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solafive
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Posted Tue Apr 2, 2013, 3:04pm
Subject: Coffee Bean Shelf Life?
 

I bought some coffee beans from Indonesia last July and I've stored these away in the closet. Do these beans go bad at all? Or are they still good to use?
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Posted Tue Apr 2, 2013, 3:32pm
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Store in a closet since last July.... how, original bag, jars etc? Yeh I would just throw them out lol. Either way, their long since stale. Only way to preserve roasted beans is doing something like broken down into air tight mason jars as soon as you get them, and stick them in the freezer, even then maybe a few months. Anything longer your going to need a deep freeze chest and not sure how good that would still work close to a year out.

Roasted beans generally go stale within about two weeks drastically dropping off from that point. I'm guessing your not talking about green unroasted beans....
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Posted Tue Apr 2, 2013, 3:47pm
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Assuming they were freshly roasted to begin with, your only hope for beans stored at room temperature for 8 months is if they were packed in nitrogen or CO2, preferably under pressure.

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Posted Tue Apr 2, 2013, 3:49pm
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oh boy... hahaha oh well. Thank you for your expertise!
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Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013, 6:13am
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If they are green, fine roast them and enjoy.....if they are already roasted, throw them in the bin.
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Posted Wed May 8, 2013, 9:55pm
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Great chart
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Posted Thu May 9, 2013, 6:49am
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greenbeanmachine Said:

Great chart

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I would use it with a few pounds of salt.

FOR ME, unless freshly frozen in low O2 bags, sealed right after roasting, about 30 days is pretty much the limit for dark storage of beans. After that, even for methods as Aeropress, which I find very forgiving, the coffee is vastly lower in quality of brew, to the point of not drinkable for me. Espresso is about half that. YMMV!

 
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Posted Thu May 9, 2013, 6:54am
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What do you usually drink?

If it is folgers or yuban, make a pot and try it. In fact, make a pot anyway.

If you drink store bought usually, it might be a bit better. If you don't taste it so you know what happens when you store beans like that.

It's better to taste it with your own palate than listen to us. While the rule of 15s is good, it's not necessarily gospel for a more casual drinker.

Are the odds that it is too old? oh very much 100%

Are the odds that it might still be better than store bought - maybe, I'm not well enough into math to figure it out.

Are the odds that you can learn from this and do better next time - Absolutely

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Posted Thu May 9, 2013, 8:39am
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cerridwyn Said:

What do you usually drink?

If it is folgers or yuban, make a pot and try it. In fact, make a pot anyway.

If you drink store bought usually, it might be a bit better. If you don't taste it so you know what happens when you store beans like that.

It's better to taste it with your own palate than listen to us. While the rule of 15s is good, it's not necessarily gospel for a more casual drinker.

Are the odds that it is too old? oh very much 100%

Are the odds that it might still be better than store bought - maybe, I'm not well enough into math to figure it out.

Are the odds that you can learn from this and do better next time - Absolutely

Good luck

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+1 I think this is an excellent line of reasoning and excellent advice!

 
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