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Topic: Just another typical Sunday Morning coffees... old coffee report (3 msgs / 115 lines)
1) From: Peter Zulkowski
When we left to drive from AZ to MA last spring I had roasted some 
Harrar Horse to share with a friend in Phoenix.
Well, I forgot to bring it.
Just left it on the shelf in my coffee room. This was roasted back in 
May 2006, and sat in a foil valveless bag all that time.
The AC quit in the house again this year. The temp inside had to be well 
over 120F for several weeks.
It sat through that also.
Just yesterday I was going through my stash and found those old beans.
Opened the bag and sniffed, not knowing what to expect.
Gosh!
Nice rich aroma of Chocolate???
Yup.. go figure huh?
Had to try it this morning for coffee. Wonderful!
You just can't abuse Horse.
It is always great!
So far anyway.
Also, digging through my stash, I came across some roasted Monsooned 
Malabar.
This was just stored in the original plastic bag it was shipped in.
The bag was so old it was split! and the beans were spilling all over 
the drawer.
Oh my..
Good aroma though.
There is almost a pound there!
Must be I roasted them, put them back in the bag, and then forgot about 
them.
It has been over a year since I have roasted Monsooned Malabar, and I 
forgot I had it.
Actually, I missed getting the last run of it because it was not Gold, 
so I have had this for a while.
To make a long story short, I brewed a cup of THOSE old beans in my 
Aeropress this afternoon.
WOW! So great I just had to have another cup.
Then I called a friend to come over and made him a cup also. Wonderful 
coffee!
You gotta know that I usually only have coffee in the morning, but today 
I just had to have one in the afternoon..
then it was two.
Nope, I do not feel like sleeping tonight :)
Thank you Tom, for providing us with wonderful, almost indestructible 
coffee.
PeterZ
Jeremy DeFranco wrote:
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2) From: Dave Ehrenkranz
Wait, what are all these stories I heat about only roasting enough  
coffee for a week as it really starts to deteriorate after that time?
Were the beans oily on the outside?
dave
On Oct 8, 2006, at 9:47 PM, Peter Zulkowski wrote:
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3) From: Peter Zulkowski
Yes, the beans were a bit oily on the outside.
One thing though, I probably do not have the same discriminating palate 
that some on this list are blessed with.
My taster is good enough for keeping me from buying coffee while out and 
about, or in a restaurant.
I don't like instant coffee, and will never go back to canned flavor 
sealed pre ground coffee.
Mostly I roast Harrar, and do that dark. A few snaps into second in 
about 13 minutes on average.
My wife and I love horse blended rich and strong; 65 -70 grams per 8 
cups of water.
south American coffee seems a bit wimpy for our taste.
When I first became a member of this list, I was terrified of letting 
coffee age too much, for fear it would ruin it.
Then I started roasting enough for ten days or more, and although the 
flavor was noticeably different as time went on, it was still pretty 
good coffee :)
To travel across country I roast enough for the trip and a bit more. 
Grind it every day in the Mazzer Mini, and it is still good on the 17 th 
day.. for me and C.
Opening the jar daily lets air in more often so it does get staler, but 
we do start with really good beans :)
In three weeks I can't wait to roast a fresh batch. YMMV.
It was very surprising to me how well these beans tasted. There was no 
special care in their storage. Alas, the MM just sat in a drawer until 
the plastic bag split!
I have ruined some batches of home roast that I could not drink, and 
just had to use as fertilizer, but these were roasted well.
Maybe different beans age differently? These were especially selected 
for a bold cup of coffee, and they are still great!
Again, YMMV.
This sounds so unreal.. so...
I have enough (stale?)  MM for a few more pots. If anyone on the list 
knows what it is supposed to taste like, and wants to try it, I can send 
enough for a pot so you can see how it is.
Please email me off list.
PeterZ
Dave Ehrenkranz wrote:
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