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    Decaf WOW longevity

    I'm contemplating roasting some decaf not for myself, but for the occasional guest who may want it. It doesn't come up often though, so I imagine if I roasted 300g, it could take 3-6 months to be used.

    I keep my coffee in the air-tight Friis containers with 1-way Co2 valves, how long do you think these would remain fresh-ish for? Like it's decaf so let's not be precious about it (!) but would 3 months be about the limit?

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    I also roast the decaf and can take a long while to get through it. I will often do only 200g in the behmor (which isn't ideal, but can be done) and just get rid of it after a month or so. I find the decaf doesn't have the nuances of a single origin so it ages 'better' without the percieved loss of flavour as much.
    If i don't get through 200g in a month, i just roast some more - a 2.5kg bag of Decaf WOW has lasted almost 6 months so far and I am not quite half way. For $30 (give or take) for 12 months of decaf, that's not too bad.

    By 3 months I would think you might as well serve the blend 43! Well maybe not quite....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcade View Post
    I'm contemplating roasting some decaf not for myself, but for the occasional guest who may want it. It doesn't come up often though, so I imagine if I roasted 300g, it could take 3-6 months to be used.

    I keep my coffee in the air-tight Friis containers with 1-way Co2 valves, how long do you think these would remain fresh-ish for? Like it's decaf so let's not be precious about it (!) but would 3 months be about the limit?
    Similar rule applies to any other freshly roasted coffee, at a month it will probably be past its best, at 3 months it will be well past it.

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    However, with how amazingly awesome the flavours are in Andy's Decaf WOW blend, you may be surprised. When I roast it for friends and have a 100-200g left over, my wife and I have no issues drinking the rest. In fact - we wonder why we don't drink it more often! Don't turn up your nose up at these puppies
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    Freeze it after roasting. Will give you a extra month

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    Have you been in Roasted Bean Storage and had a look at http://coffeesnobs.com.au/roasted-be...ted-beans.html yet? If not it would be well worth your while.


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    Freeze em or don't, the subject comes up regularly.

    I'm in the no freeze camp, tried it in my early roasting days, not impressed, I now roast weekly and use one way valve bags.

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    Agree with Yelta, freezing introduces new problems.

    And agree with DBC, as far as Decaf goes its a ripper.

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    Thanks Java, missed that section completely somehow!

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