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    How do you store your coffee?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Anyone recommend a good vacuum seal container for my coffee & where to buy them?

    Preferably made out of steel to match my machine

    Thanks

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    Most of us store our whole beans in the re-sealable bags with one-way valves: http://beanbay.coffeesnobs.com.au/ViewProduct.aspx/218-500g-stand-up-valve-coffee-bag. There have been a few storage containers mentioned, but I believe they have all adversely affected freshness of the coffee... The bags are the way to go!

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B7E69767B271F0 link=1337727529/1#1 date=1337727824
    Most of us store our whole beans in the re-sealable bags with one-way valves:
    Yep, another happy user of Andys bags here - for my home roasts. Most decent roasted beans come in similar packaging now too I find. These bags allow much less air space than any hard container, and allow for fresh beans to de-gas. Should keep the bag in a cool dry place as much as possible - so probably not to close to a coffee machine Im guessing?

    ADD. Is the thinking that vacuum sealable containers, after being opened and re-vacuumed repeatedtly actually depletes the more delicate volatile flavors from the beans?

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    do the bags come in any other sizes? as I usually buy more than 500g at a time

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6346514E431F270 link=1337727529/1#1 date=1337727824
    Most of us store our whole beans in the re-sealable bags with one-way valves: http://beanbay.coffeesnobs.com.au/ViewProduct.aspx/218-500g-stand-up-valve-coffee-bag. There have been a few storage containers mentioned, but I believe they have all adversely affected freshness of the coffee... The bags are the way to go!
    Yeh, Ive used both the one-valve bags and the Friis coffee vault (with one-way valve). Favour the bags most times because I tend to roast smaller quantities than is required to fit the coffee vault. When I do have half a kg (which last only 5 days in my house), Ive used the vault to no noticeable difference in deterioration. The one plus side of the vault is that it shuts completely every time (I, or a poltergeist have occasionally not properly sealed the ziplock on the bags) . The downside is the amount of air allowed in when not full.

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    good to know, I just stumbled upon Friis in my searching.
    It quotes "Once sealed, the built-in freshness valve vents away CO2 gas" so it shouldnt matter if its not full?

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 777A75612F2F1B0 link=1337727529/3#3 date=1337732780
    do the bags come in any other sizes? as I usually buy more than 500g at a time
    Might last better if you break it down into smaller bags once you get your bean home - that way you are only periodically exposing one bag at a time to air. Be sure to not buy more coffee than you can use within a few weeks of the roasted on date.

    Quote Originally Posted by 777A75612F2F1B0 link=1337727529/5#5 date=1337735679
    I just stumbled upon Friis in my searching.
    It quotes "Once sealed, the built-in freshness valve vents away CO2 gas" so it shouldnt matter if its not full?
    The problem with the air space is that it becomes full of just that "air", which leads to oxidation. Not so much of a problem in the short time though it seems:

    Quote Originally Posted by 20263A24213E22234D0 link=1337727529/4#4 date=1337732850
    When I do have half a kg (which last only 5 days in my house), Ive used the vault to no noticeable difference in deterioration.

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    Another vote for the resealable bags although with the rider that the contents are kept cool and are all used within about 5weeks. I would never order big quantities as I would have to separate it into smaller quantities and then store it in the freezer which is not ideal. I store my re-sealable bag in the fridge (due to the Central Queensland heat) which works for me although some do not like this idea.

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    +1 for Andys bags.

    I store them in the cupboard under the sink (beside the cabinet Rocky and Silvia live on), I used to store potatos and onions in there but they had a tendency to start growing before I used them... No such problem with coffee beans :)

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    I put a bag clip ( the long plastic ones with teeth) on the bag the coffee came in, and put it in the pantry. Might be a silly question but, its not supposed to go in the fridge is it?

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    The advice seems to be no to the fridge on the grounds that most domestic ones arent humidity controlled..

    Ive been using the CS bags but I feel the flavor profile changed a lot over six months (not went flat, just changed), havent noticed this on he beans in zip locks but I havent had then as long. Too early to draw any conclusions from my experience so far..

    I was researching humidity controlled refridgeration products but I couldnt find anything in what I felt was a reasonable price bracket. In the end I just decided to not store more than 3 months of beans :-[

    interested in any suggestions :)

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    The fridge is a great place to keep fresh food fresh _ coffee is a dry food though- keep it away from light, air and moisture.

    You dont keep flour or cereal or nuts in the fridge do you? ;)

    roll the top of the bag down a couple of times, use your clip and keep it in the pantry cool!
    Use it up as quick as you can tho!

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 152F2B29281904233532460 link=1337727530/11#11 date=1339748098
    You dont keep flour or cereal or nuts in the fridge do you?
    It is recommended by growers that nuts such as pecans, are best kept in the fridge. I believe it prolongs their freshness.

    If the place where the beans are being kept is subject to high heat, then a fridge is ideal. Heat can cause deterioration. Also, there are numerous articles on people successfully storing roasted coffee beans in the freezer to prolong shelf life, or have a backup in case one runs out. As always opinions are varied on the success of this method of storage.

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 282F3A35385B0 link=1337727530/12#12 date=1339750689
    If the place where the beans are being kept is subject to high heat, then a fridge is ideal. Heat can cause deterioration. Also, there are numerous articles on people successfully storing roasted coffee beans in the freezer to prolong shelf life, or have a backup in case one runs out. As always opinions are varied on the success of this method of storage.
    It certainly is an ongoing question. I think individual circumstances should definitely be considered. Traditional advice is to not refrigerate eggs, but in most parts of Aust. you would be silly not to. It might be that in FNQ coffee is better off refrigerated in an airtight container, that left in a pantry which could be 30C...

    Seattle coffee gear have a vid up comparing freezer kept v non freezer kept bean. Its interesting but not exactly scientific.

    I guess it comes back to 1. Dont keep too many roasted beans on hand, 2. Let taste be your guide, and 3. Let taste be your guide (Not Mr Clooney).

    PS. In commercial kitchens I have often kept nuts in the freezer (in airtight cont.) to keep them from going rancid.

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    Re: How do you store your coffee?

    Pantry seems to be going well, so Ill stick to that. With the rate Im going through my beans, they dont get a chance to go bad anyway :)

    I get what caffiene4tassie was saying, but yeah, my Mum has a place in QLD and she even puts her flour in the fridge! Less humid in there than her pantry!



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