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Topic: Triage coffee (2 msgs / 36 lines)
1) From: Bearhair
   I have read the term "triage coffee" several times, whether here on
in alt.coffee. I understand the connotation, but what exactly is it
referring to?
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2) From: Tom & Maria
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Triage is all the broken bits left after milling. Alot of it is crushed in
the pulper or milling. It also includes coffee that gets stuck in the water
system, so it can be nasty over-fermented beans too.
Actually, there was a BIG snafu last year and I was shipped about 100# of
St Helena Triage coffee ... they accidently shipping the triage in a bag
marker Grade 1. So even the rarest coffees produce lots of triage. It can
gunk up a roaster ...its dangerous in air roasters because the shards of
bean will fall back down into the heating elements. But big commercial
roasters use destoners that blow the coffee through an airstream up a long
shaft and by gravity and air movement the light weight defects like stick
and shards blow aside and the stones and chunks of metal and bullets fall
downward. Thats why the lowgrade coffees can have tons of gunk in them
whereas any defect in a Specialty coffee roasted by a small shop drum
roaster is going to cause trouble ... the big boys basically count on
defects being there...
Tom
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