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Topic: how long is too long for green beans (5 msgs / 148 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
Hi, all.  I have seen this answered here a few times and I have seen 
different answers based on the experience of each person.  I just 
want to see if I am in the safe area.
A good portion of my beans, about 20 Ibs., maybe a few pounds less 
are 15 to 18 months old.  I foolishly built up my stash when starting 
and went nuts.  I was going through them at a rapid clip, however, 
the travel I did for work slowed me down some, for I was gone about 9 
days per month.
Then the cancer made a reappearance, uninvited, I might add, and has 
put me in the hospital for many weeks off and on, plus, sapped my 
strength is roasting them, even with a Behmor (sad, isn't it!).
Anyway, as in the past, I am making a nice recovery and have started 
roasting again.  I have cancelled my trips and have other producers 
handling them, which was my business plan anyway, but my ego got in 
the way.  If I can stay out of the hospital I can run through this 
stash by the middle for summer, for I want to mix in some of my new 
purchases (yes, I purchased from my hospital bed when feeling sorry 
for myself - again, foolish).
I keep the beans in a very dark, and cool - 63 degrees - storage area 
I built for them.  If I go through them through the spring and until 
mid-summer, will they hold their flavor?  Some will be two years old 
by then, some only 8 or 9 months, most in between.
Thoughts - other than to stop buying more beans until I get through 
most of these?
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2) From: R Nepsund
SM page on coffee age.http://www.sweetmarias.com/green.coffee.freshness.shtmlYou could roast some of your older stuff and donate it.
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3) From: Stephen Carey
Thanks, R.  I should have read that page.  I truly try to find the 
answers on the site before posting questions.
The idea of donating it is great.  I can have a roasting weekend and 
donate a good bit to the home that took care of my Dad when he had 
early on-set Alzheimer's.  I still see the team and they are 
great.  He passed a few years ago, but I like keeping in touch with 
them, especially the night team.  I could lend them an old grinder I 
have.  It wouldn't be the best in the world, but it would be miles 
ahead of something they get in bags called Maryland Coffee.  I lived 
in Maryland for years, and live near it now, never saw coffee growing.
I might also use some as a tradition - I would be honest about the 
date I received it, for I have that information for every pound I 
have gotten (anal, I know, but I like information).  Then, if someone 
wanted it they could join in the tradition and maybe get a couple of pounds.
Thank you very much for the idea of donating it.  I assume you were 
serious, for it is a great idea.  It would go fast at the place my 
Dad was living and they would appreciate the gift.  I would feel good 
giving them something much better than what they have now.  Then, 
later on, surprise them with fresher coffee once a month or 
so.  Great idea, thank you.
All the best,
Stephen
At 03:39 PM 2/11/2009, you wrote:
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4) From: raymanowen
Tom has a Hellacious stash, too.But then he cups a lot and finds another
that he just cannot live without.
Enter sweet Maria.
"Man, it's me or the coffee- Choose rong, and you won't be able to dial
9-1-1 fast enough!"
We know how that turned out, and it's a good lead to follow. Try playing
around with the roasting profile on a couple of your oldest stash.
The way you've  maintained them, they haven't fallen off the edge of the
earth. You're not the Lone Ranger of Bean Aging, you know-
Set your notes aside and try some new roasting and brewing. I think you'll
find more flavor if you don't arbitrarily cling to the same old roasts- Not
a bad place to start, but don't be afraid to make some roasting and brewing
changes.
I know, the Olds Rocket 88 was pretty hot back in the day, (Never had a date
in an 88) The rice burners could easily bury it now unless you breathe on
the mill, tighten up the suspension and tune up the Hydra-Matic.
Then you'd have to think about jail house coffee...
Cheers, Mabuhay and Magandang Hapon -RayO, aka Opa!
-- 
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976
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5) From: Lynne
Stephen -
So sorry the cancer returned - but so glad you are doing better now. Had a
feeling..
I think the idea of donating it is terrific - and you have someone in mind
(somehow, I'm not
surprised that you've not forgotten the kind souls who took care of your
dad! I think they
would love the coffee, and the kindness from you).
What I do when I run into a roast that didn't turn out right (whether it's
because of the age of
the bean, or some error on my part) is throw it in for a bit of a re-roast
(not too long). Of course,
it's easier for me, roasting stove-top - don't know if it's possible to do
that w/a Behmor. I can't waste
anything,esp. coffee.
I lift my cup to you, Stephen, wishing you a full recovery, and homeroasted
beans forever!
Lynne
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