep them in a deep freezer, where they remain fresh. You could actually use a jar for that purpose. More information on the subject can be found on Home-Barista.com, for example: Coffee: To Freeze or Not to Freeze.

 
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Posted Tue Sep 11, 2012, 3:30am
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NobbyR Said:

The air inside a refridgerator is rather humid, too. If you want to store coffee beans over a longer period, you'd better keep them in a deep freezer, where they remain fresh. You could actually use a jar for that purpose. More information on the subject can be found on Home-Barista.com, for example: Coffee: To Freeze or Not to Freeze.

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Thanks you for your reply.

Yeah I understood that beans should be in freezer if I was to store them for longer periods of time but since I buy beans in 250g or 500g batches (around half a pound up to 1.2 pounds) theres no need to store them in the freezer I think. Usually I drink one or two espressos a day so bigger bag is done arround 20 days.

Are beans just fine in a jar for such small period of time?
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Posted Tue Sep 11, 2012, 3:48am
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ilCapitano79 Said:

Are beans just fine in a jar for such small period of time?

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Most people on here would consider 20 days a very long time to keep beans in any climate.

Nobby's reply is right I think.  Freeze them, but in small batches of the amount you need to use in no more than 3-4 days.  When you take them out of the freezer, pour them directly into a container that's fairly airtight, and not much bigger than the amount of beans.  I would use stainless steel in preference to glass, but that's just a personal choice.

Condensation will form, but on the outside of the container rather than on the beans themselves.
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Posted Tue Sep 11, 2012, 4:30am
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__________ Said:

Most people on here would consider 20 days a very long time to keep beans in any climate ...

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See Babbie's Rule of Fifteens.

 
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Posted Tue Sep 11, 2012, 6:14am
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NobbyR Said:

See Babbie's Rule of Fifteens.

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Well known to me and constantly re-quoted on here, but It's too neat a set of numbers to be anything more than an easily memorised guideline rather than a rule. In particular, 15 months for green beans is moot, and depending on the coffee and the roast, 15 days is probably too long for some....but I aint gonna get into an argument about it.

IIRC, Chris put it together to discourage his coffee-uninitiated friends from buying him coffee which wasn't usable.

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Posted Tue Sep 11, 2012, 7:10am
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Thanks for the answers guys, youre awsome. I think after youre responses I'll package and store beans in my freezer with 5 days worth of beans in every package. Thanks guys for your help!
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