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    Guatemalan Huehuetenango by FreshRoastedCoffee LLC

    Hi everyone,

    I have no problem mentioning again that I'm new to learning how to taste and judge coffee so please keep that in mind as you read my reviews. I'm having a lot of fun!!

    This single origin was purchased online from the above mentioned company. There are a few things that make me suspect that these coffee beans may be a bit past that coveted "freshness" barrier, however given that I'm a novice please advise me if I'm wrong. I'm totally open to all opinions.

    I've read that when cupping there can be a fine cell foam that forms if the beans are fresh, not a lot of that. Also when grinding the bean I got a little burned sugary smell. I couldn't taste any burnt taste.

    Even with that I was still able to pick up a little cocoa the coffee is very mild upon tasting and woody which stood out. The body was still very light which to me was pleasant, very smooth with a very clean finish.

    Overall it was not all bad and totally drinkable.

    There you have it. Please comment and advise below. Thanks.
    Last edited by LoveCoffeeLife; 03-20-2017 at 10:07 AM.
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    I think you're overthinking this a bit... from your other thread the beans only list a 'good through date'... I would call the roaster and see if they can give you a explanation of their dating process. I read you placed it in a second bag.. I would think you would ONLY see dramatic 'ballooning' of your bag if it was super fresh - I.E. - received within a few days of roast. Most degassing occurs a few days after roast... if properly packaged with a one way valve you may not see anything. My goal as a roaster is to have it in your hands within a week of roast... seek out a local or regional roaster that packages with a roast date. The key - who did it taste? Did you like it?

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    I am glad that you are having fun learning about coffee.
    by the way, in order to tell whether coffee is good or not, one of the most important thing is how it was roasted.
    it can not be under or over roasted.
    in order to taste the full flavor, it has to be roasted light/Mid roast.

    can you attach some of the close up photos of the beans?
    then, I can tell you about the roast, defective beans...etc.

    thank and keep on learning.

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    I have no idea if this will be helpful or not... but here is a recent picture of a coffee cupping.

    Guatemalan Huehuetenango by FreshRoastedCoffee LLC-img_3102.jpg

    And FYI... that company uses Loring's.. beans will typically lighter in color than a traditional drum roaster (at the same roast development).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musicphan View Post
    I think you're overthinking this a bit... from your other thread the beans only list a 'good through date'... I would call the roaster and see if they can give you a explanation of their dating process. I read you placed it in a second bag.. I would think you would ONLY see dramatic 'ballooning' of your bag if it was super fresh - I.E. - received within a few days of roast. Most degassing occurs a few days after roast... if properly packaged with a one way valve you may not see anything. My goal as a roaster is to have it in your hands within a week of roast... seek out a local or regional roaster that packages with a roast date. The key - who did it taste? Did you like it?
    Lol yeah maybe I am. The company says they roast to order so once you order then they roast and send or to you. I placed my order on the 3/15 and for the shipment on 3/17. So it should be really fresh under those conditions am I right? As far as how it tasted it was very mild but I have to admit that it was not remarkable. I've purchased this kind fresh and locally many times before and this one wasn't even close. Oh and thanks for the photos that's how my cup looked kinda. Very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensoluna View Post
    I am glad that you are having fun learning about coffee.
    by the way, in order to tell whether coffee is good or not, one of the most important thing is how it was roasted.
    it can not be under or over roasted.
    in order to taste the full flavor, it has to be roasted light/Mid roast.

    can you attach some of the close up photos of the beans?
    then, I can tell you about the roast, defective beans...etc.

    thank and keep on learning.
    Ensoluna, Its loads of fun even if they don't t all taste good. Lol I couldn't really get a good light. Its too dark inside then it get washed out outside. These are the best I could do.Guatemalan Huehuetenango by FreshRoastedCoffee LLC-img_20170321_093736.jpg Guatemalan Huehuetenango by FreshRoastedCoffee LLC-img_20170321_094640.jpg Guatemalan Huehuetenango by FreshRoastedCoffee LLC-img_20170321_104334.jpg
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    it looks like the majority was roasted okay, but I find some very dark beans.
    those dark beans will change the flavors drastically.
    anyway, like you said, the lighting is not so good and tough to tell.
    but it would not matter... just keep trying, tasting and evaluating.... that is how you will learn more and more.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensoluna View Post
    it looks like the majority was roasted okay, but I find some very dark beans.
    those dark beans will change the flavors drastically.
    anyway, like you said, the lighting is not so good and tough to tell.
    but it would not matter... just keep trying, tasting and evaluating.... that is how you will learn more and more.
    thanks
    Thanks for your insights. I'll try to grab better pics later in the day. I'll definitely keep trying. Thanks the fun part.
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    As an update on the "roasted on date" they company uses the Julian Calendar system so the "074" is my roasted date. That is indeed 3/15/2017
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musicphan View Post
    I think you're overthinking this a bit... Did you like it?
    Thanks, this put me back on track as I may of went down that rabbit whole a bit to far myself on obsessing about freshness when I should rely on my taste buds. Maybe a guy should go buy some store bought coffee every once in while so you know what bad coffee is.

    I just bought some beans from a forum member here and he roasted them on Monday or Tuesday and I had it Thursday night. For the first couple three days I admit I didn't care for the taste but now that it's a week off roast it taste a lot better to me. I can really taste the fruitiness, all most like a dehydrated strawberry that finishes with a brown sugar with out the sweetness, while it finishes a bit dry it is very taste cup. This is the first time I've had beans that changed so much in the first few days.

    I do have a question that I can't seem to find a definite answer searching for on older green beans vs fresher green beans. After roasting, will the fresh green beans off gas more than the older green beans with all other factors the same, same bean, same roasting profile etc...?

 

 
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