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    green storage...rodents?

    I have read the threads on storage of green beans, and the consensus seemed to be that the burlap bags in which the beans are shipped are the best containers in which to store them. I have a clean dry basement, in which to store the beans. They will be at a year round temp of around 65 F and 30-40 % humidity. I don't expect to keep beans for too long, but I am considering purchasing more bags for my first shipment in order to reduce the cost per bag. How are you storing your greens? Are mice an issue? We do get a few field mice in the basement in the winter, but we manage them. Anyone have experience with this?

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    Freeman

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    Mice don't like coffee beans.

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    Apparently the mice in my area were not informed about this fact.
    They were happily consuming my green stock until I discovered their activities.

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    Wow NorthSouth...I have never seen a mouse or rat eat green coffee. When I roasted for a steakhouse in Tampa we stored our coffee in a warehouse next to a cooler where the cheese was stored. Rats were always around the door of the cheese lock up..never bothered the coffee.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    Maybe they were taking the green coffee beans and putting them in their nests for insulation.

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    Well, we'll see! Most of the little varmints are dried up carcasses now, due to our eradication efforts, but I don't relish the thought of a hyper--active rodent gnawing through my good beans and then dying of a caffeine induced heart attack. Bad for business.

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    I keep my beans in the burlap bags they are shipped in but I store those in the 40gal Brute trash cans. I haven't had a rodent problem but figured the added protection was worth the initial cost.

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    I have yet to have any trouble with mice. The 40gal. storage suggestion is very wise. Surely preventive. I would suppose the rodents would have an interest
    in the jute or burlap though for nesting. They got into my old "82" Suburban diesel, I used to plug in the block heater at night, believe it or not they got inside
    the hood of the vehicle(I mean the hood itself!), chewed out the insulation and nested on a warm engine block!

    green storage...rodents?-yosemite_sam_by_chaosengine77.jpg Take that you varmints!

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    speaking of rodents, i'm in a city with lots of rats, but no prob with getting into my coffee beans. guess they don't fancy them.
    Cafe Mistico
    Lima, Peru "small artisan roaster"

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    And then . . . if you're still leery of rodents you can always get a cat
    Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been -- Jimmy Buffett (via Mark Twain)

 

 

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