Balthazar_B wrote:The happy medium is to break down that 5 lbs into 8 oz Ball jars and freeze them. It'll require about 14 of them, and they store very efficiently in a freezer. That's what many of us here do, and it's a good, solid solution.
I'm curious how on earth you get 5# into only 14 8oz jars? I've been buying 5# bags and breaking them down into 16oz jars for years and it takes 11 of them. The 16oz jars hold about 200g, and the 8oz jars hold about 100g beans. There are almost 2300g of beans in a 5# bag.
Anyhow, I agree that breaking the bag down into Ball canning jars, which you then freeze, works very well. When I do it, I hold the lid down with a finger and then smack the side of the jar over and over to settle the beans so I can eliminate as much of the dead space as possible, and then add more until that no longer works. It's a little painstaking, but it allows me to get probably a full extra shot in there after the jar is seemingly full. I used to place the bands on loosely to allow degassing overnight drive out all of the retained air from filling the jars, but I've found that doesn't make a difference, so now, once they're really full, I crank down the bands and stick the jars in the freezer. At the end of your coffee day, check the amount of beans left in the jar you're using and take one out of the freezer, if needed, so it can thaw overnight.
You should figure out your consumption pattern to decide which size jars are right for you. I typically pull 3-4 19g shots in a day, so the 16oz jars give me about 3 days worth.