Best Way to Store Coffee (and Tea)?

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What do you think is best way to store coffee for up to a year?

if ground i use so little of it - i freeze it. finely powdered as i use it to make Turkish style coffee. i haven't had any in a long time but i've gotten away from drinking coffee and have to drink fake coffee instead.
 

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Vacuum sealed. Got to keep moisture and oxygen away. Canning jar with 2 piece lid. Can oven can it as this is the type of thing that is for.

I'd personally drop in a small oxygen absorber and desiccant, then use the jar attachment for the vacuum sealer. That's how I store small amounts of grains in quart or half gallon jars.

Freezing in air tight container is fine as long as you don't open it to pull some out. That lets moisture in. Use smaller containers if needed so can just pull a small amount that can be used up. Make sure the lid is left off a while after it warms up fully to room temperature and any moisture that builds up has a chance to evaporate. Then keep as normal.

Those vacuumed sealed bricks of coffee they sell in the store last a very long time in the cupboard until opened.
 

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Hmm coffee storage.
Best is store green beans and roast as needed.
Second is to store vacuum sealed roasted whole beans and grind as needed. What we do.
Third is the vacuum sealed bricks of ground coffee.
The key is only the oils on the surface of the grounds or bean is ever comes in contact with the air . By grinding when used these oil are fresh not rancid.
 

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Shades of above, whole beans, vacuum sealed bag, freezer. :)

If the SHTF, and coffee is scarce, I will be going through my civil war history books looking for southern coffee solutions. Lolol
 

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Funny you say that. This past week I got in 5 lbs. of chicory seed . Now bear in mind that there are roughly 40,000 seed to the 1/4 pound. I will pass a few to friends and spread the rest over a large area this winter on top of snow .
 

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Shades of above, whole beans, vacuum sealed bag, freezer. :)

If the SHTF, and coffee is scarce, I will be going through my civil war history books looking for southern coffee solutions. Lolol

roasted chicory root and roasted dandelion root is a very good substitute, IMO. yes, it isn't the exact same thing, but it is close enough for me and i also like that it doesn't have caffiene. i keep some fake instant stuff on hand for the few times i feel like drinking it but more often than not now i just have hot chocolate instead.

when i do get some freshly ground powder i'll break it up into smaller portions and pack it into air-tight glass jars and then freeze it. i've had those last several years without them going off. when i pull a jar out of the freezer and remove a portion to use it isn't out of the freezer for longer than a few moments time so i'm not worried about moisture problems in there. i don't tend to leave things out on the counter or forget about them like that.

also, when i make coffee i have to drink it hot and right away, i don't leave a cup sitting down on the table, it is in my hand and i sip it until it is gone. the only way i really like cold coffee would be like kahlua or iced coffee or as an ingredient for something else. hot or cold is good, but not in-between, eww... :) and definitely not the kind that has sit on the burner for half the day. that's just icky beyond ick.
 

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Vacuum sealed. Got to keep moisture and oxygen away. Canning jar with 2 piece lid. Can oven can it as this is the type of thing that is for.

I'd personally drop in a small oxygen absorber and desiccant, then use the jar attachment for the vacuum sealer. That's how I store small amounts of grains in quart or half gallon jars.

Freezing in air tight container is fine as long as you don't open it to pull some out. That lets moisture in. Use smaller containers if needed so can just pull a small amount that can be used up. Make sure the lid is left off a while after it warms up fully to room temperature and any moisture that builds up has a chance to evaporate. Then keep as normal.

Those vacuumed sealed bricks of coffee they sell in the store last a very long time in the cupboard until opened.
Mice like the vaccuun sealed bricks. 😣 I put mine into quart jars. Sounds like I should get the jar attachment for my vacuum sealer.
 

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Hmm coffee storage.
Best is store green beans and roast as needed.
Second is to store vacuum sealed roasted whole beans and grind as needed. What we do.
Third is the vacuum sealed bricks of ground coffee.
The key is only the oils on the surface of the grounds or bean is ever comes in contact with the air . By grinding when used these oil are fresh not rancid.
I stored some ground - in case of power outage. Mostly whole beans. But sounds like I need to vacuum seal them
 

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