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    A newbie is confused about looking after  cof

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all
    First post - it gets easier from now on

    Just bought an EM6910 and 0480 grinder and am getting a good tamper as well (based on what I have read on the forum)

    Is there anywhere on the forum that I can read about how to buy, store and keep your coffee - for example, how much to buy at one time (eg how long will one kg of CS Brown beans last) and how to store it?


    Thanks for looking out for me

    Cheers

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after *cof

    Hi babyarnold and welcome to coffeesnobs.

    It all depends on how much coffee you drink a week.

    If you go through 250g per week (approx twelve to 15 cups) then 1 kg will last you a month. I am not sure what Andy says is the maximum time to keep CS Brown beans.

    As for storage. Keep the beans in a cool dark cupboard. Browns come in a large 1 kg bag (for 1 kg. just take the weeks supply (eg 250g) and put them into a airtight cannister.

    Make sure the larger bag is well sealed so air cannot get into them

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after *cof

    Welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    How much you buy at a time has to consider many factors.

    How much per week do you use?
    Accessability to freshly roasted beans?
    Shipping costs.

    For example, I use about 250g a week.
    When I could easily drive to my local roaster, thus avoiding postage costs, I would usually buy 500g. If I was lucky I could 250g each from two different batches. A fresh batch and one a few days old so that it was ready to drink.

    I now mostly roast my own and buy green beans from CS as even with postage included it works out cheaper than buying commercially roasted.

    I havent tried the CS Brown beans yet (soon though) so I cant answer how long theyll last.

    I store my roasted beans in one-way valved bags in a cool dark cupboard.

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after *cof

    thanks guys - very impressive speed!

    My wife and I probably will go through 250g per week

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after  

    You will probably find that once you are turning out good coffee on your new machine demand in your household will grow markedly.
    The above advice from Lucinda and TG is spot on.
    Beans after roasting are good for 3 weeks they then go stale, if you purchased 1kg and only used 250g in a week they will get a bit stale by end use.
    Are there any local roasters or cafes where you could purchase freshly roasted on a weekly/bi-weekly basis?
    The next step of course is to roast your own where you have total control over quantity and quality!!!

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after  

    Quote Originally Posted by greenman link=1201320109/0#4 date=1201322243
    Beans after roasting are good for 3 weeks they then go stale
    This isnt absolute of course.... Varies quite a bit with such factors as Roast Depth, storage location, storage method, bean variety, etc etc.....

    If you pay particular attention to the variables under your control, it is quite possible to extend the nominal storage period beyond 3 weeks. For example, a bag of Andys Espresso Wow! we went through a couple months ago was absolutely beautiful right to the last bean and well beyond 4 weeks from when the bag was opened... probably add 2-3 days on top of that from when it was roasted.

    The main thing though is, if you roast your own beans in batch sizes that you can consume within a 2 week period say, you will never have to worry about whether the beans are going to go stale or not, stored as recommended in the above posts 8-). Some bean varieties, especially if roasted to a medium roast or just over, will sometimes need a week or more before they even reach the zenith of their flavour potential, so what do you do then? Add that week on to the nominal storage period, or subtract it?

    Just let your palate be your guide "babyarnold" and when the beans appear to taste a bit ordinary its probably time to think about using them for something else.... Ice coffee maybe, garden mulch? Anyway mate, the journey is a very interesting one and one that is always full of surprises so happy brewing and maybe happy home roasting too when you decide to give that a go... ;)

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after *cof

    I have a similar dilemma question. I can look after the beans in the black CS one way valve bag OK - stick them in a cool part of the house, let all the air out etc. The only problem is - I too have an em0480 grinder - and to make a coffee say you fill up the hopper 2/3 or more full. Then when finished a coffee making session I tend to leave the beans in the hopper mainly through laziness - but also because if you remove the hopper and put the leftover beans back in the bag - you then have the problem of the beans that are stuck at the bottom of the grinder. Its just too much work to tip them out and clean the grinder etc. Am I being too lazy ?

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after  

    only place as many beans in the hopper as you can use in a day or two then they should stay fresh

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after  

    Bennett, if you cant be bothered tipping up the grinder you can just grind those last beans up instead. Or the next time you put more coffee in, grind and dump the first few grams of ground coffee.

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after  

    I just measure out enough beans for immediate use and grind immediately keeping remainder in sealed one-way bag. There is always a little residue in grinder but thats not a problem just dump a few grams as Scoota said.
    A lot of grinds and beans tend to build up in the Sunbeam, a regular clean is a good idea.

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    Re: A newbie is confused about looking after *cof

    The only problem with only measuring enough for immediate use is that I find you get an inconsistent grind unless the hopper is a certain amount full. I think the weight of the beans from above ensures a more consistent grind - whereas with an almost empty hopper sometimes the grind isnt as good.

    I like your idea scoota gal - I might just have to dump the first few grams with each use.



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