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Old 05-15-2011, 09:11 AM
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What's the best way to store coffee long term? What is the shelf life?
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Green beans which you will roast and grind when the time comes. Roasted beans and ground coffee have unlocked the oils which begin the march to rancidity, and keeping beans green and stored in the absence of oxygen retards that process greatly.

Store in mylar w/ O2 absorbers. You can expect years of storage that way.

I'd consider myself very well prepped, but I've yet to add coffee. That's how I'm going to do it.


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I just stack my Folgers classic roast in our pantry. I usually buy a couple cans every couple weeks or so. The coffee I'm drinking now shows a mid 2007 expiration.
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What's the best way to store coffee long term? What is the shelf life?
I'll let you know in 20 years.
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I'm pulling coffee from my stockpile with an expiration of 2001 ...... still tastes great
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Just went into the local Publix and walked by a display of Maxwell coffee in the blue containers. The price was $14.99.
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Un-opened it will keep for years. After I open a can, I keep it in the freezer.
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Post's about storing green beans in mylar & o2absorbers gives it a years of storage. A can, not a plastic "tub" of coffee should last at least a year if not more in the freezer.?! I figure even a 10 year old can of coffee will still taste better than burnt tree bark and other "natural" coffee alternatives.
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You could also store the freeze dried stuff, i know its not the most favorable but i've had a cup or two before that i was darn glad to get....


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You could also store the freeze dried stuff, i know its not the most favorable but i've had a cup or two before that i was darn glad to get....


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I long term store the unopened jars (glass) of instant coffee. I'm thinking less space taken and I may not have the luxury of being able to brew real coffee. I tried an old packet I found that had to be at least 10 years old and it tasted fine(for instant!)
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I finally bought some green coffee beans and stored it in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. I really have not seen coffee in real cans in a very long time. I do not buy the coffee in plastic containers. I usually by beans and grind them.
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I have only about 4 pounds of coffee stored but I keep it in glass canisters.

I suppose, as long as you don't open the container, coffee would keep for a good long while.
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I think Folgers and such will last many years just fine. but I pay $15 a lbs. and I need to store a better coffee then that, so I'm freezing it as long as possible and hoping that will dri it out a little. Which is the wurst way to store coffee but stilh better then Folgers.

the green beans are popular now, but I dont think the beans will last as long not dried. Thats why people invinted drying.
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I would think the freeze dried stuff would store pretty well, also.

...At least I hope!!
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if you buy green beens i recomend practicing roasting em
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I just opened a can of Folgers dated 1994 and it was fine!
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I also have several nonelectric means of brewing coffee - enamel percolators in the camping gear, a metal French press from IKEA in the kitchen, and a vintage Pyrex Flameware stovetop percolator in storage.
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It takes a few pounds to get the electric roasters right too. I use the Behmor 1600 electric roaster. I've been happy with it. It roasts the beans even. I bring a pound 10 seconds into the second crack before I start the cooling process. It brings the beans to a nice dark-red brown. The same color as a proper gumbo roux.
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I have a few pounds of whole bean stashed in the fridge, and a big jar of freeze-dried for LTS. Winn-Dixie and a few lesser-known brands still use metal cans, though the top is not metal. I like to keep a few of the empty cans.
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It takes a few pounds to get the electric roasters right too. I use the Behmor 1600 electric roaster. I've been happy with it. It roasts the beans even. I bring a pound 10 seconds into the second crack before I start the cooling process. It brings the beans to a nice dark-red brown. The same color as a proper gumbo roux.
I use the same roaster and I can't get one pound of green beans to even see over the horizon to second crack, much less 10 seconds into it. What are your settings? I use the "A" program and P1 profile. I add all of the allowable extra time and still end up with a City+ to Full City at darkest. I have been doing two roasts of 1/2 pound each to get the desired darkness and amount. Lately, I have been favoring South and Central American beans to African and Indonesian beans.
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