This is a multi-part message in MIME format. I would like to hear some comments on treatment of beans immediately = after roasting. I have read: Use them right away. Let them breath overnight. Store = in an airtight container for 24 hours, and a few more. It is a little confusing. I have tried all of the above but I reallly = don`t notice any difference in flavor. Bob Howell Nayarit, Mexico
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. .. It is a little confusing. I have tried all of the above but I reallly don`t notice any difference in flavor. It depends a lot on the type of bean and the degree of roast if you believe the lore. Some people swear that they age their beans 4 days before the taste peaks. I wonder if the main thing happening is a dulling of the acidity, and that espresso drinkers notice it, and appreciate it, more than those who drink other types of coffee.
Bob, The most important issue is cooling the beans once they are roasted. You need to get the beans down to a temperature where they are comfortable to touch in less than two minutes after taking the heat = off. Different beans have different resting requirements. If you mention the bean(s) your are using, you will more than likely get some = opinions from people on the list who roast the same. Jim Gundlach On Sunday, December 22, 2002, at 08:37 AM, Bob Howell wrote: <Snip> <Snip> overnight. <Snip> reallly <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
<Snip> IMO fast roasts taste better after a day or two, but slower is good right from the roaster. Degassing for 4 to 12 hours seems to remove the harshness in some roasts. Longer "aging" develops more of the body and chocolatey flavors. I usually store in an open jar for the 3 to 4 days until it is gone. Exposure to air seems to give more chocolate than storage in a closed jar. Longer term storage is in a closed jar in the freezer. Bean origin does not seem to make any difference to me. -- homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
On 22 Dec 2002, at 7:37, Bob Howell wrote: <Snip> "It depends". In my experience, the monsooned and aged coffees taste better after 24+ hours aging, sometimes 72+, whereas most others peak around 12-24 hours. There are so many variables with the degree of roast and airtightness of storage that I couldn't really say anything other than "putting the just-roasted beans in a ziplock or ideally a one-way valve bags right away and letting it sit overnight consistently makes great coffee". One definite I've noticed is that if the beans haven't rested at least 8 or so hours, there is a taste I can only describe as sort of 'grassy'. It's not overwhelming, but it does negatively affect the overall taste. OTOH, on those days when I've forgotten to roast the night before, I've gotten rid of those oddball grassy taste notes by grinding the coffee as soon as it cools and letting that sit in the one-way-valve bags for an hour or so. The taste is not as knockout as when it's rested overnight, but the increased surface area from the grinding seems to speed up the outgassing. <Snip> If you're getting great-tasting coffee and are happy with it, that's all that really matters. <Snip> Sharon Allsup Winston, Georgia homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
From: "Bob Howell" I would like to hear some comments on treatment of beans immediately after roasting. I have read: Use them right away. Let them breath overnight. Store in an airtight container for 24 hours, and a few more. It is a little confusing. I have tried all of the above but I reallly don`t notice any difference in flavor. Bob Howell Nayarit, Mexico If you don't taste a difference then it doesn't really matter! Lots of variables. Type of bean, degree of roast, how roasted to said degree roast, method of brewing, how long they'll be around 'till all consumed... I find most roasts very drinkable zero rest with improvement in body and complexity a day or so rested. I vacuum seal in mason jars directly from the roaster. But then, I'm an extremist:-) MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting Miss Silvia brewin' homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast