will this jamaica blue mountain last until christmas??

c fudge

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I'm a coffee noob, but here I go. My mom loves Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, so I decided to get her a pound at a posh coffee shop. It came to $38 and I was all happy. It wasn't until I got home I realized christmas is another 2.5 weeks away.

What I bought her were whole beans. After doing some reading I've found that enough beans should only be purchased to be used within 1-2 weeks. Well she will not be able to use these until at least 2.5 weeks (christmas). This really killed my spirits.

She is not a coffee snob, so I doubt she will be able to detect its age. However, what should I do to store it? Right now I Have it wrapped in like 5000 sheets of saran wrap, then about 4 sheets of tinfoil, then in a plastic bag, in a cardboard box, in another box, in my closet. Can it wait like this for 2.5 weeks, or should I freeze it, or should I give it to her early (which I really don't want to do)?

Please don't suggest buy her another pound because I'm a poor ass college student. Please help.
 

mpkelley20

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I think you will be OK to wait until Christmas. I roast my own coffee and I even find it difficult to tell the difference between beans I roasted 3 days ago and beans I roasted 3 weeks ago. Plus, (although Blue Mountain is nowhere near my favorite coffee), if your mother usually drinks store bought/cheaper coffee, this wil be a huge improvement even if she waits 3 months!
 
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c fudge

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really... now you have me debating. I was considering taking it to her next weekend and giving it to her early. I have to go home the weekend of the 16th, and I could give it to her then. Do you think there would be much difference if I gave it to her the 16, or waited 9 more days and gave it to her the 25th?
 

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Oh...and don't feeze it...it will dry the beans out too much. The regular packaging that it came it should be sufficient in keeping the beans as fresh as possible.
 

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One last thing. Even if you waited to buy the beans the day before Christmas, you would have probably eneded up with the same bag since most coffee stores keep a hefty inventory from their roasters around the holiday time. Of course, if they roasted it for you right when you bought it... my theory in incorrect! Either way...as I said before...waiting until Christmas is fine.
 
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Ok, thanks for your help! I doubt she roasted it right there. Usually they keep all their beans out for people to pour into a bag ( like a super market ) however they don't keep the JBM out because it is so expensive. They DO however roast their own beans.

She went into the back for maybe a minute or two and came out with my bag. I'm not sure how long it takes to roast beans on the spot, but I don't think she did.
 
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