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Topic: Old Green Beans (3 msgs / 52 lines)
1) From: ddubr75
Understanding that old green beans may and probably have dried out,? is the mold that affects green beans very evident? The beans are from SWM in 2001. I just bought the Behmor so I suppose that I could use these beans to brak in the roaster. There is nothing visibly wrong with them
Unless there are vehement dissenting views that would steer me away from that?
How old is too old (for a green bean that is) ??
Please share you thoughts...
Dave Smith
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2) From: Floyd Lozano
The only way you will know is to try them and see.  Some people vac
seal and freeze their greens to preserve them as long as possible, and
it's 'generally accepted' that greens start to fade at room temp
conditions anywhere from 6 months for the more delicate to as much as
2 years for the hardier ones.  Certain characteristics might begin to
fade or disappear entirely, or be replaced by 'baggy' flavors, but
it's still possible you'll get a good cup of coffee from older greens.
 I can't speak to the mold question except to say if it smells wrong
it probably is wrong!  If you're worried, i'd just save up a little
cash and get some of the great new coffees at SM today.  Lots of good
stuff there in the sub-$5 a lb range!
-F
On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 1:02 PM,   wrote:
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3) From: Zara Haimo
When I moved a couple of years ago, I found a couple of bags of beans I had 
forgotten that were 3-4 years old.  They had been in a plastic ziplock bag 
in a dark closet that had a constant temperature and humidity year round. 
The beans looked and smelled ok, so I roasted them.  They didn't have quite 
the zing I remembered from when they were fresher, but they still were very 
good and more than drinkable.
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