I have begun purchase my espresso beans from a roaster in Western Canada. I have to buy a 5 pound bag. Now I have a quad each morning so I go through them in about 4 months. I am looking for some ideas on the best way to store these beans allowing for maximum freshness. Any help would be appreciated.
No one should be buying 5 pounds of coffee and using it in 4 months. Roast coffee is only truly great for 10 days or so. And even if you store it under ideal circumstances, it only has life for a month or so.
Why not buy 3 weeks to 1 month at a time.
Under your circumstances, the only way you can stretch it this far is by double zip-locking it in freezer bag and tossing it in the deep freeze - but even that is sketchy.
Coffee likes DARK and reasonably air tight containers -- at room temperature.
The two great enemies of coffee are oxygen and moisture.
Thanks for the advice Colin. I agree with you, however I don't have any public coffee houses who will roast to my specifications. My espresso beans must be very, very, dark, anything less is unacceptable. The company I am getting my beans from only ship in 5 pound packages. I place my order @ 8:00 a.m and they roast the beans at 9:00 a.m. The price is only about &10.00/pound...beats Black Cat Project coffee...which is crap. I think I will buy those new freezer bags which you can remove air from them. Thanks again for the info...great site!