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    hi i just bought a 500 gram bag of fresh roasted coffee from a local non sponsor coffee roasting establishment, half way down the bag i discovered a small pebble / rock in my beans, thankfully before i attempted to grind it, is this a common thing as i haven't seen it before. when i returned to the vendor with my discovery he claims it was an international rock an that its very common to find them in the beans, is this true?

  • #2
    Well at least it was "an international rock" cuz those darned domestic ones are doozies!

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    • #3
      Yep found one in my harrar lonberry the other day. Porlex came to a grinding halt, not much you can do about it as every now and then one will slip through.

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      • #4
        Did the bean come from the Hard Rock Cafe?

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        • #5
          There is a picture somewhere on the forum of the foreign objects Andy has collected from roasting beans.
          It happens occasionally, and they try and catch them before they go out, but sometimes they still slip through.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by andrew7777 View Post
            ...... not much you can do about it as every now and then one will slip through.....
            Hello all.

            This topic has been done before and recently, so a search in CS should be helpful.

            In a nutshell however, I think the secret to the reply is in the question, which stated the coffee came from a "pro roaster" (my words, none the less that's what it is).

            So I am afraid that to find a foreign material in the beans is NOT acceptable at all. I have said many times, anyone that wants to be a "pro roaster" needs to have a destoner. The destoner is adjustable.....and contrary to the quote here, it is unusual to find foreign material in beans purchased from pro roasters that are properly set up. In a home roasting set up, it will be a different story and I understand that......

            ....and that is the fact of the matter as I see it.

            Therefore going only on the face value of what you say you have been told, I am afraid you have been spun a porkie (the specific element of truth lies in that foreign objects CAN be found in GREEN beans, but they should not be in roasted beans after processing for sale).

            Hope that helps.
            Attilio
            very first CS site sponsor.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Fresh_Coffee View Post
              Hello all.

              This topic has been done before and recently, so a search in CS should be helpful.

              In a nutshell however, I think the secret to the reply is in the question, which stated the coffee came from a "pro roaster" (my words, none the less that's what it is).

              So I am afraid that to find a foreign material in the beans is NOT acceptable at all. I have said many times, anyone that wants to be a "pro roaster" needs to have a destoner. The destoner is adjustable.....and contrary to the quote here, it is unusual to find foreign material in beans purchased from pro roasters that are properly set up. In a home roasting set up, it will be a different story and I understand that......

              ....and that is the fact of the matter as I see it.

              Therefore going only on the face value of what you say you have been told, I am afraid you have been spun a porkie (the specific element of truth lies in that foreign objects CAN be found in GREEN beans, but they should not be in roasted beans after processing for sale).

              Hope that helps.
              Attilio
              very first CS site sponsor.
              those were my thoughts exactly it didn't help that me made me feel like an idiot, but i guess that's their way of making you back away without a fight!

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              • #8
                If anyone has seen the Nat'n Geo' documentary on the Illy coffes factory, they will have seen the equipment the use to visually inspect EVERY SINGLE BEAN they process.
                ..and you know how much coffee Illy process !.
                and personally i have seen similar equipment in use by Heinz to check every bean before processing and filling their Baked Bean cans !

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                • #9
                  Slightly different, but I remember when it was common for commercial grinders to come with a magnet that sat just above the shoot in the hopper, in order to catch unintended metallic bits. It's been awhile since I've seen that (anyone seen these recently?).

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                  • #10
                    sorry for late reply: yep, got on of those

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                    • #11
                      I have the magnet in one of my grinders, but it did not pick up the rock that got into the burrs a few months ago. Darn, and it was one blend of beans that I thought was going to be a keeper but now I am afraid to buy that blend again.

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