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Thread: How to know when your coffee beans are dry?

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    How to know when your coffee beans are dry?

    So thankfully, with the help of some members on here, I've gotten to the stage of drying my beans. They've been outside in sunny conditions for a little over a week now. I've read in many places that you must get down to a certain moisture content level before you store and then roast your beans. Nowhere that I've seen does it mention HOW you check for this moisture content. All I know is that the parchment comes off easily, and so does the silver skin. The beans aren't soft or chewy, very hard in fact, but too hard to crunch with your teeth (didn't want to break any) and they are the blue-green that, from what I've seen, they are meant to be. Does it sound like my beans are ready for storage? How can I know for sure? Also, is storing before roasting necessary?

    Thanks for helping a coffee newbie out.

    Kind regards,

    PeacefulJim.

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    Sounds like they are good to go. I normally dry for about 2 weeks depending on conditions. Without a method of checking moisture content I do the bite test. I usually rest (in the hull) for quite a while (months), before hulling, and only hull just before roasting. Not sure how necessary that is, but read somewhere once it needs some time.

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    Thanks, Graham. I've decided to store the beans in an air-tight glass jar. Now I just need to know how long to store them before I can roast!

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    I use Cotton Bags (Old CS ones from Andy). I wouldn't stress too much about the time to rest, I read an article once about processing coffee at home, and it said 2 weeks to allow the moisture to distribute evenly. Not sure how up to date or accurate that was.

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    Thanks again! I'll try the 2 weeks. If that fails, there's always the next batch!

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