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    Default Not the normal coffee question

    Curious what others do/have heard.

    I was recently in a store buying something and realized I was low on freezer space because of the 40 pounds of coffee I have in the freezer. The girl at the store told me that I shouldn't keep the coffee in the freezer, but it should be stored in the pantry.

    What have you all heard? What do you do with your coffee? I've stored mine in the freezer for years and nothing appears to be wrong with it.
    Juliann & Jeff
    Jamaica Soon Come

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    From what I've heard there is nothing wrong with storing coffee (whole beans) in the freezer, and it should last about 1-2 months.
    Hope that helps, I've always frozen my coffee

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    We try not to accumulate that much. We store ours in airtight bags in cool, dry places and only grind the beans we need for each use. I have heard that the freezer is not ideal, but I know many who keep it that way with no problems.

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    I have heard the same thing. You are supposed to keep moisture out of it so they said to seal it up really good and keep it somewhere dark and dry.

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    Just for those who are curios about why I have 40lbs of coffee in my freezer, I have a heart condition and can only drink decaf coffee. I can't stand American decaf and Blue Mountain coffee has less caffeine than American decaf so I drink Blue Mountain coffee, because as we all know Blue Mountain is the bestess!

    I currently have so much coffee in my freezer because we won't be back home until November 2011 and we drink about 20lbs per 6 month period, so our remaining 40lbs should do us nicely. Oh!, I can't wait to get home. God, how 'bout a little 2010 miracle.
    Juliann & Jeff
    Jamaica Soon Come

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    Juli -

    Here's an article I found about freezing (and storing)coffee:

    There are popular misconceptions on the way roasted coffee should be stored and maintained. The enemies of roasted coffee are moisture, air, light, and heat. Storing your coffee away from them will keep it fresher longer. Therefore, an airtight container stored in a cool, dry, dark place is the best environment for your coffee.

    Freezing Coffee - Not as Good as an Iced Mocha

    Some people store their coffee in the freezer thinking it is going to keep the coffee fresh. Here are a couple of reasons why storing coffee in your freezer is a bad idea:
    Coffee is porous. This is a good thing for fans of flavored coffee as the beans absorb the coffee flavoring syrups and oils that are used to make flavored coffee. However, if given the chance, coffee can also absorb other things like the flavor of seafood or the moisture that your freezer produces. This moisture will in turn deteriorate the coffee and even make it taste like, well... like a freezer.
    When coffee is roasted, the beans release their oils and essences to give the coffee its distinct flavor. You'll notice these oils are more prominent on dark-roasted coffee and espresso. When you break down these oils by freezing, you are removing the flavor.
    Think about it...if coffee tasted better and fresher from the freezer, then you would buy it in the frozen food section, your local coffee shop might look more like an ice cream parlor, and our power bills would be through the roof trying to maintain a meat-locker the size of a warehouse.

    When to Freeze Coffee

    How long does coffee stay fresh? A good rule to use is two weeks. Now, if you happen to have found a great price on bulk coffee, and you don't plan on using it within two weeks, the freezer can be an acceptable one-time shot. What this means is that once you take it out of the freezer, it should never go back in. The constant changes in temperature will wreak havoc on your coffee. The frozen moisture on your coffee will melt and be absorbed into the bean. When you put it back into the freezer, you are repeating the process.

    The goal in freezing coffee is to keep it away from moisture. If you have a five-pound bag of coffee to store, divide it up into weekly portions. Wrap those portions up using sealable freezer bags and plastic wrap. I've even read you should go so far as to suck out the excess air from the freezer bag using a straw!

    Remove the weekly portion when you need it, and store it in an air-tight container in a dry place like your pantry. Do not put it back into the freezer!

    When to Refrigerate Coffee

    Never, unless you are conducting a science experiment on how long it takes to ruin perfectly good coffee. The fridge is one of the absolute worst places to put coffee.

    Buy whole beans and keep them whole as long as you can.

    Would you cut a cake into pieces the day before you plan to serve it? Would you buy it pre-sliced? Of course not! The pieces would quickly become stale and the frosting would start to dry out. The same goes for coffee. Grinding the coffee breaks up the beans and their oils, exposes the beans to air, and makes the coffee go stale a lot faster, no matter how you store it.

    This holds especially true for flavored coffees!

    For the best tasting coffee, buy your beans whole and store them in a sealed container in a dark place. Grind right before serving.
    Vacuum-sealed coffee

    Vacuum-sealed coffee does not equal fresh coffee. When coffee is roasted, it releases carbon dioxide and continues to release it for days afterward. Fresh-roasted coffee can be packaged in valve-sealed bags to allow the gasses to escape and will taste best about 48 hours after roasting. To be vacuum sealed, the coffee has to first release all its CO� or it will burst the bag. The vacuum bag will indeed help preserve coffee longer while it ships and maybe sits on a store shelf, but before it shipped it had to sit around for a while before it was "sealed for freshness." Vacuum sealing is best for pre-ground coffee, which we already know is not going to taste as good as fresh-ground coffee.

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    Thanks for the responses. The more I read the more I think that buying by the bulk is a bad idea and I should tough it out and buy from vendors in Jamaica and have them ship it to the States. I hate spending $50 per pound of coffee, but to have it fresh...
    Juliann & Jeff
    Jamaica Soon Come

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    Default 40lbs of coffee

    Who cares why you have 40lbs of coffee. Your question was how to store it. The freezer is the best way. Have fun drinking 40lbs in coffee. Blue Mountain is the best.

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