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how to store and use coffee beans?

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how to store and use coffee beans?

akowit | Oct 23, 2008 01:42 PM

Someone just sent me 3 lbs of roasted coffee beans from Peet's, which has inspired me to stop buying coffee at $2 a pop and make it myself. Some questions:

1. How long will the whole beans stay fresh at room temp? Should I store the rest in the freezer? I'm planning to grind enough for a week at a time.

3. I thought I'd just grind them in my spice grinder but will that make my coffee taste like cumin? I don't really want to buy a second grinder.

4. Thinking of just using a a cone and filter. Would a french press make a significantly better batch of coffee? Other inexpensive equipment options that are good?

Thanks!

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