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    How long do freshly roasted beans need to rest?

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    Hi All,

    New to the roasted scene. Done a couple now. Just wondering how long roasted coffee beans need to sit before the are good to start using / drinking.

    I would have had a guess at a couple of days, but thought ill ask the experts here.

    Any help much appreciated

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    Re: How long do freshly roasted beans need to rest?

    Greetings cowpunk,

    As with many things coffee, the answer is "It depends".
    General convention is to wait a couple of days at least, but there are always exceptions.
    Some beans/blends will taste pretty good after a few days and start to taper off after about 10. Some will not fully develop until the 10 day mark and then drink well for another 5-7. And variation on both ends of the spectrum will also occur.

    Its really up to you* and your taste buds.
    If you have enough beans from a roast, try tasting a sample each day and keep some notes. You might find that bean A needs more resting time than bean B etc.

    This is one of the great things about roasting, you get to explore these things.

    Brett.

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    Hey there,

    I'm not super experienced at roasting, but I tend to use my nose as the guide. You can tell if a roast is still developing by
    the aroma. I did two roasts yesterday. One already has quite complex aromas, while the other simply smells nutty at the moment. Like Brett says, try things out and have some fun!

    Nathan.

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    I find anything from 3 days up to 10 days plus, but that depends on what beans you're talking about

    in most situations for me I find that things are best after about 5 or 6 days (and due to my forgetful nature i've already had to start using the beans at 3 days...)

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    I like to leave my beans till about day 7-8 before I try them and I find day 10 + best

    If you roast a decent amount to be able to sample from say day 4-14 you will understand how the flavours develop

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    I try to leave my beans for 5 - 7 days but they rarly get that old. I have started using them 3 days after roast and find them OK but some certainly develop better flavours/aroma later than than such as Yirg which I try to leave at least 7 days or more.

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    This is coming from my local roastery but the beans they use in they use in the hopper range from 2-4 weeks. It's interesting to see the flavours develop even throughout those weeks

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    I have also been told that you can use beans only 1 day old if you grind them and let them stand for 5-15 min before using

    I wonder if there is any truth to that?

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    Well, for me, it depends if I'm roasting lighter for cupping/filter, or darker (for espresso) and what my target starting consumption date is.

    You can roast a light (first crack) roast and cup (or brew) it the next day. Sometimes I'll leave the roast out in a jar/tray to de-gas for six or seven hours then bag it in a valve bag. This is for a next-day grind.

    Othewise, I roast then bag anywhere from 5-30 min after cooling. Filter roasts I enjoy 2-3 days after roast, espresso roasts maybe 5+ days. Sweet spot I've experienced is maybe 8-10 day.

    I guess experiment?

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    Yeh 8-12 days for me is pretty much the range I aim for. Depends on the bean too.....if there's robusta (good quality obviously) in the blend I try to leave at least 10 days (hopefully longer). I drink most of my coffees with milk and don't so much like anything I've tried after 1-4 days. Very fresh beans seem more tolerable (to me) as an espresso....but I don't claim any expertise in this.



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