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    Hi! All
    I have a question, which I probably know the answer to but am interested in feedback.  I have some friends who dont own coffee grinders and insist that the home roasted coffee I give them be ground (which really breaks my heart) . The question is: should I wait the normal resting period (I know this depends on the bean and taste preference) after roasting before grinding or just grind when the beans have cooled because they are going to taste crap (relative crap, that is!) anyway? Ive tried both processes but because I wont drink coffee made from beans that have been ground for more than 30 seconds I have no idea if there is a taste difference but hoping someone out there just might or at least give me their theory. My pre-ground coffee drinking friends cant taste any difference but ...
    Thanks
    Jo

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    Re: Ground Coffee

    I have faced this dilema also, this is what "i" believe, if i wait for the optimum consumption time, my theory is that it will stale faster when ground, i could be wrong, i also whack a bit of sticky tape on the inside of the one way valve prior to heat sealing the bag to slow the process down a tad.......but it sort of makes sence ;D, i believe when andy grinds for beanbay, its done before ideal consumption time.......

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    • #3
      Re: Ground Coffee

      Same here as WSully.
      Ive ground for a friends parents the last two Christmases.
      I have some small (100g) valveless bags I heat seal them into.
      (Need to heat seal because the degassing seems to be accelerated by the grinding when very fresh).

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      • #4
        Re: Ground Coffee

        Toughy but I grind if I have to for a couple of plunger users sometimes and I grind at about 3-4 days post roast if possible. Also tend to give them the lot split into two lots both sealed and in bags without vents to help slow staling, keep one in the freezer until opened. Only ground a few lots for espresso but I dont like doing that for known and many reasons.

        And before anyone asks yet to have a bag go BOOM ;D I remember seeing some unvalved inflatable pillows at wicked Sunday last year that looked ready to blow, a few that were going home on planes we pin pricked above the zip line to save the explosion risk

        Part of the theory of plunger grinds is that due to the relatively smaller surface area the beans keep fresher longer. Also as you indicated most coffee drinkers wouldnt notice the difference anyway

        I have fixed 3 of the locals including my Mum by either giving them or sourcing them small grinders

        Anyones thoughts on seeing if Andy could add unvalved bags to Beanbay?

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        • #5
          Re: Ground Coffee

          Thanks for the feedback. I already have some 100grm valveless bags which I use as sample bags when giving beans to people to try different bean varieties but hadnt thought about using them for the ground coffee. Great idea! and thanks again.
          Jo

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          • #6
            Re: Ground Coffee

            Lol. Ive been storing my beans for aging in normal Youll Love Coles branded ziplock bags that I then heat seal. Even if the beans degas, just poke a pinhole by the sides and cover it with sticky tape after squeezing the air out.

            $2.75 for a bag of 50... as opposed to 0.60 per bag for the ones with one way valves.

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