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Posted Mon Aug 22, 2011, 8:43pm
Subject: Storing Bulk Coffee at Outdoor Festival
 

Late last week I was asked (begged) if I would mind selling my coffee both by the cup and by whole bean at a community music festival on Sept. 3rd that runs from 11 am - 11:30 pm.  This is the first time I've ever done this and I cannot pass up the opportunity.  Yet, with the short notice and being the first time doing something like this, it is becoming a logistics nightmare.  Normal attendance for this festival is over 1,000 people.  

As my title implies, one of these logistic nightmares is trying to find the best way to store the coffee (without spending hundreds of dollars).  I don't want to use mason jars or my coffee bags because of waste and convenience factors.  I plan to probably roast a bulk supply of several coffees on 8/30 or 9/1 using my RK Drum roaster.  From this coffee I will be mainly drip brewing into airpots, along with some weighing/bagging to order (with what I can spare though; will mostly be doing custom order).  So with this in mind, I've been trying to consider the best options for storage that will not impart off flavors (certain plastics or metals) or subject the coffee to heat, light, oxygen, or moisture.  Of these, the heat, light, and moisture I believe I can easily avoid.  Therefore, the off flavors and oxygen I foresee as my greatest concerns.  For instance, I'm afraid that the coffee might take on an off flavor if I store it in buckets, tupperware, or large plastic bags.  Any advice for this dilemma or any others you foresee would be extremely appreciated.


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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011, 10:15am
Subject: Re: Storing Bulk Coffee at Outdoor Festival
 

Aren't the hoppers of most grinders made of plastic?  I wouldn't think that a large food-grade plastic bucket would impart noticeable off flavors, but if your concerned about it you could use the large half-gallon glass canning jars.  Those are what I use for storing my greens and they're pretty durable.  I don't really think that plastic would be a problem, though.

How many pounds of roasted coffee are you planning on taking?

p.s. congrats, good luck, and have fun at the festival.

 
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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011, 2:03pm
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Duh...didn't really think about the plastic hopper.  If I find a food grade plastic bucket...that might work.  I'm planning to be on the safe side with 40 lbs roasted & then start to taking orders for bagged coffee if I run low.  The roasted amount is being kept low,since obviously I don't want to waste a bunch of coffee (however, a friend of mine has an old fashion general store & is willing to sell any extra)

Also found out that I will be setting up next to the beer stand, so I guess I will be the cure for the hangovers. :)
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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011, 2:22pm
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I wouldn't get too uptight about storage.  If it is a community music festival like any other community has, about half if not more of the people will be under the influence of either alcohol or other drugs and couldn't care less about how the coffee was stored/prepared.  99.5% of the remainder probably think that either Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks is the best around and anything you do won't impress them.  

The last remaining will be true coffee aficionados (again about 0.5% of the crowd).  Now if you want to kill yourself and pull all your hair out just for them then you will be spending $$$ on special storage equipment.

I'm not trying to be a jerk, just being realistic here.  

FYI:  Just serve your coffee quick and provide plenty of milk, cream, and sugar, and keep the place clean and everyone will love 'ya.  Not doing that and people will bitch; crowds don't care about anything else.

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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2011, 8:20am
Subject: Re: Storing Bulk Coffee at Outdoor Festival
 

The roasters I go to, use food safe plastic buckets. For the short time you will be there, I don't think you will notice any issues with storage, with nearly any method as long as it is food safe.

 
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