After traveling for a week with George Howell (Terroir coffee, who
vacuum packs and then freezes lots to save from year to year) the
logic of his method seems to have proven itself. And for samples he
is simply using the Foodsaver from Costco and stock bags like it
comes with - nothing special. for his larger lots he might be
gas-flushing. He is freezing samples in a chest freezer - not any
special Sub-zero commercial freezer or anything. I started some tests
of this method for samples, but it will take a while to know the
We have tried to hold coffees sometimes but (sadly) we sometimes get
stuck with unclaimed lots. And it kills me to see really nice coffee
sit there and age. Of course, if people paid, they would have great
incentive not to abandon the coffee with us!
But this vac-pack and freeze ala Mike McGuinness is one way to
address "vintages". Of course, it might lead one to simply have MORE
coffee in their stash!
"Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Maria
http://www.sweetmarias.com Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com
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