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Topic: Looks like fibers (10 msgs / 309 lines)
1) From: MSMB
I have just been refilling the coffee container that I keep up stairs in my
house and just noticed that the batch of Yirg greens that I  just opened
seems to have some fibrous material along with it.  Looks like white or grey
threads or hairs from a beard (hmmm, can coffee beans grow a whiskers...). I
suppose it could be from a wool rug or fabric that the beans were originally
laid out on. I guess it is static that makes some of them stick to the
plastic scoop I use to move the coffee.  I imagine that they will burn off
when I roast the coffee, but does anyone know what this is. Should I cleans
it somehow or just dispose of the coffee?
MS

2) From: Aaron
Maybe they found where Jimmy Hoffa was buried at... in a coffee bag...
Can you describe these fibers a bit more please?   How many are there, 
are they stuck to the beans or just in the bag, is there a bunch of 
them, like through the entire bag or what.
did you notice them IN the clear plastic bag before you poured them into 
your container, or after you poured into the container and then scooped 
them out?  trying to narrow down what / and where they might have come 
from... from there we can determine if they are safe to burn or not but 
unless it's like something a cat would cough up, Id think you should be 
fairly safe in your roaster.   If you dont believe so, put them in a 
baking pan spread them out and blow on them fairly hard,  blow the hair 
away leave the beans and then put them in storage / roaster... unless 
the fibers are actually stuck to them.
Aaron

3) From: MSMB
Yeh, I thought of the Jimmy Hoffa connection also but just figured it was my
imagination.  I then turned to the elderly gent who must have processed the
coffee and figured that part of his grey beard fell out.  
Actually, I suppose that the coffee could have been delivered to market in a
big plastic bag and plastic fibers came off of it.  They were with the
coffee in the plastic bag in which I received it.  I use a 1/2 cup scoop to
move it from the bag to the container in which I store it in my house.  If
you quickly look at the coffee in the original bag you will not notice them.
But when you look a little more carefully you see 3, 4, 5 and so on... and
they are in the entire bag. I wonder if the seller dropped them on the floor
of his house in which he has a dog or cat and then just swept them up maybe
dusted them best he could, and put them back into the bag.

4) From: Aaron
In that case id have to say, you might not want to roast them.  If they 
are plastic, they could start melting and make a mess of things.  not to 
mention fumes etc, and possible flare up.  If they are hair, then theyd 
not really bother anything but im sure smell rather ick when finally 
burnt... the memories alone of the experience might be enough to taint 
your overall experience of the bean..
give them a blow job with a hair dryer or vaccuum or fan or something to 
see if you can shake them around enough to get the hair to blow off 
without blowing the beans all over the back yard.  go at it gentle at 
first find the right angle to not make the beans jump all over the place 
and then have at it. 
Aaron

5) From: Floyd Lozano
I see fibers in the coffee, even the stuff I get from SM from time to time.
 I just assumed it was fibers from the jute bags the stuff was shipped in.
 I pick them out (why risk the hint of burnt fiber in the cup) and roast. -F
On 6/11/07, MSMB  wrote:
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6) From: Floyd Lozano
oh i should mention, i am finding maybe 2 in a 1 or 2 pound bag of coffee,
and none of them appear to be plastic.  they look like fibers pulled out of
a jute sack is what they look like!-F
On 6/11/07, Floyd Lozano  wrote:
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7) From: Ed Needham
Those fibers are from the burlap bag the greens came in.  Don't give it a 
second thought.
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8) From: MSMB
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
This is what I really was hoping to hear.  It might be that I just never
noticed before.  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Floyd Lozano
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 9:01 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Looks like fibers
I see fibers in the coffee, even the stuff I get from SM from time to time.
I just assumed it was fibers from the jute bags the stuff was shipped in.  I
pick them out (why risk the hint of burnt fiber in the cup) and roast.  
-F
On 6/11/07, MSMB  wrote:
Yeh, I thought of the Jimmy Hoffa connection also but just figured it was my
imagination.  I then turned to the elderly gent who must have processed the
coffee and figured that part of his grey beard fell out.
Actually, I suppose that the coffee could have been delivered to market in a
big plastic bag and plastic fibers came off of it.  They were with the
coffee in the plastic bag in which I received it.  I use a 1/2 cup scoop to 
move it from the bag to the container in which I store it in my house.  If
you quickly look at the coffee in the original bag you will not notice them.
But when you look a little more carefully you see 3, 4, 5 and so on... and 
they are in the entire bag. I wonder if the seller dropped them on the floor
of his house in which he has a dog or cat and then just swept them up maybe
dusted them best he could, and put them back into the bag.

9) From: Andy Thomas
What kind of roaster do you have? If you use a popper or other air roaster the fibers will blow off.
----- Original Message ----
From: MSMB 
To: homeroast
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 7:11:31 PM
Subject: RE: +Looks like fibers
This is what I really was hoping to hear.  It might be that I just never noticed before.
 
From: homeroast-admin [mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Floyd Lozano
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 9:01 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Looks like fibers
 
I see fibers in the coffee, even the stuff I get from SM from time to time.  I just assumed it was fibers from the jute bags the stuff was shipped in.  I pick them out (why risk the hint of burnt fiber in the cup) and roast.  
-F
On 6/11/07, MSMB  wrote:
Yeh, I thought of the Jimmy Hoffa connection also but just figured it was my
imagination.  I then turned to the elderly gent who must have processed the
coffee and figured that part of his grey beard fell out.
Actually, I suppose that the coffee could have been delivered to market in a
big plastic bag and plastic fibers came off of it.  They were with the
coffee in the plastic bag in which I received it.  I use a 1/2 cup scoop to 
move it from the bag to the container in which I store it in my house.  If
you quickly look at the coffee in the original bag you will not notice them.
But when you look a little more carefully you see 3, 4, 5 and so on... and 
they are in the entire bag. I wonder if the seller dropped them on the floor
of his house in which he has a dog or cat and then just swept them up maybe
dusted them best he could, and put them back into the bag.

10) From: Sweet Maria's Coffee
Like the listers have said, it's almost definitely some stray jute 
fibers. I can say that the Ethiopian bags seem the most loose when it 
comes to stray fibers and the bags deteriorating. Doesn't sound 
unusal at all. I would roast without fear; no real need to separate 
them as they'll go up in smoke by the time 1st crack is under way.
-Derek
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