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chicago_animal
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 7:41am
Subject: How long for 1 Pound?
 

Hi! I am new to this forum and coffee. A year ago I decided to give up my morning Dr Pepper and drink coffee instead to ditch those extra calories. I drink it black but am dissapointed by the weakness of the drip machine and flavors made in my house. I decided to order a french press to do my own thing for coffee. I got a Chambord 34oz French Press and a Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder on order.

I was checking out so coffee the other day and was looking at come mocha flavored drinks as well as a strong dark brew. I found 4 that I was looking at buying 1 lb of each. I am looking to find two I really like and to always have and then maybe 1 flavor to rotate. I like a little variety.

The question is how much will 1lb bag typically last? I know people will say it depends how much you use but I am wondering if I were to do the 2 tablespoons per 6-8 oz amount I have been reading about.

Also, I dont have any storage jars or anything yet. Would a zip lock freezer bag work for the meantime? Like everytime I open it I push  the air out of it to help it stay fresh?

Thanks and I hope to be around here more.
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 7:57am
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Welcome to CG!

Yeah, the freezer Ziplocs will work.  I know some people on here use them solely.  Some double bag, using the same method you describe for each bag.  some use then as you describe, then stick them in jars.  However, you want to split the batch up into several bags, maybe measure out a few days worth for each bag, so you don't have to expose the beans to air much.  You'll want to defrost them to room temp in the freezer bag before opening it, so that condensation doesn't collect on the beans. Personally, I use Ball mason jars mostly 8oz and 16oz, but I also have some 4oz jars that I use for my single serve press doses.  I get 2 doses from a 4oz jar for my press...you're dose:water ratio may vary from mine though, as I'm using about 20-22g per 300mL water in an Espro press.

I've seen different sized coffee measuring scoops, most either holding 7g or 14g...but neither of those is a tablespoon.  I think that the smaller one is actually bigger than a tablespoon, but I've never measured that.  Once you get your first pound, and split it up, you'll get a good idea how long it will typically last you.  Wish I could give you a better answer than that, but I don't make full sized FP often enough to remember/calculate.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 8:54am
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Really? They use just the bags? That would be great to just use them instead of buying jars as I dont have much room in my kitchen for 3 jars right now. There is so much kitchen related crap the way it is. With the bags it can lay down in a drawer and work perfectly.
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 9:25am
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well, I've read posts here from people who do it that way.  I don't think it's the most common method, and if it were me, I'd probably double bag, just in case there was a tiny leak...but I've devoted an entire drawer in my freezer to coffee beans and I can get almost 7 pounds of beans in there packed into mason jars.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 15, 2013, 1:54pm
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IMO 1L mason jars are great and for 1lb fills it completely with little to no room for air.  I have never once frozen my beans but I heard for roasted beans this works for long term (longer than 1 month).  As for French press 2 tbsp tastes great and offers a nice strong flavorful cup.  

2 heaping tablespoons is roughly 13-14gr of coffee I think so you’re looking at 1lb lasting a month if you’re drinking 1 cup per day.  
I pull 14oz doubles once a day and I roast 2 1/2 a month.
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Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013, 7:32am
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I freeze all the time, I buy 5 pound bags of roasted beans, break into about 12 oz lots or what fills a quart freezer zip top bag, remove as much air as possible then freeze in the coldest part of the freezer and thaw before opening the bag. I find that at the end of the month, the beans are still fresh and I would guess that the aging in the freezer is about a day and a half to two days of room temp storage to every week in the freezer so at the end of the month, beans that I froze at 4 days post roast act like about 10 day old beans stored at room temp. YMMV!

 
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Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013, 9:05am
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I break bags down into 6-8oz packets, vacuum bag them and store them in the freezer. Works great! I've heard of people using a straw to suck out all of the air out of a ziplock and it's supposed to work pretty well. Close the ziplock all the way to the edge, insert a straw, suck out all of the air, quickly remove the straw and zip the edge.

Vacuum baggers are great tools to have in the kitchen. Oxidation is the enemy of a lot of products and the units help keep things fresh, longer.
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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013, 1:31am
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for the size of your press use 50 grams per brew.
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