Anyway, I have a dorm fridge inside it. It's the smaller size (1.7 cubic feet?), but it's still enormous for what I use it for: a pint of cream, a bottle of cold brew, and a bag of beans in the tiny freezer (for when I run out of fresh beans). I've looked into one of the micro fridges, but they generally only refrigerate to 30F below ambient temperature which is insufficient in the summer. They also seem to be unreliable. I've also looked into specialty compressor-driven items that look like coolers (for hunters and OTR truckers, mostly), but they are very costly, and besides, I own the dorm fridge already, and have no other uses for it.
So, I was wondering if I took my unopened bags of coffee, and did the following:
- Enclosed them in mason jars, used a vacuum sealer to close up the jar with a gentle vacuum (I have a gauge on my pump so can actually avoid taking it to a strong vacuum, which I know isn't good for coffee)
- Kept it in the fridge until I was ready to open it
- Let the coffee come up to room temp before opening, to avoid humidity condensing on the beans
- Keep the current bag of coffee at room temp (to be consumed in 1-2 weeks)
The fridge is clean and non-stinky, and not used for much, so I don't think smell absorption would be an issue. My thought is that the fridge would be pitch dark inside so the coffee would be stored away from light, and obviously also heat, the jar and the coffee bag would protect from condensation and O2. It would also be a more efficient space usage, since my shed has room for my workspace and a small cafe table and two chairs.
Thoughts? Problem-solving ideas?