Sto’ Yo’ Beans (Also: What to Do When Your Dog Is Stung by a Bee)

Planetary Design Airscape 64oz in Chrome.

Today, the topic is dogs and bee stings.  The real topic of this post was supposed to be about how I store my beans to keep them as fresh as possible between mornings (I’ll get to that), but today Georgie-black-dog was stung by a bee so we are covering that topic as well. Since I am not a vet, I am going to send you right to this article about how to handle things when your pet is stung by a bee.  Also, I am going to show you this picture of the stinger (little f*@%*r!) P.S. Rest in peace, bee.

The bee stinger.
The bee stinger and bulb (venom sac long gone).

 

This is Georgie of the bee sting situation.
This is Georgie of the bee sting situation.

I ended up taking Georgie to the vet for a quick once-over, and then I also gave her a little Benedryl based on this article’s suggested dose of 1 mg of Benedryl per one pound of body weight. She’s doing great, by the way.

So that’s that. Now, on to the topic of storing coffee beans. I do not store my beans in the refrigerator or freezer. I guess a long time ago I did, but then I read that was not the right thing to do, and I believe everything I read, so I stopped. So even though I go through my beans pretty fast (12 oz in 7-10 days), I use the Planetary Design Airscape 64oz Chrome Cannister for storing my beans because it has a mechanism (named by me “the air pusher middle lid”) for pushing the air out of the container.

I don’t like to take my beans out of the bag because I have a deep appreciation for coffee bag design so I am happy with the 64 oz size. That said, you can store a lot more beans — and push out more air from the container — if the beans are not in the bag.  And if the beans are loose, you could definitely go with the 32 oz size canister for a 12 oz bag of beans. In terms of durability, I’ve had my canister for about 4 years, and it is as good as ever, so it definitely holds up.

Here are some drawings that kind of show how it works:

This illustration sort of shows how the Airscape works.
How the Airscape Canister’s “air pushing middle lid” works.

 

And here are some real-life pictures of what it looks like inside.

This is the lid of the container.
This is the “top lid” of the container. It has a little valve-type hole in the center that lets the air out, but not in.

 

Airscape Container - inside view.
This is what it looks like inside. I am holding the handle for the “air pushing middle lid” part of the container. You push this lid down until it is touching the beans. The handle folds down flat after you have pushed out the air.

 

This is what the "airpusher" looks like when the container is open.
This is what the middle lid looks like when the container is open.

I am interested to know how you store your beans to keep them fresh? Do you have any special tactics?  And what do you think about putting them in the fridge or freezer? Also, please subscribe to my blog!  (It’s free!)  🙂

If you have any questions about how this Airscape contraption works, please email me at anne@annelovescoffeemore.com.

About The Author

Anne Stericker

City-dweller, designer, writer and lifestyle consultant practicing the art of living well in the 21st Century. Fixated with good coffee, great design, and any little thing that makes life better.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Larry | 20th Jan 16

    Hi Anne! Here’s the Coffeevac I’ve been using:
    http://www.amazon.com/Tightvac-Coffeevac-Vacuum-Storage-Container/dp/B0046JB136/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453276643&sr=8-1&keywords=coffeevac
    The seal isn’t 100%, but it does a really good job and can’t be beat at the price. I’m very interested in the one you’re using, and think I may have to give it a try!

    • Anne Stericker | 20th Jan 16

      Thank you, Larry! I saw that one, when I was searching Amazon for my Planetary Designs cannister, and I was wondering how it works… do you squeeze out the air the way a wine-saver works, or it is just a single “pushing of a button” that give it a tight seal?

  2. Larry | 20th Jan 16

    I’ve been using the Coffeevac you can get it at coffeevac.com or even cheaper at amazon. The seal isn’t 100%, but it does a pretty terrific job, especially for the price. I’m going to have to try your jar though!

  3. Larry Spinak | 22nd Jan 16

    Hi Anne! You hold the button (on the side of the lid) in while you push the lid down, and the air whooshes out as the lid goes down. Let go and you are done!

  4. Carol Elaine | 9th Feb 16

    Hi Larry! Thank you for pointing me to Anne’s blog! (A friend and I go on regular walks throughout Los Angeles County in search of new coffee experiences, so this will definitely be of interest to us. 🙂 )

    I admit, I’m a bit of a coffee heathen because I don’t grind my coffee daily before making it in the morning (Melita drip cone for me!). Because of this, I store my ground coffee in a 20 year old ceramic canister with a rubber seal and metal clasp (similar to this, but without the Starbucks logo: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/229754018462152404/). It stays fresh enough for me, especially now that I’ve stopped being lazy about making my own soy mocha misto most mornings.

    I also have a glass jar with the same type of seal for my decaf coffee – for those times when I’m craving a soy mocha misto at night, but I also want to sleep.

    • Anne Stericker | 13th Feb 16

      Hi Carol! This is awesome! Thank you for commenting and also would love to hear about your current fave coffee shops! We should plan a coffee excursion together!

  5. Carol Elaine | 16th Feb 16

    The problem with telling you about some of our favorite places is trying to remember the name of them. But the ones I can tell you about for sure are Muse on 8th (just west of Koreatown – the owner Jennifer is fantastic), Aeirloom Bakery in Toluca Lake (with a Spanish latte to die for and another terrific owner in Ben), Priscilla’s in Burbank (an old stalwart of a coffee house). I recently tried Joe Coffee in NoHo (quite close to the Metro Red Line Station) – yummy soy chai AND they sell meringue cookies that they call Unicorn Poop.

    A coffee excursion sounds terrific!

    • Anne Stericker | 16th Feb 16

      Thank you!!

  6. Carol Elaine | 22nd Feb 16

    You’re welcome!

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