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    Keeping Retail Beans Fresh

    We will be opening a coffee bar within the next month or so and a dilemma I have is how to keep beans fresh for retail sale. I go to places all the time that have their beans stored in acrylic or glass containers, which from my estimation cannot be the best way. I realize that most of the retail coffee purchased out there is stale and I do not want to contribute to this practice with my customers. Is there an inexpensive vacuum sealer that will do the trick? Any other suggestions that anyone may have out there would be greatly appreciated!!![/b]
    "May your cup runneth over"

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    Are you roasting your own beans?

    If you would bag the beans in a coffee bag designed to keep beans fresh would be the best way. A one way gas valve is needed to allow the gas the fresh roasted beans give off to escape, while not allowing any air back in. To know if the beans are fresh roasted the bag should be kind of puffy like a pillow for about 2-3 weeks after a month or more the bag will look vacuum sealed because the beans are no longer giving off any gases, and the people trying to smell the coffee while squeezing the bag force all the gas out.

    Most wholesale coffee roasters will have these bags available, I know that I do.
    Enjoy Your Coffee!
    Pete

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    Ourcoffeebarn,
    Thanks for replying! We will not be roasting but will be receiving the beans freshly roasted. We want to packed some for retail by the lb. As far as the valved bags are concerned, how do we seal these bags. Is there a machine that is required to do this?
    "May your cup runneth over"

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    You'll need a heat seal machine - they're available from most packaging or bag suppliers and are relatively inexpensive. If you'll be doing a limited volume of 1 lb bags just get a little hand held unit like we use. For five pound bags and larger volume it's easier to get the one with a wider sealing bar that is activated by a foot pedal.
    Owen O'Neill
    Syracuse NY

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    Thank you very much for the information, greatly appreciated!!!
    "May your cup runneth over"

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    Air is going to be the beans worst enemy and let them get stale, so say no to big bins! Go for a 12-16 oz. bag unless you have requests from a customer for a 5 lb. version.
    Jason Neumann
    Up North Coffee: retail & wholesale supply

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    My thinking exactly, thanks for the advice!!!
    "May your cup runneth over"

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    Do they make 2 lb. heat sealed bags that you mentioned earlier? I haven't been able to find them, and 1 lb. of coffee just isn't enough most of the time

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    I hate to sound old fashioned but I think you're missing the point. If you're not going to roast your own coffee, you need to find a good, small coffee roaster who is very close to you and will sell in any amount you order re: if you need 3 pounds, they'll sell you three pounds. Make the extra effort to keep on top of your ordering and don't be afraid to tell your customers you are "temporarily out....why don't you try this!" If you manage your inventory well, you will have no problem keeping your beans fresh in a 12 x 18 inch plastic bag ($0.03) with a twist tie. You will have enough to keep you busy with out heat sealing all your bags everytime you sell coffee. My experience has shown that somewhere between 99 and 100% of the valve bags leak anyway and are very expensive. Also, limit your selection and steer your customers to the beans you need to move (assuming they are all good). I personally like the false front on the counter that shows different beans but is not used for dispensing.

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    you can buy the standup zipper pouch from me?

    standup zip pouch:

    zip canbe re-open-close,also have a valve in the middle of the bags.
    MOQ:30,000pcs

    Victor

 

 
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