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.
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:
And here are some real-life pictures of what it looks like inside.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.