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    So, I have done a few home roasts now, and graduated from an air popper to a semblance of a corretto. One thing i havent yet worked out, is how the optimum resting time for a bean post roasting is.

    I initially read 2 - 3 days. Then with my first roast of monsoon malabar, the time of 2 weeks was mentioned. Same it seems for Bin 35.

    So is there a guide? Is there a standard optimum? I am a little confused. Is it just an issue of trial and error?

    I must say that the only roast i have done so far that didnt taste so great 3 days after roasting was the monsoon malabar, but i think i over roasted it (ok i admit it the second half of the batch did taste better after an extra week)

    Am i seriously short changing myself on flavour?


  • #2
    Re: resting time for various beans

    I usually try my roasts after 2-3 days to see how they are progressing, usually I get a decent coffee after this wait and then try them each day to see the improvement until they reach their optimum period.
    The monsoon malabar is definitely a different case at least 7 days before a test brew.
    Ive found on average 5-10 days brings out the best in most varieties.

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    • #3
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      Ive been trying to extend my resting time lately. Generally a minimum of 5-6 days, with some suprising results right up to 14-16 days.

      But the best bit is raphec, that you get to experiment with what you like. Now that youve got the corretto, make a decent sized batch, and do progressive tastings as the coffee ages. Make notes as you go so that you know for next time you roast that coffee how long YOU like it to rest.

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      • #4
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        Ive been experimenting with resting times over the past six months or so and so far, with some beans, the flavour doesnt really plateaux in flavour intensity until about the 3-Week mark and most of them are definitely at their best after 2-Weeks. This is based on using optimum storage techniques though, using sealed 1-Way Valve Bags stored in cool, dry, ventilated and dark environments.

        Have been enlisting the help of my young bloke who has a much more discriminating palate than I and between the both of us we would never open a bag of freshly roasted beans before 2-Weeks now, based on the experimental cupping weve been doing. No doubt these periods are highly variable depending on your own particular environment and access to ideal storage conditions. The results though seem to be unequivocal in our particular situation and has been very enlightening..... 8-)

        Mal.

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        • #5
          Re: resting time for various beans

          i havent tried properly sealing the bags yet. Ive been told i can do it with an iron (im sure i have one around somewhere).

          I guess if i start doing that, I will need to buy a large volume of bags. See how i go with one or 2 first.

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          • #6
            Re: resting time for various beans

            I havent tried an iron as I have an impulse sealer.

            But to get as many seals out of a bag as possible Id be trying to seal it using the edge of the iron.

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            • #7
              Re: resting time for various beans

              Cant you just use the resealable seal on the top of the bag. I know that you can get bags from CoffeeParts that have this? That way the bags last forever... (in theory at least)

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              • #8
                Re: resting time for various beans

                The zip-lock seal isnt quite air tight. Heat sealing the bag just above the zip-lock will make sure that your beans stay fresh for longer.

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                • #9
                  Re: resting time for various beans

                  Originally posted by michel_c link=1215469019/0#6 date=1215749404
                  Cant you just use the resealable seal on the top of the bag.  I know that you can get bags from CoffeeParts that have this?  That way the bags last forever... (in theory at least)
                  They dont last forever because they get dirty with coffee oils.

                  You can clean them but its a pain.

                  I line mine with cheap freezer bags.

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                  • #10
                    Re: resting time for various beans

                    Resting time for me was always 2 days min then daily tasting after that. But now I leave beans for 5 day min and then taste every one to two days after that, the bigger batches are needed for this.
                    I now have stretched things to 2-3 weeks and I am really pleased with the quality even up to 20 days. But as suggested its entirely individual as to what you like.
                    I have just picked up some one way valve tins from Sweet Marias, they are easy to wipe out and should last alot longer then the resealable bags, but I like TGs suggestion also.

                    Enjoy

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                    • #11
                      Re: resting time for various beans

                      Originally posted by redzone link=1215469019/0#9 date=1215753727
                      I have just picked up some one way valve tins from Sweet Marias, they are easy to wipe out and should last alot longer then the resealable bags, but I like TGs suggestion also.

                      Enjoy
                      Nice idea, but how do you squeeze the excess air out of a tin? :-?

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                      • #12
                        Re: resting time for various beans

                        They market them as tins for home roasters. I would presume the idea is the C02 off gassing from the freshly roasted beans would effectively displace any remaining air...?

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                        • #13
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                          Ill roll with that "Wrecker" otherwise it just gets to complicated for me.

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                          • #14
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                            OK, so long as you keep the tin full to the brim with freshly roasted beans I can see that working! ;D

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                            • #15
                              Re: resting time for various beans

                              all of a sudden i want some of those tins dagnabbit!

                              $40 minimum order from sweet marias.

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