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    Roast in Parchment (RIP) coffee

    We recently got back from a holiday in Peru. High up in the hills near Machu Pichu we dropped in on an organic coffee farm and watched the farmer's wife do an impressive job of roasting green beans over a wood fire in a cast-iron skillet. A subsequent taste proved interesting so I decided to buy some to take back. I asked for unroasted so I could do it in the Behmor at home. She came back with a bag labelled "crudo" and we paid and left. Get home to discover the bag was not green beans but parchment (unhulled) coffee! Now what to do? Started peeling each bean by hand but soon realised this was going to take forever. In an online search I find a guy basically crushing the hulls off with a piece of 4 by 2 timber. Much work later and a garage full of hulls I finally had some green beans. Roasted them up and am now drinking a beautiful creamy espresso.

    Turns out that some people actually roast the unhulled parchment coffee. The hull stays on and chars but the bean inside still roasts. The whole lot then gets ground and drunk. First question - has anyone ever roasted parchment coffee? Second question - has anyone ever tasted roasted parchment coffee? Third question - could the Behmor have roasted the unhulled beans without catching fire? Your comments appreciated?

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    Fourth question: How'd you get them through customs?!?


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    Oops! Slight oversight!

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    Hope you destroyed the removed parchment!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Fourth question: How'd you get them through customs?
    I'm siding towards that as the most important question too.

    Australian's are NOT allowed to land ANY coffee beans in parchment because insects and insect eggs can get between the parchment and the seed (bean) and happily await for someone to crack the parchment off.

    Being in Melbourne during winter the risk will be lower than if you lived in QLD or northern NSW but still... you run the risk of being the guy that thought cane toads were a good solution and a couple of rabbits wouldn't hurt.

    It's just not worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Fourth question: How'd you get them through customs?!?


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    I suspect the incoming passenger form was completed incorrectly, had the question re vegetable matter been answered truthfully AQIS would have inspected and confiscated the beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I suspect the incoming passenger form was completed incorrectly, had the question re vegetable matter been answered truthfully AQIS would have inspected and confiscated the beans.
    Guys - I genuinely forget to declare the beans and had no idea they were parchment beans in any event.

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    Yes, Australia is still free from most of the devastating coffee pests/diseases worldwide. Clearly this wasn't something you knowingly did illegally, but it does highlight that an individual's actions do matter on a large scale. When I did my AQIS accreditation they had a number of examples, such as people trying to bring in grape rootstock which had blight on them.

    My recommendation - incinerate any remaining beans, to an approximate temperature of 220C

    But seriously, as others suggested destroy the remaining parchment. Regardless of whether they contained parchment, they should have been declared (or simply not brought in un-roasted).

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    Thanks burr - appreciate your comments. I am the first through the red line if I ever have any doubts when returning to Australia. Obviously I should have looked to see what I was bringing in, rather than assuming, and should have remembered they were there. Rest assured, beans are all gone and parchment destroyed. We actually went through the red line on return to show that we had cleaned our hiking boots! Might have looked pretty silly on that TV show because they were filming at the time!

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