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Airtight container for coffee

Postby silmanor » 20 May 2012, 09:01

Top o' the mornin'. I'm looking for an airtight jar to store my coffee, and haven't spotted any in the city yet. I buy my coffee from Carrefour right now, as they have a decent ground home blend, but some research I have done has suggested that repeatedly taking coffee out of the freezer (where I presently store) just to put it back again can hurt the quality of the beans. I have noticed that the last cups aren't as tasty as the first, as well.

Also, if the shop happens to be in the south or west of the city, and it's a small shop that sells ground beans, all the better :discodance:
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Re: Airtight container for coffee

Postby Incubus » 20 May 2012, 15:35

Go to the area behind (north of) Taipei Main Station and south of Nanjing. You'll find shops that specialize in all kinds of things including containers and jars. It's actually an interesting place to just walk around if you have an afternoon to kill.
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Re: Airtight container for coffee

Postby Icon » 20 May 2012, 16:33

Taiyuan Street is the name. Exit Y8 from the Metro Mall.

Kitty corner from the "christmas"" store -where they sell holiday stuff -there is a place that sells glassware whole sale. They have their stuff on teh sidewalk. It is next to the stationery place. There is like a plaza in front, with an old streetcar on display.

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Re: Airtight container for coffee

Postby ceevee369 » 20 May 2012, 18:12

Silmanor, each department store has air-tight cans. Some are good for 250- 400 gram beans or grounded coffee. Matter of finding the one which fits best. I'd go for the ones with rubber seal, but those are more difficult to find.

I also like the 4-5 kinds of coffee Carrefour has but they are WAY too expensive ( import - transport)
Costco has some great breakfast coffee - roasted by Starbucks. Not to acid to start the day.
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Re: Airtight container for coffee

Postby pilam99 » 22 May 2012, 12:42

I'd recommend getting a vacuum saver jar, I use it for the same purpose. If you remove the air the coffee will stay fresh for much longer. You need to get a jar and a plunger separately. They sell them both at the "Red Apple Store" at the corner for Tianmu North & West roads. Not cheap, about 1,000 NT for the jar and plunger.
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Re: Airtight container for coffee

Postby sandman » 22 May 2012, 18:20

How much are you buying at a time? :eek: I buy mine in 400g bags and one lasts about a week. That's only two people having one cup each in the morning. I just roll up the bag and stick a rubber band around it. Works well.
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Re: Airtight container for coffee

Postby lostinasia » 22 May 2012, 20:31

silmanor wrote:I buy my coffee from Carrefour right now, as they have a decent ground home blend, but some research I have done has suggested that repeatedly taking coffee out of the freezer (where I presently store) just to put it back again can hurt the quality of the beans.

I have the impression you're actually better off buying whole beans and then grounding them as you need them. That's probably going to make more difference than what kind of container you use for storing ground coffee. Blade grinders are fairly cheap and available at most of the department stores; you can also get fancy burr grinders at a few places, although I haven't taken that step yet.
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Airtight container for coffee

Postby flike » 22 May 2012, 21:02

I grind and brew my own coffee, and I've found that a gallon-size zip-lock bag works fine for preventing oxidation of the volatile oils. In my experience zip lock bags work better than rubber- sealed tins.

I buy roasted beans 400g at a time, usually in a foil pouch. I just zip the closed up pouch into the bag and keep it out of sunlight and the freezer. Works fine.
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Re: Airtight container for coffee

Postby Incubus » 27 May 2012, 13:43

flike wrote: I just zip the closed up pouch into the bag and keep it out of sunlight and the freezer.

The freezer or the refrigerator? I've always thought coffee should be kept in the refrigerator (not the freezer) since tiny ice crystals can form when the coffee is kept in the freezer, and you'll end up diluting the coffee.
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