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  • Beans look "wet". Results not pleasing.

    I got a batch of beans from one of my usual roasters a couple of weeks ago and on opening them they appeared to be "wet". Is this normal? I have not been happy with this batch and the wife doesnt like the flavour - sort of a bit bitter. Got another batch yesterday from another local supplier and these beans are "dry" and the coffee is back to its usual tasty self.

    Is the wet look to be avoided?

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    Re: Beans look "wet". Results not pleasing.

    The wet look is the oil from the coffee bean. This usually indicates a dark roast about CS 10-11-12. When you roast about CS 8-9 or lighter (I normally roast to CS 9-11) the beans usually dont develop much oil. The oil can also come out when the beans have aged so check the date they were roasted.

    The CS numbers relate to the colours on the Membership Card you can get throught Beanbay.

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    • #3
      Re: Beans look "wet". Results not pleasing.

      Ive had these beans before and they were dry so I auume the roaster has left them in a bit longer or they are stale?

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      • #4
        Re: Beans look "wet". Results not pleasing.

        yeh...coffee oil, well into 2nd crack. The roaster has left them in a bit longer and come up with probably something like a vienna roast. If they are professinoal roasters it should be consistant to what you expect and should not vary too greatly especially if they usually roast them without oil showing. Unless they specified that this particular batch iss a dark roast...some people like that bitter, smokey taste. Not for espresso though.

        With a saturated oily roast you will most likely taste more of the roast than the bean.

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        • #5
          Re: Beans look "wet". Results not pleasing.

          Hi Whitey,
          I have a slightly different take on your problem.
          I call these greasy beans and in my experience the greasy look & feel is the result of them having sweated in the bag between roasting and arrival at my place. I put this down to the beans being exposed to heat either in transit or in their point of sale (local cafe etc) You and I live in a very hot neck of the woods and anything sent by any sort of shipping is going to be exposed to heat in transit to North Qld.
          I have noted that beans stored on the wall in those plastic canisters at my favourite local cafe look greasy after a few days.
          I buy my beans from Beanbay and rarely have a problem as they are really fresh and they get to me very quickly. As soon as I get my beans they go into the fridge and thats where they stay. If I was to put them in the cupboard, they would be greasy within days.

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          • #6
            Re: Beans look "wet". Results not pleasing.

            Could be old beans also.

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            • #7
              Re: Beans look "wet". Results not pleasing.

              I got these from Bounce in Townsville. The roaster is usually around when I pick them up but this time he left them with someone else as he was away at that time. Ill take them back and get his opinion.

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