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    Stale green coffee

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    Gday all,
    Ive got a question in relation to green coffee beans.
    I know the rough rule of 3s in relation to coffee, and I know what stale roasted coffee looks, smells and tastes like.
    What indicators or signs should I be looking for in green coffee that would tell me that its past its prime?
    Many thanks,
    Steve

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    Re: Stale green coffee

    Roast it,then sample it. Some of the best tastes come from some of the strangest looking beans from some of the most unusual places......but then,so do some of the worst.

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    Re: Stale green coffee

    Thanks Elbeano,
    whilst I am normally a proponent of the suck it and see method, there must be some indication that can be relied on to tell you not to even bother with a particular bean?
    As a comparison, you wouldnt put a chook in to roast when it was green and smelly, nor would you put bread into the toaster when there was mould on it.
    These indicators are fairly obvious to the naked eye/nose (is there such a thing as the naked nose ;D?), and what Im after is a similar indicator, or indicators for green coffee beans.
    Thanks again,
    Steve.

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    Re: Stale green coffee

    The only green coffee that I have ever thrown out had in it a lot
    of beans that were sort of brown coloured, some dark and shrivelled,
    generally looking pretty sad. But I tried a couple of roasts before I
    ditched them.

    As elbeano said: "Some of the best tastes come from some of the
    strangest looking beans". IMHO the only test is to try a roast.

    Mouldy smell is no indicator. I nearly pitched some Gayo once on
    that basis (nasty looking black beans, overt mouldy aroma etc).
    Mangiest looking beans on the planet. But the cup was brilliant.


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    Re: Stale green coffee

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    I bought some of TM once and some were older than others. Visually the older ones looked paler, in fact like fresh green looks a couple of minutes into a roast. Faintly yellowish.

    CB



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