How To Store Coffee Beans

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How To Store Coffee Beans

 

The unfortunate fact is that coffee begins to lose it’s freshness almost immediately after roasting. That’s why it’s better to purchase in small quantities more frequently, so you’re getting the fullest flavor possible.

So what’s the ideal way to store beans once you’ve purchased them?

Good news! Our bags are a tough sandwich of Polyethylene and Aluminum Foil, which protects those beautiful beans of yours far better than most. It has a one-way valve to ensure no blowouts occur from off-gasing, since it’s bagged almost immediately after roasting.

Coffee Gallery bags

However, for long-term storage (more than a month), we recommend storing your beans in an opaque, air-tight container in a cool place, like a dry pantry.

 

"Store the beans in an opaque, air-tight container in a cool place, like a dry pantry."

So what about freezing or refrigerating the beans?

Refrigerating is a definite no, due to the condensation that will build up, but there are differing views on freezing. Moisture and air are the 2 greatest offenders to flavor (not to mention drastic changes in temperature), and if you're pulling them out on a regular basis, condensation will collect on the beans as they are exposed to warm air. So bottom line, in general, freezing them isn't recommended.

What to avoid completely:

Vacuum sealing your beans. This has the potential of drawing the natural oils to the surface of the coffee, speeding up the loss of flavor, once opened.

Sunlight. Northing breaks oils down faster than sunlight and heat.

Grinding the beans before you need to. It’s true, it saves time to grind the whole bag at once, but if it’s freshness you’re looking for, don’t do it. Coffee oils are water soluble, and oxidize easily, so as soon as you break the protective shell, the delicate oils are then opened to the air and can make them deteriorate quickly, losing flavor.

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Summer on the North Shore

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The beginning of summer is marked with many beautiful flowers that fill the air with a fresh perfume
north shore summer
Children are out of school, and much of their time is spent at the beach enjoying the water and sunshine.
north shore summer
The waves die down, and the water becomes clearer and clearer
north shore summer
Waimea turns into a giant pool of water,
north shore summer
And Waimea Jump rock has no lack of jumpers.
(Even as the sun is setting!)
north shore summer
Lizards, geckos and chickens run around freely
north shore summer
Here at Coffee Gallery, we serve all sorts of summer treats to stay cool.
north shore summer
north shore summer
Hikes that would be dangerous any other time of the year, fill up free time
north shore summer
And bring spectacular views of the North Shore
north shore summer
Shade is sought after, as the humid weather makes the heat thick,north shore summer
so it's always nice to be able to head to the beach to cool off.
north shore summer
north shore summer
Enjoying the view from above
north shore summer
And below
north shore summer
But one of the best parts of summer is when the sun starts to set.
north shore summer
The sky lights up like fire
north shore summer
And the long, warm evenings are enjoyed with family and friends.
north shore summer
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Housemade Lemonade | Spotlight On The Menu

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Lemonade and Summertime go hand in hand, in my opinion.

Homemade Lemonade Coffee Gallery

Instead of dumping corn syrup and other chemicals in your body, stop by Coffee Gallery for our housemade lemonade! Made from real lemon juice, sugar and water, stirred with a big wooden spoon :) I promise that’s all, and it won’t disappoint!

lemonade

lemonade

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Coffee Gallery Housemade Mocha Sauce

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Our housemade mocha sauce always fills the kitchen and shop with a rich chocolaty smell every time our bakers make it. Made of quality ingredients, our sauce is gluten free and vegan, and is the "secret ingredient" in our delicious mochas.

It is slowly cooked down, giving it it's full, rich flavor.

Stop by for a hot or iced mocha to try it for yourself! I promise...you'll like it.

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Explore Oahu: Pu'u Manamana (Crouching Lion)

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As soon as I saw the view, I couldn't believe I'd never done this hike before.
Crouching Lion, Oahu
I’d heard about Crouching Lion not long after moving to Oahu, but was warned it was not for people afraid of heights. Always being a fairly cautious person, I figured I’d wait, and warm up to it.
When I found a friend who had recently done it, I jumped on his invitation to hike it together. The next day I (literally) threw everything in my truck, picked up my sister and headed up the North Shore.
After sitting in stop-and-go traffic for almost 45 min (thank you weekend construction), it felt so good to arrive and hit the trail. It gained elevation pretty fast, and before long we broke out into one of the most beautiful views on the island!

Crouching Lion, Hauula
Honestly, I could've sat there all day just soaking it in, but half the fun is climbing the rocks, so after snapping a couple pics, we headed away from the ridge, toward the Crouching Lion itself.
Either I’m getting better about heights, or it really wasn’t bad, because I did completely fine climbing up the rocks! Of course I don’t recommend being stupid up there, but there was plenty of room to move around and enjoy the view without hugging the rock.
Oahu
paragliding Oahu
It was fun sitting there talking about life, watching the paragliders float over our head and the traffic pass below.
Crouching Lion View
I saw people crawling up the ridge behind us, and decided that was going to be me, next time.
Crouching Lion Ridge
Lunch time rolled around, and we headed back down the hill, wrapping our adventure up with a delicious meal from Shrimp Shack, a couple miles down the road in Hauula.
I have to admit...It's become one of the places my mind wanders when I daydream, and I am already planning my return trip. But for now, I sit at my desk reliving it through my pictures.
Crouching Lion Hike
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