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    Keeping beans fresh

    What's the best way to keep beans fresh? I just started grinding and am curious if keeping the beans in the bag they came in is ok? I don't buy a lot at a time.

    I heard an air tight container is good! Does it make a real difference?

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    Keeping beans in bags is just fine but remember to keep air out of the bag and store it away from fridge or owen. Dark cabinet would be the best idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maskedburito View Post
    What's the best way to keep beans fresh? I just started grinding and am curious if keeping the beans in the bag they came in is ok? I don't buy a lot at a time.

    I heard an air tight container is good! Does it make a real difference?
    Does the bag that the roasted beans came in have a zip lock top, or did you have to cut the bag to open it?

    It's not a good idea to just roll down the top of the bag and put a clip on it, like you would do with an opened bag of potato chips.

    At the very least, put it into a zip lock freezer bag and "burp" the air out of it.

    However, storing your coffee beans in an air tight container would be the best option. Be sure to store it away from heat, moisture, and light.

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    And the $64,000 question is... do you know for a fact that your beans were fresh when you bought them? If not, then your question is 'how can I keep my stale beans from getting even more stale?'

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    Haha very true! But if I have stale beans I rather them not get staler.... I found some nice air tight containers on sale today I'm going to use! They are see thru so will keep them in the cupboard away from light. If I buy commercially packed beans in a grocery store, I keep them in the sort of vacuum sealed pack they came in. But once opened for the first time they go in the container. But I try and avoid grocery store coffee...

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    There are one small type of sealing machine in the market, which can do Nitrogen filling

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlecupcoffee View Post
    There are one small type of sealing machine in the market, which can do Nitrogen filling
    That may be a bit much . . . . The original question was about storing the coffee for home use.

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    I got some cheap airtight containers. Look nice and do the job! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maskedburito View Post
    I got some cheap airtight containers. Look nice and do the job! Thanks!
    How do you know they're doing the job? Half kidding, half serious.

    Even though they're airtight, every time you open them to take coffee out, you're letting in a new batch of air. That's my main gripe with canisters - when they're a quarter full of coffee, the other three quarters is full of air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterjschmidt View Post
    How do you know they're doing the job? Half kidding, half serious.

    Even though they're airtight, every time you open them to take coffee out, you're letting in a new batch of air. That's my main gripe with canisters - when they're a quarter full of coffee, the other three quarters is full of air.
    Haha very good point I didn't think of! But there's only so much I'm going to do without majorly inconveniencing my daily routine. I'm sure it does something! I guess you can get around by using several smaller canisters so you aren't opening it as often exposing all the beans.

 

 
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