I am thinking about purchasing these Craig Lyn Bean Vaults as I have yet to find an effective and workable solution for storing single doses outside of my freezer that does not involve single vacuum bags. Anyone see or use these?
Any alternative product suggestions? The critical criteria for me are: 1. Stores 15 to 18 g of medium beans (not more than 20 g); 2. Has a sufficiently wide diameter (ie not a one bean wide diameter! ), 3. Airtight seal.
And some wishful thinking: 4. The ability to remove air. 5. The ability to inject argon with a needle or small tube. 6. Variable volume.
I have tried many many alternatives and the closest I get is a very small glass jar that had cork stoppers that I replaced with silicone stoppers that I cut to shape. But once the stoppers are pushed in, they are challenging to remove as I had to cut them (horizontally) too short to make them fit right. Once pushed in the top of the stopper is almost level with the jar rim. I tried those small mason jars with flip lids and gaskets but even the smallest ones are too big.
I also tried plastic centrifuge tubes, but have been unable to find ones with a flat bottom that are also airtight and wider than one or two beans. I have more tried but didn’t work returns to Amazon then I can count 🤪
Fyi, I lightly vacuum seal and freeze my decaf beans (I only drink decaf) in 6 dose (3 days of shots) portions at the apparent optimum resting time (which according to folks on this board is 3 to 4 weeks). However, once I unfreeze and open a 6 dose bag, I notice that the beans start to deteriorate (stale) pretty quickly if not well sealed in mini glass jars, with noticeable changes from “just unfrozen” the night before (day 1) to day 2 and day 3.
Fyi, I don’t have sufficient freezer room for storing single dose centrifuge tubes for more than one pound of coffee, and buying another freezer would not go down well with my wife, who wants me to purge stuff in preparation for an eventual downsize in our living quarters. 😢
A side topic: wondering whether my decaf coffee bean resting time is too long, as I seem to be struggling more with staling since I changed from 2 weeks resting to 4 weeks resting. Infact, I originally used to store my beans for 1 week and liked the fresh flavour of my medium roast decaf beans. I just now created a separate post for this topic here: here