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  • My First "Freshly" Roasted Beans?

    I just read the other posted topic “ Freshly roasted beans taste better "in a few days"?
    …and noticed some of the reply’s about trying beans at different post roast date’s and decided to post this.

    I purchased my first lot of “freshly roasted” bean’s last weekend from a boutique roaster, I bought 4 x 250grm sample packs of different bean type’s to try.  When I got home I noticed the pack’s that they gave me had no Roast dates on (are they supposed to have?) there was only a sticker on the back with the date of  “Oct 10” stamped on all 4 packs,… what would that be, an expiry date?
    How I am supposed to play around and try different post roast date’s if there isn’t a Roast date put on .?
    Should there be a "Roasted" and/or a "Use By Date" on these packs?...."STREWTH"...even my supermarket brand Vittoria has a Use by Date :

    Stuart.  

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    Re: My First "Freshly" Roasted Beans?

    Stupormarket use by dates are waste of time and the beans are long since staled. Not all roasters put a roasted on date either.

    Best bet is to ask what the date on the bag is, could be a best before (3-4 weeks post roast?) or unlikely a best after (5-7 days post roast). My commercial supplier uses batch numbers but I trust them not to send me old beans so I have never asked what they are.

    So ask I guess or if they taste good drink them

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      Re: My First "Freshly" Roasted Beans?

      You will have to ask the roaster.

      It sounds like you either have beans that are freshly roasted (Oct 10) or a year old! ;D

      (The use by date for coffee is usually roast date plus 1 year. ;D While they go stale in about 3 weeks, they dont go truly "off" for more than a year! Good luck with supermarket beans that are pre-staled before packing so they dont blow up the packs. :P )

      Greg

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      • #4
        Re: My First "Freshly" Roasted Beans?

        Every packet of roasted beans we have ever sold has a roasted date so you can determine when you like it best. Heck, I can tell you the hour of the day too if you really need to know.
        ;D

        Many others dont for a number of reasons but mostly because they endup with unsold coffee that gets thrown out.

        Useby date is up to 2 years from roast date, its the age that the coffee and/or packaging will break down enough to make a small percentage of the public ill. Its a date set by govt departments and has nothing to do with quality or freshness (as Greg said).

        I would guess your "boutique" coffee was roasted "October 2010", which allows the roaster to sell their coffee all month as roasted this month.

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