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    Hi All,

    This has probably been covered elsewhere, so I apologise if that is so.  I am now accumulating a nice stash of CS single-origin beans and would like to know that I am storing them well.  Can anybody help please with advice about storage of green beans?

    Thank you,

    Carl

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    I keep them in the bags they came in and keep them in a dry, dark place... Although I have a dilemma in storage space... I have quite a stash of greens now (About 20kgs) .. thinking of a Box to hold my bags of greens and storing in a cupboard somewhere... Should be ok to do this I would think.. My understanding is they need to be able to breathe...

    Marc

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    • #3
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      Ive been giving this a lot of thought - I need to keep mine in the garage - it is about the only place we have space - but I dont want them falling victim to the depredations of caffeine crazed rodents or other vermin so I am going to build a coffee chest.

      My timber working skills are of a pretty low grade, but if I take a little care with the project I should be able to turn out a decent box. I figure it will still have breathing room - and I may fit a nice brass vent to the top to make sure. I am going to use Jarrah (it might as well look nice) and Ill post piccies and plans once its done.

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      • #4
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        I will watch this space :-)

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        • #5
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          Some good tips here on green storage

          http://www.sweetmarias.com/greenstorage.html

          It seems one of the best places to store them is in the cotton bags they ship in from CS.

          and from http://www.coffeebeancorral.com/custom.aspx?id=4

          "Green beans will last for around two years without any appreciable loss of flavor. Green coffee beans should be stored in some sort of container that will allow it to breathe and not impart another flavor to the beans: burlap bags, paper bags, etc.; avoid plastic containers. Storing them at room temperature is fine, but I prefer a cool place out of direct light. Ideal is ~70 degrees fahrenheit and ~50% relative humidity."

          Belinda



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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Corretto link=1160091135/0#4 date=1160097401
            Some good tips here on green storage
            "Green beans will last for around two years without any appreciable loss of flavor. Green coffee beans should be stored in some sort of container that will allow it to breathe and not impart another flavor to the beans: burlap bags, paper bags, etc.; avoid plastic containers. Storing them at room temperature is fine, but I prefer a cool place out of direct light. Ideal is ~70 degrees fahrenheit and ~50% relative humidity."

            Belinda
            Yep 10 to 23 deg C at 50% humidity seems to be the go and in cotton or some other natural fibre bags,,,

            One summary I read said that if it is comfortable for people (not too hot, cold or sticky) its also fine for beans... Sheds "out the back" probably get far too hot in summer and too cold in winter - depending where you live

            ****Warning**** the green beans absorb aromas etc from nearby items so dont store your precious beans near anything with an aroma.... including spices, garlic etc in your pantry or fuel and other interesting stuff in a garage. :-[

            Grendel... you would want to make sure that the wood is old and odour free... that eucalyptus flavour and aroma...... MMMM

            Jarrah coffee anyone ?????

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            • #7
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              I have a client who was throwing out a couple of humidors, the bigger ones that sit on counters in pubs, etc and he threw them my way.

              Took out the smaller shelves and the bags stack neatly.

              Excellent, although now I am fast running out of storage so will need to look for some more.

              Being able to regulate the relative humidity adds to the w*nk factor considerably.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by rowdee link=1160091135/0#6 date=1160099099
                I have a client who was throwing out a couple of humidors, the bigger ones that sit on counters in pubs, etc and he threw them my way.

                Took out the smaller shelves and the bags stack neatly.

                Excellent, although now I am fast running out of storage so will need to look for some more.

                Being able to regulate the relative humidity adds to the w*nk factor considerably.
                Do you have any photos of this Rowdee? Sounds interesting

                Belinda

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                  Yep 10 to 23 deg C at 50% humidity seems to be the go and in cotton or some other natural fibre bags,,, Smiley

                  One summary I read said that if it is comfortable for people (not too hot, cold or sticky) its also fine for beans... Sheds "out the back" probably get far too hot in summer and too cold in winter - depending where you live cry

                  ****Warning**** the green beans absorb aromas etc from nearby items so dont store your precious beans near anything with an aroma.... including spices, garlic etc in your pantry or fuel and other interesting stuff in a garage.
                  Wonder how my beans are going to go during the summer heat and humidity up here. Often gets above 30 C and 70% humidity in the room I store the beans!

                  Would the beans absorb the flavours/odours of the beans they sit next too?? :-/

                  Belinda

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                    Re: Storage of Green Beans

                    Originally posted by Corretto link=1160091135/0#8 date=1160099930
                    Wonder how my beans are going to go during the summer heat and humidity up here. Often gets above 30 C and 70% humidity in the room I store the beans!
                    Belinda
                    Well looks like aircon is the go..... Just declare a room in your house the "bean room" and put in an aircon! - I wish

                    Would the beans absorb the flavours/odours of the beans they sit next too??
                    I guess they would to some extent.... but at least that wouldnt be as bad as the flavour/aroma of moth balls placed in the pantry cupboard to keep those little pantry moths at bay

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                    • #11
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                      Your wish is my command, although you did interrupt my coffee. Had to go and unlock the shed, get the camera... anyway, the plan is to get some more and build them up the whole wall.

                      They are worth a few bucks so they dont get thrown out every day, but you never know.

                      Geoff.

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                      • #12
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                        Thanks for the photos Rowdee :-)

                        Looks very interesting. How do they work though?


                        And Java ........

                        Im sure many a CS would face the problem of beans interbreeding then. Itd take up just too much room to store every bag of beans apart from one another :-/


                        Belinda

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                          Belinda,

                          To quote from Wikipedia: "A humidor is any kind of box or room with constant humidity (and often temperature as well) used to store cigars or pipe tobacco. For private use, small wooden or acrylic glass humidor boxes for a few dozen cigars are used, while cigar shops may have walk-in humidors, sometimes covering a whole floor. Humidors of all sizes use hygrometers to keep track of the humidity levels."

                          The hygrometer measures the relative humidity. You can see the dial on the one on the right of the photo. The "sponge", at the bottom is used to regulate the amount of moisture, humidity. I dont worry about it for the coffee, but am interested to see how they go in summer. Melbournes climate though is good for things like wine, cigars.

                          Geoff.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Storage of Green Beans

                            Originally posted by Corretto link=1160091135/0#11 date=1160101208
                            Im sure many a CS would face the problem of beans interbreeding then. Itd take up just too much room to store every bag of beans apart from one another :-/
                            Belinda
                            Belinda,

                            I think the chance of interbreeding to a noticeable extent would be close to zero...

                            Pity... would be great to have lots of little beans running around - and for free too

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                            • #15
                              Re: Storage of Green Beans

                              Thanks Geoff. Yep, it doesnt get too humid in Melbourne, but Brisbania on the other hand :

                              I assume you keep the sponge water logged to increase the humidity there? I on the other hand have the opposite problem ............

                              Would really need a dehumidifier :-?



                              And Java, I didnt really mean interbreeding, wrong word I think ;D although that would definitely be interesting!

                              I was thinking more of transferrence of smells and characteristics of one bean to the next. But I suppose this happens to some degree in a pre blend mix anyway ..

                              Belinda

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