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    Question What to do with beans that are a bit stale?

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    Hi,

    Long time CS'er, first time poster. So, hello everyone!

    Over the last couple of years or so, I have been making a 2-3 cups of coffee daily using fairly fresh beans (roasted a week to fortnight ago) that I source from one of two/three local roasters/cafes. But over this long Easter weekend, I have somehow ended up with a kilo of not very fresh beans (how I ended up with them is a long story and I won't bore you guys with it). I made a couple of shots today morning, and they tasted horrible, even though I managed to get pretty decent shots. I believe the main reason is that the beans are pretty stale - my gut feel is they were roasted at least a few months ago and bought from a supermarket.

    I was tempted to just chuck them into the bin. But before I do that, I thought I might ask you guys if there is some way to still get decent tasting coffee from these beans. If there is, please let me know. I'd prefer to try everything I can before wasting the beans.

    Thanks for reading, and hopefully there is an answer.

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    My wife makes dark choc brownies and cupcakes with espresso coffees to give a superb rich cake that isn't too sweet. The local pub uses them for currency, not just for drinks for us, but trading among themselves for shifts and favours. (as in, I'll give you some brownies and do your Tuesday if you work Friday for me )

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    What to do with beans that are a bit stale?

    I use old beans as garden fertiliser rather than wasting them. The plants don't seem to discriminate between fresh, stale or even my own roasted beans that didn't quite turn out.

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    Yeh, garden fertiliser. Tried them as a possum deterrent, which was a profoundly uninformed and unsuccessful venture. Also thought of mixing them in with choc chip ice cream to see which of my friends have a good dentist.

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    I was just earlier reading the following which might come in handy for any budding cooks/bakers. I know it is a couple of steps further than just beans.

    Homemade Instant Espresso Powder for use in cooking.
    "Instant espresso powder, though it doesn't make the greatest cup of joe, is a delicious addition to baked goods and sweets of all kinds. Espresso is a natural partner with rich flavors like chocolate, nuts, and caramel, and boosts flavor in cookies, pies, tarts, cakes, dessert sauces, and more.

    Espresso powder is made by grinding the beans, brewing the espresso, and then taking the already-brewed grounds and drying them. These dried ground are then crushed further into a very fine powder. You can make your own instant espresso powder by drying and grinding the grounds yourself, or you can buy one of many commercial brands."
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    You could keep them for burr seasoning i guess!

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    If your not enjoying the coffee they're producing Koti bin em.

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    If you are handy in the kitchen, you could also try using them to make a coffee ice cream or gelato, otherwise into a bokashi bucket with other kitchen waste for fertiliser & compost for the garden.

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    As they say about wine, if it's not good enough to drink it's not good enough to cook with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by resonatorman View Post
    If you are handy in the kitchen, you could also try using them to make a coffee ice cream or gelato, otherwise into a bokashi bucket with other kitchen waste for fertiliser & compost for the garden.
    Ditto the Bokashi bucket. Bokashi is a GREAT system, all pucks go into mine and then the compost/garden. Please, never bin pucks or beans, always compost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Yeh, garden fertiliser. Tried them as a possum deterrent, which was a profoundly uninformed and unsuccessful venture. Also thought of mixing them in with choc chip ice cream to see which of my friends have a good dentist.
    There's nothing quite like caffeinated, hyper-active possums ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    There's nothing quite like caffeinated, hyper-active possums ;-)
    Oh...they didn't eat them....just didn't deter them from chomping on my coriander and oregano plants.

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    Could try some as cold press, but not sure that it would be any good. Can't hurt trying though, well not much anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    Could try some as cold press, but not sure that it would be any good. Can't hurt trying though, well not much anyway
    Stale beans are stale beans...period. And... a cold press brew would probably make any and all defects MORE obvious.
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    I find stale beans to not be defective, but rather, merely lacking almost everything that makes a coffee good other than caffeine and a vague coffee flavour.

    i had severe caffeine intoxication from making cold brew, drinking some thinking it wasn't that strong, and then realising how much caffeine potentially went into that cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    As they say about wine, if it's not good enough to drink it's not good enough to cook with.
    My thoughts exactly.
    I haven't yet tried but if I was going to make gelato, sweets, Tiramisu ect, I would definitely be putting good fresh coffee that is good enough to drink.



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