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Posted Wed Jun 15, 2011, 8:30am
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I am home roasting and will be buying some larger quantities of green coffee.  I have several used burlap/jute bags from a roaster friend of mine.  I am curious if I can store my green coffee in the used bags.  Will it affect the flavor of the beans, because it just smells like burlap?   Any advice will help, thanks.
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Posted Wed Jun 15, 2011, 9:01am
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Rt66Coffeehouse Said:

I am home roasting and will be buying some larger quantities of green coffee.  I have several used burlap/jute bags from a roaster friend of mine.  I am curious if I can store my green coffee in the used bags.  Will it affect the flavor of the beans, because it just smells like burlap?   Any advice will help, thanks.

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Hi Andrew.

Welcome to the Coffeegeek forums! {;-)

Yes, they've been doing it that way for a very long time lol., & you're good for up to a year with proper storage conditions.., but the green can or could take on a "baggy" odor.

Will you be storing less than a standard 60kg (132 lbs) or 70kg (154 lbs) size? Other options are LARGE poly bags, vacuum sealed oxygen vapor barrier bags & commercially freezer stored at -40C/F. as George Howell's Terroir Coffee does to preserve optimal varietal freshness.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 15, 2011, 9:21am
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Where I used to get my green beans, anything over 5 pounds were shipped in a cotton pullstring bag. I saved all my bags and I use those now as he no longer sells green beans. Sweet marias will sell their cotton bags with 5# or more, but you need to ask them. You can also make them up pretty easy once you find a good breatheable fabric.
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Posted Wed Jun 15, 2011, 5:06pm
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What about if I kept them in its original plastic packing and stored in a fairly dark and cool place. Would that be detrimental to the beans kept for maybe 6 months or so?

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Posted Wed Jun 15, 2011, 5:14pm
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Hi Ron,

In my experience & storing greens in 20 lb poly bags & smaller in a cool dark climate controlled basement, I've not had a problem at all to 6 months & up to 1 year for personal use.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 15, 2011, 7:41pm
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Thanks for the quick reply. Am quite lazy and uncreative to really find out for myself. I am from the Philippines and I have to "stock" on these
when given the chance.
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Posted Thu Sep 8, 2011, 2:56pm
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I have used cheap large white cotton tube socks washed once to insure no odors left from manufacturing process.  They easily hold a pound each (2 lbs per pair),  Any brand 100% cotton should work fine.  If you can get past the thought of it, even old used socks should work if turned inside out and cleaned after the last use. New ones aren't expensive and can be reused for years.
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