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    Coffee storage - what is the best way

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Along with my new grinder I will be receiving a kilo of coffee (roasted). I am probably going to get Costa Rica 3/4 Roast (so far - I may change my mind :) )

    The issue is storage of such a large amount of coffee. From reading the forums ,freezing is out, as is placing the beans in the fridge.

    Sooo, to prevent my lovely beans from going stale and yucky, what would be the best approach?

    I had a wee look on the coffeeparts website, and saw the vacuum containers and bags. Would this be a good alternative? I was thinking (a dangerous proposition) that I could get some of the vacuum bags and put 200g lots of beans in them, seal them and put the beans in a cool dark cupboard.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Coffee storage - what is the best way

    I dont like the vaccuum bag approach....

    Beans have some gas still trapped in them after the end of degassing and this gas, combined with the oils, water at 9 bars etc.... produce the crema.

    When you put them in a container or bag and suck the air out, this reduced the pressure..... increasing the difference between pressure of the gas in the beans and air pressure outside.... sucking out more of the gas from within the bean = less crema. Also coffee oils are volatile (i.e. evaporate) - giving that great coffee aroma.... reducing the pressure will also increase the evaporation rate causing the beans to taste flat.

    But having less air there is less chance of the volatile coffee oils going "off" and affecting the taste.

    You cant win either way!

    But I do what I was told at a professional coffee machine course - store them in bags with one way valves in the back of a cupboard. When you take some beans out of the bag, squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can and reseal it to prevent more air getting in.

    And try not to buy more beans than you will use in 3 weeks..... (roasted beans last 3 weeks....) but they could be a week old when you buy them!

    Even better - If you use say 300 grams per week.... buy 250gram lots as required..... With your 1 kg, break put them in smaller bags- only opening as required.

    There is NO substitute for really fresh beans. And NO way to keep them that way.


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    Re: Coffee storage - what is the best way

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1157335722

    Heres one thread to look at...

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    Re: Coffee storage - what is the best way

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1161840553

    And heres the other thread for you to look at.

    My suggestion would be to look a little further than page one of the forums, you never know what discussion you might find! ;)

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    Re: Coffee storage - what is the best way

    Thanks for that scoota gal, It looks like the valved bags are the best go if I cant find any other alternative.

    I was talking with OG last night and we were thinking that I may ask my coffee supplier if I can have a card (like a layby type thing) and just pick up 200g - 250g fresh beans everyweek until my 1 kg is used up. I was thinking it may be a bit cheeky, but it is an idea and the best alternative for fresh beans.

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    Re: Coffee storage - what is the best way

    Sounds like a good idea.
    Point out that maybe he should promote the idea with all his new customers.
    He can explain that their coffee will be fresher in the smaller batches and the benefit for him is he gets them back in the door on a regular bases.

    1. Shows he cares.
    2. More marketing opportunities for him.

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    Re: Coffee storage - what is the best way

    He already sells coffee in small amounts as it is which is fabulous and his coffee along with one other shop I go to seems to be the freshest that I have access to.

    I will have a chat with him next week when I go in to pay some money off my machine.



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