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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 8:53am
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tinytot2 Said:

I used my Foodsaver to vacuum seal some bags of leftover beans.  I put a weeks worth in each package.  

Should I store them in the refrigerator, freezer, or just in a cabinet?  They will all be used within a months time.

Thanks!

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Carol, apologies for your pertinent question (thread) going a bit sideways!

As you no doubt have read by now, freezer storage (at least zero f) is the best way to preserve a FRESH roast.
Mason Jars are my preferred method. As my coffee is used copiously, deterioration post thaw and opening the jar is no problem. If you only grind maybe 1/2lb a week, then find smaller Mason jars. Normally they hold 12oz of beans.
When you thaw, just place them in your cupboard unopened, a couple hours later you're fine to open them.

 
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 8:59am
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IMAWriter Said:

Carol, apologies for your pertinent question (thread) going a bit sideways!

As you no doubt have read by now, freezer storage (at least zero f) is the best way to preserve a FRESH roast.
Mason Jars are my preferred method. As my coffee is used copiously, deterioration post thaw and opening the jar is no problem. If you only grind maybe 1/2lb a week, then find smaller Mason jars. Normally they hold 12oz of beans.
When you thaw, just place them in your cupboard unopened, a couple hours later you're fine to open them.

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Would jars be better than Foodsaver bags?  I wasn't sure if the vacuum pressure could partially crush the beans.
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 9:13am
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tinytot2 Said:

Would jars be better than Foodsaver bags?  I wasn't sure if the vacuum pressure could partially crush the beans.

Posted January 28, 2013 link

I've never used the bags, but I believe many here do.
I don't believe in vacuum storing FRESH beans at room temperature, as my experience has shown me that the beans actually age FASTER, as the oils come to the surface due to the reverse pressure, and my tastebuds made this out to be increased bitterness. YMMV

 
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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013, 6:46pm
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IMAWriter Said:

I'm leaving CLM's posting for now, if only for the humor quotient. :>D

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Thanks.  I thought it was hilarious.

 
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 4:41pm
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I had problems using the bags for storing roasted and greens.unless you get mylar bags it will still let minute ammounts of co2 and moisture thru, plastic is still permeable to some extent. There are some post on HB I read about this issue. glass makes a way better barrier to protect those precious beans.
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 7:22am
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Just in a cabinet. I saw that someone wrote that they should be stored in the fridge. Coffee beans hate odors and humidity so it's a huge mistake. Vacuum bag is a great idea, keep them in your cabinet and you will save the flavor for about two weeks.
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 8:02am
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Hmmmm . . . .

coffeestylish Said:

Just in a cabinet. I saw that someone wrote that they should be stored in the fridge. Coffee beans hate odors and humidity so it's a huge mistake. Vacuum bag is a great idea, keep them in your cabinet and you will save the flavor for about two weeks.

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a):  Babbie's Rule* of Fifteens:
-- Green (unroasted) coffee beans should be roasted within 15 months, or they go stale.
-- Roasted coffee beans should be ground within 15 days, or they go stale.
-- Ground coffee should be used within 15 minutes, or it goes stale.

(So you'll get two weeks doing pretty much nothing.)

b) See ANY of the following:
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* OK, so there are very few hard-and-fast "rules" -- more like "rules-of-thumb."

 
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 10:28pm
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Basically, yes, you cant simply toss coffee beans in the freezer or fridge and prolong their life.

two weeks from roasted is what you've got to work with.


Us Enthusiasts(not me)have found a way to make freezing work, but there is procedure that needs to be followed for it to properly work.  Read the links provided.




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