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Topic: How long do my Greens last? (9 msgs / 222 lines)
1) From: Brent Hainsworth
Hello all!
First time submitting, and maybe this is a silly question. I can't for the =
life of me remember if I have ever heard how long green beans last for if s=
tored properly. Anybody got some cherries of knowledge I can dry out and ro=
ast?
thanks,
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2) From: Brett Mason
Blacklisted!  You're among good company!
Keep indoors, out of direct sunlight, 55-80 degree dry storage - at least a
year...
I throw mine into a big basket on the floor of my sunroom - have never had =
a
bean go bad.  I have bought cheap beans that started out bad - they didn't
improve...
They are a lot like dried peas - how can you mess them up?  But then, I hav=
e
left a burlap bag in the rain - they sprouted...  Not recommended...
How long is long for you?
Brett
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3) From: Larry Johnson
I have had beans that were two years old and were still fine. Were they as
good as they were when they were fresh? Probably not, but they were still
good. I store mine in the muslin bags from Sweet Maria's, fairly constant
temperature in a spare bedroom, away from light and moisture, on a wire
rack.
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
On the other end of the spectrum some both artisan commercial and home
roasters with extremely picky palates vac' seal greens and even deep freeze
them to maintain freshness. Greens quality can be destroyed in less than a
day by extremes of temperature and humidity.
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	I have had beans that were two years old and were still fine. Were
they as good as they were when they were fresh? Probably not, but they were
still good. I store mine in the muslin bags from Sweet Maria's, fairly
constant temperature in a spare bedroom, away from light and moisture, on a
wire rack. 
	 
	On 10/23/07, Brent Hainsworth  wrote: 
		Hello all!
		
		First time submitting, and maybe this is a silly question. I
can't for the life of me remember if I have ever heard how long green beans
last for if stored properly. Anybody got some cherries of knowledge I can
dry out and roast? 
		
		thanks,
		blacklisted

5) From: Brett Mason
I agree with Mike...  some both artisan commercial and home
roasters with extremely picky palates vac' seal greens and even deep freeze
them to maintain freshness...
But I don't own a dog, or a seal...  Mike has a pool!
Brett
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6) From: Zara Haimo
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I just roasted two varieties of "ancient" beans that I found when =
cleaning out my bean stash.  All the beans were vacuum packed and kept =
in a cool closet with stable temperatures.  I didn't expect them to be =
good given their ages and was prepared to throw them out, but they =
roasted up surprisingly well.  The Maui Moka beans are probably 4 years =
old, but still have the intense chocolate taste that I remember from =
when they were much fresher.  The Honduras Pacamara Santa Marta Estate =
beans are about 2 years old and have a nutty sweet taste.  Since I can't =
do a side by side comparison with how they were when fresh, I don't know =
how much flavor they lost in storage, but they are still excellent =
coffees.  These days, I try to drink everything within a year of getting =
it and, with my recent stash reduction, I should be able to do it going =
forward.

7) From: Rick Copple
Brent Hainsworth wrote:
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I too have some beans currently approaching two years that are still 
good. I store them in my cabinets in my house. It has central air, so 
seems to keep the humidity and temp fairly consistent. I just have them 
in the cloth bags SM sells. But, the recommended time at good storage is 
one year...I've not had beans go bad on me and this one bag is the only 
one I've had this long (I bought 20# when I probably shouldn't have!). 
However, I've not seen the bean reappear and it is a good one, so I'm 
not too sad I had enough to last me two years. :) Still makes a mean cup 
of java.
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Rick Copple

8) From: David Morgenlender
That's a coincidence ... I was all set to tell about the Honduras =
Pacamara Santa
Marta Estate beans I roasted this afternoon!  SM had them listed with an =
arrival
date of 8/2006, so a little over 1 year old.  I brewed a cup in my =
SwissGold one
cup about 4 hours after roasting.  This was my first taste of that bean, =
so I
can't say how it would've tasted when younger, but even with so little =
rest,
these old beans tasted incredible!  I initially kept the beans in the =
plastic
ziploc bag they came in;  some months later I vacuum sealed them.  They =
were
stored in a wire basket in a storage unit in the family room.
Dave
On Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:18:21 -0700, you wrote:
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cleaning out my bean stash.  All the beans were vacuum packed and kept in=
 a cool closet with stable temperatures.  I didn't expect them to be good=
 given their ages and was prepared to throw them out, but they roasted up=
 surprisingly well.  The Maui Moka beans are probably 4 years old, but =
still have the intense chocolate taste that I remember from when they =
were much fresher.  The Honduras Pacamara Santa Marta Estate beans are =
about 2 years old and have a nutty sweet taste.  Since I can't do a side =
by side comparison with how they were when fresh, I don't know how much =
flavor they lost in storage, but they are still excellent coffees.  These=
 days, I try to drink everything within a year of getting it and, with my=
 recent stash reduction, I should be able to do it going forward.
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9) From: Lynne
I was so very fortunate to be the recipient of many gifted beans
from (the so-very generous) members here on the list. Most were
older beans (stash reduction).
I keep meaning to write about the wonderful varieties I'm trying -
I don't know the age of most of these beans (noticed some had
2005 date).
All are terrific. (shhh - don't tell anyone. :P)
Lynne
(drinking a very smooth Panama Boquette right now)


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