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    Vacuum Packaging for green coffee

    What do you think of Vacuum Packaging for green coffee?

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    It's great.

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    I would discourage vacuum packing. Here's why:

    Reconsidering Packaging | The Coffee Shrub

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    But... They're only saying they don't like it for some origins, like Indonesians. They also says this here http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/glossary/term/720;

    Vacuum Packaging Sealing coffee in an air-tight container, with the air removed via vacuum. Green coffee and roasted coffee can both be vacuum packed to extend shelf life. Sweet Maria's is a big fan of vacuum-packing, even though we do not ship you your coffee in vac packs. We use it extensively, in a behind-the-scenes sort of way. We both receive many of our coffees from origin in vacuum pack (as well as GrainPro bags) and we switch lots into vacuum pack to offer at a later date. It is not a cure-all, and does not allow coffee to be stored indefinitely. But we feel it adds at least 6 months of shelf life to green coffee, when it is an approprately "rested" lot (i.e. has low water activity measurement) and is kept in a cool, dark place.
    Works great for what I use it for.
    Last edited by peterjschmidt; 01-07-2015 at 12:22 AM.

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    IMHO, I receive green coffees in jute, vacuum sealed, and GrainPro bags. I see very little difference between vacuum sealing and GrainPro packaging.
    I may give GrainPro a little advantage, because, sometimes the sealed coffee breaks in transit in the boxes shipped.(happened twice to me),
    the bags were not broken open(no spillage), but seals were broken. It was no problem because I transferred that coffee into GrainPro bags.
    As a small shop roaster, some coffees will be around for 6 months. Therefore if it is received in jute/burlap, I will transfer that coffee into the GrainPro,
    back into the jute. Years ago I spoke to the owner of GrainPro in Concord, MA. He told me straight up, "We cannot make bad green coffee good,
    but we can preserve good coffee for 1 year." Maintaining it's moisture. I think the question to ask though, is how is it stored upon reception?
    Green Coffee Storage Issues Good article on storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bereka View Post
    What do you think of Vacuum Packaging for green coffee?
    hi. 1 to 10 scale, 10 being the best.
    Jute : about 8. most of commercial grade green coffees are sold in jute bag.
    GrainPro : about 9. most of specialty coffee is sold in this type of bag. about $2 to $4 per one bag
    Vacuum : 10. in our case, very high grade specialty coffee (such has Geisha / yellow or red bourbon / mundo novo) & auction coffee are being sold in Vacuum bag. But in smaller sizes, not 69kgs.
    thanks
    alex

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    Yes Grain-Pro is the usual methods of packing for specialty Green Coffee in Ethiopia
    and Vacuum packing service is something new
    Last edited by Bereka; 01-09-2015 at 03:14 PM.

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    It's great

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    Anyone agree with this cliam " Grainpro plastic will affect the test of the coffee" is it better to use only bags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterjschmidt View Post
    But... They're only saying they don't like it for some origins, like Indonesians. They also says this here http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/glossary/term/720;



    Works great for what I use it for.
    What are the specs on the vacuum you use Peter? Is 5 or 10 Pa sufficient in your opinion?

 

 
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