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- 12-15-2013 12:36 AM #1
How do you tell your coffee beans are bad? They are not milk and smell sour!
I'm coffee beginner, yes I sell the stuff but I'm no expert! Opinions matter to me it part of my learning process! If you are full of 411 send it my way!
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- 12-15-2013 03:46 AM #2
What info are you exactly looking for about the "stuff"?"Wine is for aging, not coffee."
Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch
- 12-15-2013 11:39 PM #3
- 12-16-2013 07:22 AM #4
about 4 weeks after the roasting. But actually 2 weeks after the roasting, it will start to lose its integrity and after 4 weeks, it should not be used but if you store them properly, you can prolong the life of the coffee to about 4 months.
- 12-17-2013 06:39 AM #5
- 12-17-2013 06:41 AM #6
namballe: I'm guessing the op is stating its tough to tell when beans have gone bad, as they aren't a commodity like milk that smells sour when bad.
- 12-18-2013 08:55 PM #7
If you are selling coffee beans, one thing to know well is how to determine that the beans you sell is bad. Otherwise, your business is losing if you are selling bad beans. Cheap beans can be one of the signs that the beans are not good. There is a possibility that the source is using poor quality beans that allows higher percentage of moldy beans to be mixed. Some are mixing beans from multiple areas which made it very cheap one also. It is very important to get source from a single estate. Again beans that are molding are not good.
Roasting is also important to determine that the coffee beans is good because it is a decision based on how it last longer and the production is mass scale. Over roasted beans are not a good beans and the appearance are somewhat oily.
- 12-19-2013 05:28 AM #8
Are you selling roasted prepackaged coffee? Whole beans or ground?
You need to know when the coffee was roasted and see how it was packaged in order to estimate the shelf life.
It's obviously much easier to tell if your milk has gone bad by the smell and the taste. Coffee is quite different, and although you can essentially use the coffee when it gets old, the taste won't be the same.
I have a feeling you're looking for answers as to what the coffee beans look like when they're aged to the point where the taste is altered.
I've noticed that when I buy freshly roasted beans, there is a slight oil on some of the beans. As the days go by, the oil gets less and less, and the beans become dryer looking. I never have my coffee beans around for more than a couple of weeks. Maybe one of our members who are roasters could give you a better visual description of what to look for.
If you're selling roasted coffee beans, you need to know the roast date. If someone is trying to pass off their beans to you to re-sell, you're probably going to get a cheap price, but you're going to get old beans.
- 12-21-2013 08:14 AM #9
- 12-21-2013 05:03 PM #10
The best way to ensure good beans is to know the crop/harvest year, how they were transported and stored before you got them, and then most importantly would be to roast and cup a sample. There is no way to know if good-looking beans are going to taste good.
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