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    Bean Storage

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi,

    I recently did a short introductory Barista coarse run by a well known coffee supplier. During the coarse it was recommended to store roasted beans in an air tight container in the fridge as this would keep them at a constant temperature. Before this I always kept them in a sealed container in the cupboard. How do other people store their beans? And does it really matter if you use them within a week or two?

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Hi and welcome, USE THE SEARCH FEATURE on the site ;) it has been discussed adnauseum in many many threads.

    And BTW the Fridge is WRONG WRONG WRONG it is a moist environment. Cool dark cupboard and sealed is best.

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Thanks, I will.

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    Re: Bean Storage

    For a start go here and have a read too *:) http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1234837789

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    What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

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    Hi Teamsters
    Could you help a newbee in what you snobs use to keep your newly bought beans? I heard that their is a air tight unit which you can get but Im not sure who sells it and what it is called?

    Can you professional snobs help

    Nette j

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    Re: What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

    Hey Nette J,
    Green or brown, if brown, zip lock bags with one way valves, green, in heshian or calico bags, do a search, its been talked about lots, coffee parts has them all and lightening fast delivery!, <===== Over there in the sponsor section ;)
    cheers
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    Re: What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

    Thanks Warren
    I am going in to do my search now.

    Cheers
    Nette j

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    Re: What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

    Warren

    I was too quick *here is your thankyou smile :-*

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    Re: What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

    No probs mate, careful! Its like YouTube, once ya start searching, youll head off on a tangent reading random posts about just about anything coffee until your pointer finger is the last muscle responding to you brain commands…...then you realize youve been in front of your computer for 10 hours, youve spent thousands of dollars and your hunting through kitchenware stores online for components for a roaster!.......ok maybe thats my story.......I had a laugh

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    Storing coffee beans

    First of all this is my first post on this interesting forum, I will take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year.

    I treated myself to a new Breville 860 easy to use and the coffee is great! so much better than most I have been served up in Coffee Shops???.
    My Son seems to have taken over ownership though :-?!

    Now for the question:
    I read on some packaging to store in refrigerator, some say not.
    Can anyone explain this please! as it will help stop the bickering thats happening at the moment.

    Burnie

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Hi Burnie and welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    If you use the search function (make sure you change the default to more than 1 week) youll find this has been bickered over many times here already.

    In my opinion, if you arent living in Far North Qld then dont keep your beans in the fridge.

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by 6D484F497865525549544E4342270 link=1245115815/4#4 date=1262326326
    First of all this is my first post on this interesting forum, I will take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year.

    I treated myself to a new Breville 860 easy to use and the coffee is great! so much better than most I have been served up in Coffee Shops???.
    My Son seems to have taken over ownership though :-?!

    Now for the question:
    I read on some packaging to store in refrigerator, some say not.
    Can anyone explain this please! as it will help stop the bickering thats happening at the moment.

    Burnie
    Hi Burnie and welcome.

    This topic has been done 100 times here! Try the search button ^^^^^ on the phrase coffee storage or coffee bean storage over the last year and you will find plenty to read.

    General consensus is an airtight container or the sealed one way valve bag it came in and then to find a cool dark place. Some great cafes (Maling Room for example) use wine fridges. Most say not the refrigerator nor the freezer nor vacuum pumps.

    Happy browsing ;)

    2mcm

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Thanks guys, sorry for not searching :-[
    I guess from the replies though the subject seems to just be preference or is there anything that has proof that one is better than other?
    Still confused! ::)

    burnie

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by 7154535564794E495548525F5E3B0 link=1245115815/7#7 date=1262329686
    Thanks guys, sorry for not searching :-[
    I guess from the replies though the subject seems to just be preference or is there anything that has proof that one is better than other?
    Still confused! ::)

    burnie
    Yep ... Whats in ya Cup...

    What is great to me may be off to you... I never store in teh fridge..

    Roast / store in a valved bag out of direct sunlight and to keep at a respectable room temp and then drink... Do it ever get old... NO, usually I finish before it get to maturity..

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by 72575056677A4D4A564B515C5D380 link=1245115815/7#7 date=1262329686
    Thanks guys, sorry for not searching :-[
    I guess from the replies though the subject seems to just be preference or is there anything that has proof that one is better than other?
    Still confused! ::)

    burnie
    There is a lot of stuff around espousing proof for all sides of the argument.
    I personally do not refridgerate or freeze any coffee, but know of people who do and also know of some people who swear it is the right thing to do.. because a sales person told them to 5 years ago.

    As with most things relating to taste, I think the best advice is to try the different methods yourself and make up your own mind. *

    On this particular topic, you are unlikely to see a consensus (although you might find one within the CS community).

    Brett.

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by 7B5E595F6E7344435F42585554310 link=1245115815/7#7 date=1262329686
    I guess from the replies though the subject seems to just be preference or is there anything that has proof that one is better than other?
    Storing your beans in the fridge or freezer for me is only exceptable if your going on holidays or the like. Removal of chilled or frozen beans from there cold environment causes condensation to form and therefor soak into the beans causing them to stale VERY quickly.

    For me its never a problem as i home roast and rarely let my stocks get over 2 weeks of roast dates.
    At work with aprox 40 kgs a week, we put it on the bottom shelf of the wine shelf (not chilled) in an attempt to keep them from heat of any sort. But again...we rarely have any of it for longer than a week.

    As long as it is sealed air tight with no direct sunlight or heat varience (either up or down) they will live the first 2 weeks of there life happily. After that most beans will be on the decline in flavour and aroma.

    If your buying your beans from the supermarket then nothing is going to help them *:(



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    Welcome Burnie !

    IMO keep them out of the fridge and freezer ;)

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    Re: Bean Storage

    Thanks for the replies and advice Guys.
    Will be kept out of fridg!
    burnie

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    Most of us here agree with "airtight, cool, dark, dry"... something like your pantry is often perfect.

    ...and as mentioned above, skip the supermarket and grab some fresh beans to see a huge difference in your coffee.

    Have fun with your new toy


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    Re: Bean Storage

    Thanks Andy, have a sample pack on order look forward to getting top taste.

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    Re: What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

    Yes mine to maybe not spending the thousads of dollars but the hours,once you start a search for something it never seems to stop Beebee

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    Re: What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

    A question? is storing whole roasted beans in the freezer a complete no no ? Beebee

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    Hi Beebee,

    From what i have heard storage in freezer is NOT recommended. It freezes the beans and when you come to use them they will be layered or drenched with water which is not ideal for making great espresso. :P

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    Re: What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by 694C5B444972614C4E48542D0 link=1257400866/6#6 date=1263804848
    is storing whole roasted beans in the freezer a complete no no ?
    No, no. It is not a no-no and no, they dont get drenched with water if you store them properly.

    I have done it on several occasions and on nearly every occasion the beans, after thawing, were as good, or almost as good, as they were before freezing.

    But dont freeze them for more than a month or so, and store and thaw them carefully. It has been discussed many times on CS so do a search on it.

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    Re: What do you recommend to use as storage vessel for my best beans bought from snobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by 252A313D25202532440 link=1257400866/7#7 date=1263805788
    ...they will be layered or drenched with water...
    This happens when condensation forms on the cold beans and isnt good agreed.

    However, if you are careful freezing them (air tight bags with as little air as possible and coldest part of the freezer) and let them return to room temperature before unsealing the bag, then freezing is the only (?) way of reasonably extending their life (well, the experts are still arguing about it at least)



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