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    freshly roasted coffee, how long to wait before using?

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    so im getting my first order of some actual really freshly roasted coffee from beanbay, it was roasted yesterday, shipped today and should get to me in 2 days. so when i get it should be 4 days from roast? i've never used coffee this fresh before, even when ordering "freshly" roasted online before its usually a week or a bit more old by the time it gets to me. is there any recommended time i should wait or anything i should do to adjust for using something this fresh?

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    Welcome rayuki,

    Can't go wrong with Andy's beans.

    I'd suggest you try them each day from the day they arrive and you will soon work out how you like to take yours.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    Welcome rayuki,

    Can't go wrong with Andy's beans.

    I'd suggest you try them each day from the day they arrive and you will soon work out how you like to take yours.

    Enjoy!
    thanks, yep with 1kg i guess i can experiment a fair bit and enjoy them as they evolve! can't wait.

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    +1 , yep just go for it �������� it'll let you see the changes as it ages and degasses ,,,,, for me the 2nd week is usually where it peaks , enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayuki View Post
    so im getting my first order of some actual really freshly roasted coffee from beanbay, it was roasted yesterday, shipped today and should get to me in 2 days. so when i get it should be 4 days from roast? i've never used coffee this fresh before, even when ordering "freshly" roasted online before its usually a week or a bit more old by the time it gets to me. is there any recommended time i should wait or anything i should do to adjust for using something this fresh?
    I to wonder about this. Towards the end of last year I bought a bag the day after it was roasted from a place in Brisbane and the guy told me if it's still green and I couldn't wait a couple of days to adjust the grinder to be finer than usual to counter the freshness...I would love to hear if that's good practise or not.

    I chickened out and waited a couple of days

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    4 days post roast is usually the earliest ill touch coffee roasted for espresso - but If I absolutely have to Ill fine the grind and down dose to compensate for freshness by slowing down the extraction, to get the most out of it

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    For me I start drinking, anything from 2 days to 5 days post roast.

    Given the quality of CS beans, I have yet to be disappointed with an 'early' start.
    After all, what's wrong with getting a better result each and every day until the bag is empty...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kesa32 View Post
    for me the 2nd week is usually where it peaks
    And, for some 'unusual' beans, it can be as late as the third or fourth week, properly stored.

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    So far so good. Got them 3rd day post roast and found a good nice fine grind setting that worked well. See how it progresses but loving it so far.

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    freshly roasted coffee, how long to wait before using?

    Just like anything the fresher the better. You can brew coffee directly after roasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedini89 View Post
    Just like anything the fresher the better. You can brew coffee directly after roasting.
    Uuuummmmm......No. While you can brew coffee immediately after roasting, assuming the beans are being properly stored it is a very rare bean that does not improve with time once roasted. Most beans will hit peak flavor around 7-14 days after being roasted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Uuuummmmm......No. While you can brew coffee immediately after roasting, assuming the beans are being properly stored it is a very rare bean that does not improve with time once roasted. Most beans will hit peak flavor around 7-14 days after being roasted.


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    I totally disagree. I have been roasting and brewing for some time now and have always been under the conventional wisdom that beans need to "rest" after roasting. The flavours will change as time goes on, sure, but beans are still amazing straight after roast, I actually prefer it. Different taste preference perhaps.

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    Yep...

    We're all different for sure but more roasters (than not) prefer to allow beans to develop their full flavour profile from only a few days to a couple of weeks. Everyone needs to find what best suits them and is the reason why home roasting is such a great thing to do - Coffee custom roasted to order...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedini89 View Post
    I totally disagree. I have been roasting and brewing for some time now and have always been under the conventional wisdom that beans need to "rest" after roasting. The flavours will change as time goes on, sure, but beans are still amazing straight after roast, I actually prefer it. Different taste preference perhaps.
    As I said previously you can certainly brew beans straight from the roaster. If you prefer the flavor of beans straight from the roaster rather than after rested awhile then that's what you should drink. We consistently recommend to new roasters that they try their beans starting shortly after they are roasted and carrying through to 3 weeks or so specifically so that they can see how the flavors change. Doing this and using different brew methods allows them to determine when the beans taste best for them. For most people beans straight from the roaster are to acidic/bright and the flavors in them have not yet fully developed. But that's the wonderful thing about home roasting. People can brew and drink it when it tastes best to them.


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    personally not a big fan of beans that have just been roasted - too volatile for one, and for another the flavours and especially the aromas are dulled down and muted, plus the crema tends to break up in the cup, which doenst look too good, plus its a killer on the milk, especially soy - which makes them almost impossible to work with in a commercial situation
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    With a kilo of beans, I'd be starting straight away. It likely won't have peaked yet but it'll be better than the beans you'll have left in 6 weeks time because you waited. I don't like straight after roasting, but just 4 or 5 hours after I'm happy.
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    No way 1kg of beans would last 6 weeks in our house.

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    I'm a bit luckier - a kg gives me around 80 coffees and after managing to cut back to 2 a day, I'd have 6 weeks worth. Hence roasting became a no-brainer with the price of postage for smaller quantities. I was suggesting however not waiting 2 weeks and then be stuck with beans after 4 weeks of use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonko View Post
    With a kilo of beans, I'd be starting straight away. It likely won't have peaked yet but it'll be better than the beans you'll have left in 6 weeks time because you waited. I don't like straight after roasting, but just 4 or 5 hours after I'm happy.
    Don't worry. At this rate I'll be ordering another kilo in a week I had a laugh. Almost half way thru it and i think yesterday and today's shots have been my best yet. Finally getting the hang of things and have found a good grind setting to pull 60ml in 30secs consistent. Using the 18g triple basket that came with my Silvia, measure out 20g of beans and grind then tamper and brew. was so happy when I got it perfect for the first time I had to take a photo I had a laugh.
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