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    Storing Ground Coffee

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    Fellow snobs...this posting will make you cringe on a couple of levels but please bear with me *:)

    My buddies at work are now won over on the idea of freshly roasted coffee as they have experienced coffee from my stash (thanks Beanbay) that I have roasted and then ground up on demand. *The problem is...my buddy has got a group interested in fresh coffee at work sourced from me but I dont want to grind on demand for them (as I only have a small Kyocera at work).

    So my question fellow snobbers - for storing ground coffee (eek!) for a day or so, what is the best way? *Bear in mind, my buddies arent snobs yet and they do like Hazelnut flavouring in their coffee. *Would you use a bag with a valve, bag no valve, airtight cannister?

    Any ideas appreciated...

    Cheers!

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    Re: Storing Ground Coffee

    get them to chip in and buy a grinder.....

    emo480 for work?

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    Re: Storing Ground Coffee

    Good idea Maheel, but unfortunately theyre not likely to buy a grinder...big office, lots of people...ownership issues etc....Thanks anyway ;)

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    Get that monkey off your back and put it back on theirs.

    Its not your problem!

    I used to leave my grinder on the bench at work for all to use until the day I found it had been used to re-grind some pre-ground. >:(

    I put up a note where the grinder used to sit, explaining what had happened and after that I took it too and from the kitchen when I needed to use it.

    I wasnt risking my grinder because of some either ignorant or disrespectful idiot.

    If they want better coffee it shouldnt all fall on you.
    They need some skin in the game too.

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    Im with Thundergod (and with a name like that, I think you should be too :P). Get them all to throw down some shekels, and buy a community grinder. Nothing says Ill look after it like a hole in their wallet where their $50 used to be.

    If this is no good, then I put my vote in for the 500g one way bag.

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    Re: Storing Ground Coffee

    Its very interesting topic, I am wonder to ask: how to store the ground coffee to stay a little bit longer?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7579707073737B777A777871160 link=1282015175/5#5 date=1282466926
    Its very interesting topic, I am wonder to ask: how to store the ground coffee to stay a little bit longer?

    Thanks
    You cant.

    If you can grind it fresh theres no need to try and store it, just grind as you need it.

    If you have to buy it already ground all you can do is squeeze all the air out of the bag and keep it in a cool dark cupboard.
    Also, save up money for a grinder.

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    Re: Storing Ground Coffee

    many thanks, maybe if i have more money i will buy a grinder and grind the beans by myself :-)

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    Re: Storing Ground Coffee

    This is where I store my ground coffee. *I find the shelf life is somewhere around 30sec ;D



    I wouldnt be too concerned about how to store it just to keep them happy. *They probably wont be able to tell the difference and if they can call that motivation to pull their own weight if they have that passion. *I think too many of us see it as a community service to supply the masses. *Ive gotten to the stage that I wont be grinding off coffee for people if I can help it. *I dont mind grinding large amounts for french press but espresso takes too long and the burrs get too hot.

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    Too funny Justin B. Your comments are spot on though. I grinded some for another one of my friends and he said later on after I gave it to him, that itd take him 3 weeks to get through it. I said, you shouldve told me as I wouldve ground you less as it wont taste that nice. He said, thats ok, i found coffee doesnt go stale for me! :-? ::) Cracked me up!

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    Re: Storing Ground Coffee

    ? Never mentioned but what process are you grinding for?

    If it is for Plunger or Pourover Drip brews then the preground will suffer less than for an espresso grind as it has a lot less surface area. Still far from ideal so having a whip around the office at $5 each and buy a secondhand 450 or 480 (just sold here for $50) would be better.

    If you need to go with preground I would go with a the smallest ziplock bags (no valves) you can and heat seal a no more than a couple of days supply in each. If you seal the standard bags and open carefully there is enough plastic above the zip for 3-4 uses. Storage in a cool dark cupboard only never fridge or standard freezer.

    And if it is all to hard to help the others then tough luck to them I reckon so long as you get good coffee is al that maters ;)

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    Re: Storing Ground Coffee

    Thanks beanflying for your tips. The coffee grind is for plunger. So far, they all seem pretty happy, even if the grinds are a couple of days old. I think its just the taste difference that has won them over - especially in comparison to what they used to buy at the various cafes downstairs...I must say, I was bought a coffee from downstairs and I couldnt drink it (something to do with Al Pacino?). I just made an Aeropress with the grinds that were left over from Friday (I was desperate) and even that tasted better than what was bought this morning. :o

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    Re: Storing Ground Coffee

    I suspect that there are three issues at work in ageing beans.

    Some of the chemical reactions started in roasting continue and this results in a maturing of the taste over a week or so.

    The volatile flavours evaporate and the coffee goes stale. This happens very quickly after grinding, and in about 3-4 weeks even in whole beans.

    The remaining oils in the beans go rancid. This happens much more slowly, and probably is slowed further by refrigeration.

    I know the beans supplied with the automatic machine at work not only smell much less when ground, but even the beans themselves smell "off" to me.

    Greg



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