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Topic: confused on storing fresh beans (9 msgs / 195 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
Hi all.  Okay, I am sure this has been covered, I am looking to see 
what the consensus was.  One book, Home Coffee Roasting, says in 
burlap bags, in a cool dry place, with ventilation.  I get 
that.  But, the beans come to me in sealed plastic bags that can be 
resealed.  Is this bad for longer term storage - meaning a few weeks, 
maybe longer?  Should I buy the burlap bags so they get the ventilation.
Two sites say kind of the opposite thing.  Sweet Maria's sells the 
bags so I believe they think one should use them - and I think they 
are cool - not a solid reason, but I like the burlap bags.
Right now, I meet all of the requirements except the ventilation 
since they are in the plastic bags.
Ideas?

2) From: Stephen Carey
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Okay, some days I am really slow.  The answer was all over SM's 
site.   I got confused when I read to use burlap bags, yet they 
coffee comes in sealed plastic bags.  I read further, like a good 
boy, and saw that if I am to have the green coffee with me for any 
length of time that I should use the burlap bag and not the plastic 
sealed bag so that it can breathe.  If I am going to use up a pound 
in the week I got it all if fine.
Sorry for the wasted post.
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Okay, some days I am really slow.  The answer was all
over SM's site.   I got confused when I read to use burlap
bags, yet they coffee comes in sealed plastic bags.  I read further,
like a good boy, and saw that if I am to have the green coffee with me
for any length of time that I should use the burlap bag and not the
plastic sealed bag so that it can breathe.  If I am going to use up
a pound in the week I got it all if fine.
Sorry for the wasted post.
At 06:35 PM 7/31/2007, you wrote:
Hi all.  Okay, I am sure
this has been covered, I am looking to see what the consensus was. 
One book, Home Coffee Roasting, says in burlap bags, in a cool dry place,
with ventilation.  I get that.  But, the beans come to me in
sealed plastic bags that can be resealed.  Is this bad for longer
term storage - meaning a few weeks, maybe longer?  Should I buy the
burlap bags so they get the ventilation.
Two sites say kind of the opposite thing.  Sweet Maria's sells the
bags so I believe they think one should use them - and I think they are
cool - not a solid reason, but I like the burlap bags.
Right now, I meet all of the requirements except the ventilation since
they are in the plastic bags.
Ideas?
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3) From: Stephen Carey
Okay, some days I am really slow.  The answer was all over SM's 
site.   I got confused when I read to use burlap bags, yet they 
coffee comes in sealed plastic bags.  I read further, like a good 
boy, and saw that if I am to have the green coffee with me for any 
length of time that I should use the burlap bag and not the plastic 
sealed bag so that it can breathe.  If I am going to use up a pound 
in the week I got it all if fine.
Sorry for the wasted post.
At 06:35 PM 7/31/2007, you wrote:
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4) From: Brett Mason
I try not to use the plastic for more than half a year - no problems so
far...
Brett
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5) From: Aaron
Brett:
Given their bags are in no way really airtight, How bad could it be 
using the sm's plastic bag over a burlap bag.  Id think if anything it'd 
help keep the beans from drying out as quickly myself.
I have beans I have stored in plastic for two years and some in burlap, 
and to be honest, I havent found any 'bad' tastes in the plastic stored 
beans over the cloth ones, but then again since it's not the same beans 
in both bags, the results are not really quantitative.
Since you are not supposed to store beans in really humid places to 
begin with, i dont see mold being a problem. so am wondering really, how 
bad can it really be?
Aaron

6) From: Brett Mason
Well, if you are looking for one more thing to fret about, this subject can
be FRETTABLE...
Apart from that, keep your beans and stop worrying!
Brett
On 7/31/07, Aaron  wrote:
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7) From: Scott Marquardt
Sew up some polyester. Make your own bags. Make several sizes this way. It's
also simple to add a drawstring.
Seriously.
The ziplocs everyone sends coffee in nowadays are polyester.
It has the advantage of being pretty darned inert.
- S
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8) From: raymanowen
"I try not to use the plastic for more than half a year..."
Me, too. Fortunately, I can't count past , so none of mine sits longer t=
han
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Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
When Mickey's big hand is pointing down...

9) From: Larry Johnson
My experience is practically identical to Aaron's.
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