I'm not as dedicated as forty_caliber but I do enjoy good coffee. Mine turns out good enough for us, so it works. I buy roasted beans every couple of months, keeping the unopened bags in our basement (never gets above 69 down there) and grind enough for about a week with a burr grinder. I store the ground coffee room-temp in a container similar to this one:
Although nothing beats the taste of coffee brewed right after you take the top off the grinder (probably has something to do with the aroma wafting up) I really don't notice a big difference in flavor when I get to the bottom of the jar.
I've thought of trying to roast my own beans using a hot air corn popper Really! Anyone ever try this method? CoffeeGeek - Roasting coffee with a popcorn popper
.) I have an old corn popper I've been debating using like this instead of putting in the garage sale but I can't find green beans in small enough batches. Would hate to get stuck with 24 out of 25 pounds...
If you want to play with your food MrsLMB I say get a grinder and do your beans fresh daily. A serviceable grinder can be had for about $60 (free if you know how to play the credit card bonus game and store discount game
) while a top of the line one can go for four figures - not counting the right side of the decimal point.