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    Retail bean storage

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    There are a couple of cafes (good ones) that I frequent where they have their bean range in clear perspex cylinders on the wall. Some of this bean appears to be there for at least a couple of weeks. Apart from the time since roasting, one assumes that there is a pretty fair temperature/humidity variation from day to day. Just strikes me that this is a less than ideal approach to selling bean unless you have a very quick turnover. What do others think?

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    Re: Retail bean storage

    I have often wondered about this- several of the retail outlets for beans I visit have them stored in large containers and large volumes pretty much open to the air... Unsurprisingly I usually find the beans from these places are flatter than beans I get from places where they bag (and date) them after roasting- or use smaller hoppers and have higher turnover.

    Not always knowing when beans were roasted and how they were stored influenced me to roast my own...* 8-) When I take a glass jar of rested beans from the pantry and crack the seal- the hiss of gas and the fresh smell cannot be beat.* :)

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    Re: Retail bean storage

    They would be better served to use something that isnt entirely open to the light eg only has a small viewing window in comparison to the total capacity of the storage vessel, OR to use something that has a false front so the beans on show are not those dispensed for use.

    This needs to have a quick turnover and I wouldnt keep beans in there longer than a week, so the cylinders need to be quite small say no more than a couple of kilo capacity, with staff knowing they have to recommend those blends on the wall to generate the quick turnover required. If the shop doesnt recommend them, they will not sell, and it becomes a vicious circle.

    By the end of the first week those beans would not of of a standard I would like to buy because they are already considerably aged in the way they have already been stored before you even take them home to age some more before you can finish them, however remember other individuals will have a different opinion.* *

    Temp / humiity variation is entirely subject to the location so cant comment, the shop will undoubtedely be air conditioned also affecting the "location", so cant be commented on without actually being there to run specific testing on what happens to those beans over a period ( just the stuff I like to do* ;))

    Remember, clear perspex containers may be considered to present a product in a visually appealing way so unless the shop has good knowledge of the product at hand, they most probably think they are doing the right thing......

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    Re: Retail bean storage

    Comments noted. I agree that the perspex cylinders certainly are an appealing way to present the product in the Cafe - just not very practical. Im thinking that maybe they would be better served with a big display board with pictures and descriptions of the bean - a la BrownBay. Probably the cylinder deal is aimed at coffee lovers who are not as picky as CSs.

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    Re: Retail bean storage

    Quote Originally Posted by 7E434F47552C0 link=1332678373/0#0 date=1332678373
    There are a couple of cafes (good ones) that I frequent where they have their bean range in clear perspex cylinders on the wall. Some of this bean appears to be there for at least a couple of weeks. Apart from the time since roasting, one assumes that there is a pretty fair temperature/humidity variation from day to day. Just strikes me that this is a less than ideal approach to selling bean unless you have a very quick turnover. What do others think?
    Theres one local supermarket that has a larg number of these clear plastic bins, filled largely with beans from a site sponsor (and labelled as such). Unfortunately, (as recently as this January), they also appear to have been pouring commercial beans into bins labelled as being locally roasted. Good on them for supporting local roasters as best they can...just a pity they dont monitor their what their junior managers are up to.
    Cheers
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