How To Store Coffee Plus a Giveaway *closed*!

I love helping to support small family businesses and I love coffee so when a friend told me about Brown & Jenkins, a small, family owned coffee roaster in Vermont I was more than intrigued. The more I learned about how their process is organic and they have an eye towards sustainability I became a fan. And then I found out that they are fans of the prepper movement, I thought we were a marriage made in heaven! Given their expertise I asked them to help us learn the best way to store coffee for our preps!

Coffee Beans Brown & Jenkins Coffee is an important part of my short term prep plans but storing coffee as part of long term storage is much trickier. Brown & Jenkins has the following advice:

What is the best way to store coffee?

If you need to extend the shelf life beyond 3 weeks, you should store your coffee in the freezer. Whole beans can be kept fresh in the freezer for up to six months.

They suggest keeping the coffee beans in the poly-lined bag it came in and placing that in a heavy duty freezer bag (ziplock) and storing the beans in the freezer.

Once out of the freezer keep your whole bean coffee in a cool, dry cupboard. Or place in the storage chamber of your mill wheel grinder.

Why should I grind my own coffee?

The truth of the matter is, that ground coffee goes stale much more quickly. Coffee will begin to loose its flavor immediately after grinding. The purchase of a grinder and grinding your own coffee beans just prior to brewing is one of the most important steps you can take to improve the flavor and aroma of your coffee.

Manual Coffee Grinder

This manual coffee grinder (think no electricity) is consistently rated as one of the best by Amazon reviewers


How should I grind my coffee?

The simple fact is that the finer the grind, the easier it is for the water to extract the flavor, and the more flavor you will get from a given amount of coffee. So it would seem as though we should grind all our coffee as fine as possible, however two other factors come into play…the brewing method and the clarity we personally desire in the cup.

How fine should I grind my coffee?

This leads us to the brewing method. Basically, you should grind your coffee as finely as your brewing method will allow. You don’t want to slow down the brewing process with a grind too fine for your machine or some unwanted flavor characteristics would begin to be extracted.

Brown & Jenkins suggests grinding coffee you are using in a french press to the same consistency you would for your drip pot. So practice what you would grind your beans to when you have the luxury of an electrical coffee maker and you will be all ready to go when your only option is to use this:

Thermos Nissan 34-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Gourmet Coffee Press

More durable than the glass french press and will keep your coffee hotter.

This is all wonderful advice for staying sanely caffeinated in an emergency situation but what if I want to have long term storage of coffee?

The recommend way by most preppers is three things:

  1. Store instant coffee. I wrote a post on my love for Via by Starbucks not too long ago as a short term prepping item.
  2. Store whole green coffee beans, learn how to roast them yourself as needed. You need to store the whole green beans in mylar bags with o2 absorbers like you would most other long term storage items (tutorial coming on mylar soon)
  3. Deal with the degraded taste and store 10# cans of brands like Folgers.

Brown & Jenkins was kind enough to offer two bags of coffee to one lucky reader. You can even visit their site and pick out any of the 10 oz bags you want if you win. After looking through all their flavors, I think I am going to put an order in for the coffee club and look at it as a way to force me to store more coffee with the adage of rotating it out so I am constantly “drinking what I store and storing what I drink”.


And in case anyone is wondering on my relationship with them, there really is none except that a good friend works with them and I really admire their commitment to their business and love of coffee. I wasn’t compensated in anyway to tell you about them (I didn’t even get free coffee out of it like the winner will ๐Ÿ™‚ )


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  1. I’ll miss my mattress heater! It can be so chilly at night that I love crawling into my warm bed… I’m spoiled.. I know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I would miss my air conditioning on those hot and humid days in the Southeast.

  3. I’d miss fuzzy slippers

  4. I would miss air conditioning and ice. Living in the deep south we’re devoting WAY too much time to figuring out how we would keep cool and have ice in our sweet tea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I would miss my microwave!

  6. Richard Morris :

    I would miss my replicator (hint: star trek)

  7. I will miss reality TV shows

  8. There will be no missing of anything ,because we will be with Jesus .

  9. I would like to get get Brown & Jenkins’ Hazelnut and Organic Peruvian coffees.

  10. I’d miss all the electronics

  11. I’d miss air conditioning the most because summers here are unbearable!

  12. hot shower. is there anything better?

  13. debbie jackson :

    miss my cheese doodles debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  14. debbie jackson :

    hazel nut and and the origin sampler

  15. I’ll miss my Kindle and my Ipod!

  16. I would miss my reality TV. Life without the Kardashians? Ugh ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. I would ask for the Rim Shot Reserve (wink, wink)

  18. My Kindle!

  19. Popcorn.

  20. i will miss toilet paper and my dishwasher!

  21. Air conditioning and to be honest, not having access to green curry will make me sad ๐Ÿ™

  22. I would miss chocolate.

  23. I would miss air conditioning

  24. I would like Cafe Au Lait Blend Coffee and Lake House Blend Coffee

  25. Contact lenses ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Butter pecan and Swiss chocolate almond

  27. I’d miss my computer and Netflix

  28. I’d love to try Brazilian Bourbon Santos Coffee

  29. I agree with Debbie (above) I would miss chocolate and champagne!

  30. I’ll miss my sewing machine and fabric!

  31. Organic healthy living blend and Hazelnut

  32. Debbie Welchert :

    I would like to try their Brown & Jenkins Special Blend Coffee.

  33. I’d miss the Internet.

  34. Well in the event no electricity i’d miss movies, music, internet, and air conditioning. Oh and cold anything because the fridge would be out so goodbye ice cream ๐Ÿ™

  35. MMMmm, the flavored coffees sound so good right now. Especially the Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee

  36. Joanne Gregory :


  37. Melanie Schemanski :


  38. Joanne Gregory :

    Organic Healthy Living Blend Coffee

  39. Natosha Zachary :

    I would miss McDonald’s french fries!

  40. online shopping lol

  41. Eating really good pizza with friends

  42. Whitney Curtis :


  43. I would miss candy

  44. A hot shower and scented lotion!

  45. Wrapping up in a blanket.

  46. Barbara Montag :

    I would soooo miss my salsa – thank you!

  47. I would miss TV!!

  48. Rim Shot Reserve!!

  49. Rebecca Graham :

    I will miss my talk shows on TV.

  50. christine weideman :

    coffee, I cannot live without it!

  51. christine weideman :

    I would love the butter pecan coffee

  52. I will miss facebook

  53. i would miss electricity because there goes all my electronics & appliances

  54. I would miss internet and red bull!

  55. french roast and organic coffee

  56. hot showers and tv

  57. my $500 blender!

  58. i would miss my laptop and dvr!!

  59. I would miss Swedish Fish and clean socks.

  60. I would miss ice cream. No freezers means no Ben & Jerrys ๐Ÿ™

  61. Rhea Stogsdill Chladek :

    Slipper socks and ice cream!

  62. Rhea Stogsdill Chladek :

    Hot chocolates and ice cream milkshakes!

  63. Gee. Maybe I would miss all of the countless hours spent thinking about this stuff. Not. I would miss things like being able to buy steak instead of butchering it myself, washing my hair in the shower instead of having someone pour swimming pool water over my head, and relaxing on the couch watching the Walking Dead instead of watching my garden for intruders. You know, the little stuff.

  64. I would choose Columbian and Boyden’s Brown Cow.

  65. Christine Roeske :

    I will miss the internet – BIG TIME!

  66. I’d miss holding a warm soft kitty and throwing the ball for my dog.

  67. Hot chocolate and dark peanut m&m’s!

  68. my microwave

  69. chocolate raspberry whole bean

  70. I’d miss a warm bath!

  71. mountain magic and rainforest blend!

  72. I would miss teaching violin. I love it.

  73. I would get the Swiss Almond Chocolate Coffee. Yum!

  74. I’ll miss watching Young & The Restless!!

  75. I think the Boyden’s Brown Cow sounds great

  76. I would miss running water (i.e. toilets).

  77. cozying up to a crackling fire in front of a fireplace with a few friends, enjoying a good hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a good book. We’re watching a snowstorm outside but nobody has to go to work that day, we can enjoy it

  78. I’m gonna have to say my laptop..

  79. I would miss electricity the most.

  80. Chocolate!

  81. I’d like the organic Peruvian and the Costa Rican coffees.

  82. Danielle Porter :

    Ferro Roche!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

  83. A/C -summer in Texas is HOT!

  84. I’d miss listening to the radio.

  85. Chocolate and the convenience of the modern grocery store!

  86. I’d get the Farm House Blend Coffee!

  87. I’d miss toilet paper

  88. I’d miss the internet.

  89. I’d miss the internet!

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  90. I’d love to try these two coffees:

    Decaf S.W.P. Colombian Supremo Coffee and Decaf Hazelnut Coffee

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  91. i’d miss my ‘puter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. I would miss the internet

  93. I will miss getting dressed up!

  94. butter pecan sounds awesome!

  95. I’d get Bienvenue Blend Coffee

  96. I’d miss the internet connection

  97. nicole korson :

    A hot shower!

  98. I’d miss my bed :(.

  99. My laptop!

  100. Brown & Jenkins Special Blend Coffee

  101. I’d miss Christmas movies!

  102. I would miss electricity and running water more than anything.

  103. Desiree Dunbar :

    I’d miss having fun with my family and dog! I also would love the Winter Spice Coffee.

  104. I would miss my new recliner..=)

  105. the Black Ice Coffee

  106. omg my laptop

  107. chocolate raspberry and bvanilla hazelnut sounds wonderful

  108. Bubble baths!

  109. oh coke cola gotta have it

  110. Little luxuries mean nothing to me without the people I love. I would just be worried about my family.

  111. If I won, I would like to try French Vanilla flavored coffee.

  112. i would most miss cellphones and the ability to communicate with distant loved ones… and music players/speakers

  113. sleeping in


  115. rochelle johnson :

    crickets chirping

  116. I’d miss surfing the net

  117. soft towels and pillows ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. Melanie Montgomery :

    Watching House Hunters!

  119. I would surely miss my chocolate. I’m a chocoholic ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. Brown & Jenkins Special Blend Coffee

  121. I’ll miss shutting off the alarm for the extra 10 minutes of sleep! It’s the best!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  122. Lucy Schwartz :

    I would miss my time blogging.

  123. I would miss my bed :/

  124. I would miss Law and Order reruns. Thanks for the giveaway.

  125. Dorothy Deakyne :

    I like the french vanilla

  126. I will miss air conditioning. I am in the process of building a basement under our current home, but it is slow going. It will be cooler there but Texas gets very hot!

  127. Cassandra McCann :

    seeing my childrens smiles

  128. Being able to surf the Web far into the night

  129. Celebes Kalossi Coffee and Costa Rican Coffee

  130. I would miss libraries.

  131. Organic Peruvian and The Dark Side

  132. Stephanie Larison :

    The internet

  133. Barbara Stenby :


  134. Tanya Bartlett :

    my bathrobe

  135. cassandra (rab pom) :

    I would miss going to the beach!

  136. cassandra (rab pom) :

    I would like to try the Brazilian Bourbon Santos Coffee!

  137. I would also miss ginger vodka as one of my life’s little luxuries.
    reejen at comcast dot net

  138. mary reynolds :

    I would miss watching the X Factor

    Thanks for the sweeps

  139. Electricity would cover music (some forms), Ice, and electronics.

  140. I would miss electricity and the internet

  141. Pringles and Milk Duds!

  142. Electric lights! Candles are only good fro ambiance.

  143. Linda Dickson :

    I would probably miss electricity and my pajamas the most, although, if you don’t have electricity, it really doesn’t matter about the pajamas!

  144. Toothpaste

  145. I would miss hot showers.

  146. Vanilla Hazelnut and Chocolate Raspberry.

  147. i will miss the internet, i love the internet

  148. electricity!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  149. i would choose Organic French Roast Coffee

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  150. I’d miss chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚

  151. Sushi & electricity.

  152. id miss entering giveaways and subway grinders

  153. I miss my hot daily showers. We’d all be so stinky and gross!

  154. id love the Swiss Chocolate Almond Coffee

  155. Jmstrunk (Sybille) :

    I would miss lotion. Boy would I miss lotion! Oh, and contact lens solution. Maybe that one a little bit more…

  156. Jmstrunk (Sybille) :

    If I won I’d want to try the Single Origin Sampler.

  157. I would miss the internet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  158. Bacon.

  159. Internet and chocolate.

  160. I would love to try Mountain Magic Coffee.

  161. my iPhone!

  162. Christian Alejandro N. :

    I would miss my music and showers that I take for granted.

  163. Christian Alejandro N. :

    I would like to try the butter pecan flavor.

  164. I won! I won! I’m so excited. Thank you for having this giveaway.

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