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Topic: my Bugisu is old? (7 msgs / 120 lines)
1) From: Jason Molinari
I have about 1.5 lbs left of a 2004 crop Uganda
bugisu, and i'm having issues with it. I've roasted it
twice now in my drum roaster recently, and both times
it tastes stale, cardboardy and flat as drip coffee.
my drum roaster follows more or less the following
1 minute to 165
1.5 min. to 225
1.5 min to 265
2 min to 295
6 min. to 385
first crack at 395
395 to dump at 2nd crack at 435 about 4 minutes.
Do you think the 2004 crop is past its prime? I've
kept it in the zip bag from SM, in my kitchen cabinet.
It really tastes pretty bad...to the point where i'll
throw the beans out probably.
Any ideas?

2) From: mIke mcKoffee
Yes, I highly suspect they've gone baggy. Greens two years vacuum sealed is
pushing it let alone just in a zip bag. 
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3) From: Les
Try soaking them in water for 5 minutes before roasting. Sometimes you can
rescue old coffee this way, as it has dried out.
 On 11/8/05, Jason Molinari  wrote:

4) From: Jason Molinari
ok, iguess it is worth a try!
--- Les  wrote:

5) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- Les  wrote:
 Soaking beans can work miracles with fresher greens that
get too dry, but with two year+ old beans I've found that
it at least makes completely tired beans less so. Oils also
break down, and soaking can't restore them. The roasting
time between first crack starting and end of roast needs to
be carefully stretched with dry beans. Easy does it...
 Ramping up to first should be done quicker than usual,
                                         Oaxaca dreamin' 
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6) From: Jason Molinari
i think i've learned my lesson. I have a few beans
which are over 1.5 years old...i'll have to start
culling the stash and order less next time, it's just
that Tom makes it so tempting!!!
--- Oaxaca Charlie  wrote:

7) From: Les
I forgot about those tips. Thanks for adding them. Now that stash reduction
is really taking affect, I don't have many older beans anymore. I did go to
"The Tempters" site and drooled over the two new African offerings, Kenya
and Rwanda but I am going to wait until some India beans hit the list befor=
ordering again. I roasted up some very fine Kona this afternoon. Becky will
be pleased!
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