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Thread: For short time storage (up to two weeks) - Vacuum or special canister?

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    For short time storage (up to two weeks) - Vacuum or special canister?

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    Hi,

    I currenlty buy freshly roasted beans (up to 4 days after roasting) and use them on a daily basis. I usually buy 250g or 500g, depends.

    I have vacuum canisters which I use to store the beans and then place in fridge. I reseal after each use.
    Then there's this option of a special canister with a valve: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E1KFGZS...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    For this duration of storage and bean use, should I continue with the vacuum canister or better to use the one with the valve?

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    Welcome Gil80. For 2 weeks something dry and air tight should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan77 View Post
    Welcome Gil80. For 2 weeks something dry and air tight should be fine.
    As in vacuum or the canister with the valve?

    Let's say I use a cabinet for storage and I use the beans on a daily basis, what then? Vacuum or that canister with the valve?
    If I use the beans only during weekends, what then?
    The reason I'm asking is that I read about the beans releasing CO2 and that the valve thing comes in handy, but a vacuum container doesn't allow for the CO2 to be released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil80 View Post
    As in vacuum or the canister with the valve?

    Let's say I use a cabinet for storage and I use the beans on a daily basis, what then? Vacuum or that canister with the valve?
    If I use the beans only during weekends, what then?
    The reason I'm asking is that I read about the beans releasing CO2 and that the valve thing comes in handy, but a vacuum container doesn't allow for the CO2 to be released.
    I use bags from Beanbay with one way valves. They do the job for me. I guess the reason for my vague answer is that everyone does things differently. Would a canister with a one way valve be better, probably but would it make a dramatic difference over 2 weeks? I doubt it. Are you happy with how your coffee tastes? If so enjoy it.

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    I don't know if my coffee tastes better.
    I love coffee, but I have no benchmark to compare to. I wish some expert could come to my place and tell me.
    So, I don't know if I can do things differently that would yield better results since I don't know what better means.
    I'm totally dumb and newbie to this home brewing
    Quote Originally Posted by dan77 View Post
    I use bags from Beanbay with one way valves. They do the job for me. I guess the reason for my vague answer is that everyone does things differently. Would a canister with a one way valve be better, probably but would it make a dramatic difference over 2 weeks? I doubt it. Are you happy with how your coffee tastes? If so enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil80 View Post
    Hi,

    I currenlty buy freshly roasted beans (up to 4 days after roasting) and use them on a daily basis. I usually buy 250g or 500g, depends.

    I have vacuum canisters which I use to store the beans and then place in fridge. I reseal after each use.
    Then there's this option of a special canister with a valve: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E1KFGZS...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    For this duration of storage and bean use, should I continue with the vacuum canister or better to use the one with the valve?
    Didn't you start an almost identical thread just before this one? And were pointed to the 'intro to storing beans' sticky? That page seems to give you as much of a balanced review of the options as you are going to get. Generally, most people here (me included) would advise using ziplock bags with one-way valves, as these allow you to expel most of the air from the bag when re-sealing, and allow for de-gassing of fresh beans. I've got a few coffee canisters, but don't use them any more.

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    It’s very simple. Vacuum containers generally aren’t recommended for this type of storage. The best option is a good quality zip lock bag, not a clear plastic ‘Glad’ bag. A one way valve is useful as you can dispel most of the air from inside the bag after sealing it via the one way valve. They’re not absolutely necessary though and they won’t let CO2 escape while stored as the valve is pressure activated. Coffee rarely lets off enough CO2 in storage for that to occur. The one way valves are more for air freight and also preground coffee which will give off a huge amount of CO2 straight after being ground.
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    As per Leroy. Simple zip bag with one way valve. Just squeeze excess air out. Personally I prefer dry and dark storage at room temperature ie cupboard as opposed to fridge. I find Coffee sensitive to moisture content and drastic temp changes ie putting hot coffee in a cold cup seems to change the flavour for me. But at the end of the day, whatever tastes best for you is best.

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    Thank you, everyone. Is a simple zip bag with a one-way valve is the same thing that customers get when they buy beans from the local roaster/coffee shop?
    When I buy beans, I get a paper bag with this plastic thing from the inside and a few holes on the outside and the zip lock at the top, that is as good as the one that some of you buy from BeanBay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil80 View Post
    Thank you, everyone. Is a simple zip bag with a one-way valve is the same thing that customers get when they buy beans from the local roaster/coffee shop?
    When I buy beans, I get a paper bag with this plastic thing from the inside and a few holes on the outside and the zip lock at the top, that is as good as the one that some of you buy from BeanBay?
    The ‘plastic thing’ you refer to is the one way valve. I would imagine the bag is lined so it’s absolutely fine and those type of bags are quite common. When you do up the zip lock after using it you should be able to squeeze any excess air out the one way valve. Once you’ve done that just store it in a cool, dark place, preferably not a refrigerator unless you live in the tropics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    The ‘plastic thing’ you refer to is the one way valve.
    AKA the sniffy valve as I’ve heard some people call it.
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