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Chanty
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 3:18pm
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Well, I just went ahead & ordered the Redline.  It was only $13.25 for a pound + $5.25 for usps shipping.  At least if I don't like it or it doesn't work well with my eqpt., $18 (rounded off) won't be as bad.
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Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013, 6:35am
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It was a gift from a friend, but I enjoyed HAYES VALLEY ESPRESSO. Another one I tried was the espresso from Counter
Culture Coffee. It may not be updated this year, but it still works for me. Not to forget sweet maria's liquid amber.

 
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Chanty
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Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013, 11:02am
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No one replied, sniff-sniff(crying), so I went ahead  & ordered the Redline from Metropolis.  I really enjoyed it.  Had a very solid flavor that punched through my steamed milk.  Plus the price at $13.25 a lb. was very comparable to the local place (I can no longer get my blend at) for $12.00.  I really don't want to freeze, so please no lectures on that.  I would like to order 2 lbs. at one time as it will be $25 & the shipping remains the same as for 1 lb.($5.25).  
Here's my question. (Geez I hope someone knows what I am trying to say here).
I normally go through a 1 lb. bag of beans in about 10 or 11 days.  If I order 2 lbs. at one time, would the 2nd lb. bag go stale if I don't open it until about 11 or 12 days after receiving it?  One I open the SEALED bag after 11 or 12 days of sitting in my dark cupboard, it will/should last another 10-11 days, so all together about 22 days. ( I know, this sounds like a dreaded 'word problem' I had in school).  Thanks.
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Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013, 12:05pm
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You will not like my answer. You can try it and see if it works for you.....  but I doubt you will get a month out of it and I would freeze it.

 
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Chanty
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Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013, 12:17pm
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Ordered a pound from Barrington.  They are a tad tastier (in my estimation), but pricier.  The freezing seems touch & go.  Some say it works great.  When I followed it like I was told by a roaster (put the SEALED coffee bag in a freezer bag)--it did not work.  I don't know if it was the excess moisture in the beans, but I ended up wasting the whole pound.  Could not find any grind that would work.  Kept shooting out like hot water, no matter how fine I put the grind.  I've used this particular roast many, many times, so I know I pulled (95% of the time) wonderful shots....when not used thawed out beans.   It may be our old, old refrigerator.
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Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013, 8:07pm
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I use small vacuum bags and a chest type freezer that doesn't defrost.

 
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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013, 10:43am
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Chanty Said:

No one replied, sniff-sniff(crying), so I went ahead  & ordered the Redline from Metropolis.  I really enjoyed it.  Had a very solid flavor that punched through my steamed milk.  Plus the price at $13.25 a lb. was very comparable to the local place (I can no longer get my blend at) for $12.00.  I really don't want to freeze, so please no lectures on that.  I would like to order 2 lbs. at one time as it will be $25 & the shipping remains the same as for 1 lb.($5.25).  
Here's my question. (Geez I hope someone knows what I am trying to say here).
I normally go through a 1 lb. bag of beans in about 10 or 11 days.  If I order 2 lbs. at one time, would the 2nd lb. bag go stale if I don't open it until about 11 or 12 days after receiving it?  One I open the SEALED bag after 11 or 12 days of sitting in my dark cupboard, it will/should last another 10-11 days, so all together about 22 days. ( I know, this sounds like a dreaded 'word problem' I had in school).  Thanks.

Posted March 13, 2013 link

If you are mainly making milk drinks, I don't think you are going to get a huge drop off at 3 weeks. You tend to lose distinct tasting notes after a week or so, but if you use proper storage like keeping it in the bag you should be fine for nearly a month. You will need to grind a little coarser and up your dose as the weeks drag on, but it's not suddenly going to be awful.

 
Less water, more grounds.
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Chanty
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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013, 10:57am
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Thanks.  I ONLY make Cappuccinos, but anyone who tastes mine say, "Too strong".  I like the punch of flavor that pops through my steamed milk/froth.  I laugh at my family & friends when they have a cappuccino or heaven forbid--a latte.  They keep adding steamed milk.  I ask, "When are you gonna add the cereal?"   Yet, I never ever like straight black coffee or espresso.  I like what the steamed milk & froth do to it.  Yet I like more of the espresso flavor than milk.
As my beans get older, I have to make the grind FINER, not coarser.
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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013, 1:07pm
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Try going coarser and increasing the dose. But yeah if you can finish it within three weeks I think you will be fine imho. How much milk do you use?

 
Less water, more grounds.
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Chanty
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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013, 2:01pm
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I do 2 oz. of espresso with about 6-7 oz. of steamed milk.  Then I add some micro foam on top.
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