Saturday, February 16, 2013

     I have been online and in books researching the storage life of the food and drink products I am storing.  It does not look good for coffee.  Many canned goods will last for years after their sell by date and are nearly as nutritious as the day they were packed, but coffee has a strict best by date issue.   

     I have been to Folgers' website and the coffee giant recommends coffee only up to it's best by date.  There are other sites that verify roasted coffee changing it's flavor after exposure to air.  Even if refrigerated, once opened coffee is only considered good for a month. Should anything happen to the global market and grind the gears of commerce to a halt, coffee will be worth it's weight in gold for a time.  

     The green coffee bean is a wet processed bean that the hull has been soaked off of then bagged in burlap and shipped green.  This time as a coffee bean seems to be the best way to store coffee long term as the bean is shipped around the world and stored waiting to be roasted and canned or bagged then shipped to your store. is Sweet Maria's Coffee Library.  The site recommends the storage of green or unroasted coffee beans to be stored at a constant 75 degrees.  A cooler is suggested for extremely dry or humid climates.  
green-coffee-beans-survival-food     I have searched and other informational sites to find coffee does not like the shelf.  Even as a whole bean, roasted coffee beans must be packed in an airtight container that has been opened several times in the first week to allow gasses to escape before being sealed for a year.  After a year, it begins to loose it's flavor.  

     For the longest storage for long term prepper's I suggest buying from an established online source like:  $5-$10 a pound plus shipping.  is a bit more but they sell roasting supplies too offers more blends and bulk.

Copco® Brushed Stainless Steel 6-Cup Percolator
     I have purchased some coffee for barter and I have a year or more left before I must donate it to a food bank and replace the stored coffee with new.    It is a ground roasted coffee with a best by early 2014 date.  Until then, it's all about storage.  The vacuum sealed bags are stored in a cooler as recommended to preserve my investment.  

    There are many methods for brewing coffee.   The stove top coffee brewer, also called a percolator, is a good appliance to store with your long term storage and have one on hand to practice with in the kitchen.
The Coleman camp coffee pot

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