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Jun 11, 2007 11:29 AM

Best storage method for coffee beans

What is the best method for storing coffee beans for someone who only makes coffee occasionally? Freezer? Also, if you care to comment on your favorite method for preparing coffee at home, please do.

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  1. Anything that you won't be grinding in the next 2 weeks need to go in the freezer. Once you are through those take only what you will use right away out of the freezer.

    When I don't make espresso my favorite method for coffee is a french press.

    1. If you're only making coffee occasionally a french press might be a little tricky. They deliver the best tasting coffee hands down, but you really have to dial-in the right grind, water:bean ratio, brew time, and water temperature to get the ideal cup. A drip coffee maker for the occasional brewer should be fine. Fresh beans are the most important. The fresher the better. Try only buying what you need, and get as close to the roasting date as possible. Store whole beans in an air-tight container at room temp. Grind them just before using.