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    Storage of beans during their resting period.

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    Im interested in how people store there beans in the resting period of a week immediately after roasting. Searching on Google brings up lots of hits for storing beans that you buy aready roasted and a few hits on home roasting. During the resting period the bean chemistry is changing, gasses are being released and adsorbed.

    Certainly after the resting Id store them in airtight plastic boxes or at present Im reusing the plastic bags with one-way valves from beans that I have bought roasted at Tobys Estate. But when I roast myself when should they go into plastic? How long to leave them out?

    What I did last week was to leave them in an open dish in a dark cupboard in my garage. Temperature is cool and its dark. The idea is that CO2 and stuff can escape and I thought if they are packaged too early in plastic they might pick up plastic smells.

    Does anyone try to remove air? Do you leave them to air and when do you seal them? Maybe store them in cloth bags for a few days?

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    Re: Storage of beans during their resting period.

    Oxygen is suppose to be an enemy of roasted beans so I dont leave mine out.
    They go into one-way valved bags and sit in a cupboard that doesnt get used often so they stay *in the dark.
    I wouldnt think theyd pick up any plastic smells and if they did, would one day make any difference?

    I squeeze out all the air I can before and after sealing the bag.

    I mostly buy mine from a well known professional roaster and I have been there and watched my beans roast.

    They went into the airtight bag as soon as they were cool.

    I do know though that generally the batch goes into an airtight plastic container until bagged.
    Im not sure what happens in the next day or two after roasting as far as venting the CO2.

    So theres a little room to move their on how youd like to do it.

    Obviously the less airspace in the container the better.

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    Re: Storage of beans during their resting period.

    Hi again Mike,

    If you do a search of the forum, there is absolutely heaps of info about this topic to be found as it has been thrashed out ad nauseum already,

    Mal.

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    Re: Storage of beans during their resting period.

    Oxygen and light are the biggest enemies of roasted beans, so I have been told, and I follow this guideline.

    After roasting I let them cool in a colander, this is usually for about an hour. I then put them into a one way valve bag, and then straight into the cupboard. I dont even open them until the 48 hours are up.
    I have never tried to "squeeze" the air out of the bag, does it do any good if you do do it? and what if any, are the advantages?

    I use to use a decor container, with the lid slightly off it, but I got some bags given to me and I use them all the time, and they are brilliant.

    -Linda

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    Re: Storage of beans during their resting period.

    The degassing will push any remaining air out of the bag but I like to get rid of as much as possible beforehand.

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    Re: Storage of beans during their resting period.

    I use a Nescafe tin 1kg version which I have cut a hole into the lid and attached a one way valve from a bag with double sided tape. I had a variety of tins to choose from but the irony of good coffee in a Nescafe blend 43 tin just did it for me.

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    Re: Storage of beans during their resting period.

    i put my beans into Glad snaplock bags straight after theyve cooled... i was going to use old one way valve bags but they kinda smelt like the old coffee that was in them. the beans go in the snaplock bags and in the cupboard. i check them every couple of days to get rid of any gas thats filled the bag

    simon



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