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    Ok, My coffee supplier for the coffee shop at my school reckons that you should keep coffee in the fridge because youll get a better cremé from the coffee. Scoot reckons different and i believe her. Any other reasons why NOT to put it in the fridge? Also what should i say to the supplier? ::)

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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    Here is a test. With your next delivery put 1 bag in the fridge. Taste it and compare it to another bag that was not in the fridge.

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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer Roaster link=1222742793/0#1 date=1222743404
    Here is a test. With your next delivery put 1 bag in the fridge. Taste it and compare it to another bag that was not in the fridge.
    I second that
    I generally conduct my own test/s when there are differing opinions
    More to get the right answer and a little curiosity

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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    KK, the best piece of coffee advise I was ever given was in my first week in the job as a roaster......"try it". Ive stuck to that for the last 8 years as a roaster and barista.

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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    I have heard a number of times from different people that beans kept in the fridge will soon cause issues with your grinder. This has been more prevalent from owners of semi auto machines that i know and also the supplier of our auto machine at work.

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    The problem with storing coffee in the fridge I msot often hear is one of condensation. When removed from the fridge condensation forms on the beans. This would explain the issue of clogging grinders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCK link=1222742793/0#0 date=1222742793
    Ok, My coffee supplier for the coffee shop at my school reckons that you should keep coffee in the fridge because youll get a better cremé from the coffee. Scoot reckons different and i believe her. Any other reasons why NOT to put it in the fridge? Also what should i say to the supplier? *::)

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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    Isnt one reason enough?

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    I found it interesting to note yesterday that the coffee beans we use in the office here (lavazza) actually say on the side of the bag to store them in the fridge. Its kind of scary to think that a well respected brand (ok, maybe not in here) would give out such misinformation.

    And btw, yes, our grinder has been jamming a little bit recently.

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    I would not jump to conclusions here. If you put beans in the fridge in an airtight container, and allow them to come to room temp before using them then you may be surprised at the results.

    Okay, so I do not put my beans in the fridge, I never have to worry about fresh coffee. But if you are not a large coffee drinker and you want your beans to last more than 3 weeks it is not a bad option. Of course, the best option is to buy/roast just enough for a week at a time and not worry about it.

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    I guess its just something you need to be aware of.

    Another possible reason for not putting them in the fridge is I have seen some oils conjeal and separate when refridgerated. Obviously fresh beans have oils in them that might be damaged from the cold temperature/condensation on the beans.

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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    Ive only notice a dumbing of flavour through fridging beans, but then Ive never tried it with pre-staled packet beans either!
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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    I added a poll.
    A bit late but will help me decide although Im already putting it on the bench.

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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    Dark cool pantry or cupboard for storage (TICK)

    Kitchen bench or grinder 1-2 days max.

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    Re: Coffee In The Fridge (Revised And Revisted)

    Yep, if it was me in your position, Id be storing all beans not intended for immediate consumption in a dark, cool, dry and well ventilated cupboard (no strange odours or dampness) thats close to hand. I ran some experiments a while back, just to see how long roast batches would last when properly stored.

    The upshot was, roast batches can be stored for up to a month (sealed) and once opened, are capable of providing excellent brews for up to a further 5-7 days but after a week or so, you can definitely taste a rapid falling off in quality until by about 10 days after opening, the beans are definitely stale and unpalatable (well, for the average coffee snob anyway).

    Storing beans in the fridge seems to cause an accelerated aging of the beans after youve opened the pack, and this is even after allowing them to warm slowly enough so as to avoid condensation forming on the beans. I dont know why this is but it is quite noticeable. I guess what it all comes down to, is managing your bean inventory such that you are always using beans that are still within their optimum range of freshness and not sitting around aging excessively before opening the pack. Once the pack is opened though, you want to be able to work your way through the pack within a day or two and this will determine the size of pack you need to store the beans in.

    Hope some of this helps mate... :)

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