Green Coffee Storage

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People in the coffee trade used to say that raw coffee was eternal, and we used to agree. The revised estimate is that green coffee lasts about a year from processing (assuming a six-month rotation of stock). We are unlike most green coffee sellers in that we do not have old stock; we are careful to make sure the coffee you receive is as fresh as possible. If we sell out of the previous crop year (something we always want to do) and new crop has not come in, we will not have that coffee until the new season.

Feb/Mar/April 2013: Origin Issue: Ethiopia

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Mon, 2013-05-20
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 We asked Aleco and Thompson, just back from a sourcing trip to Ethiopia, to share some thoughts on the country, and sourcing coffee there.

 

The Coffee Cherry

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Coffee is a deciduous, shrub-like tree. Most cultivars used in commercial production are pruned back each year to less than 8 feet in height, and every 8-10 years the tree is pruned nearly to the ground. The life of the tree in terms of good coffee production can be 50 years, and it will live much longer but will probably stop producing coffee with good organoleptic qualities at some point.

Choosing Green Coffee; Replacing a Favorite...

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Here Tom discusses how to go about choosing what green coffee to roast, both for folks just beginning to home roast and for those who love a certain coffee that is now unavailable.

Yemen Sanaani High Variability Image Gallery

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2011-01-01
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Yemen coffees are like no other. For the most part, there are no real coffee farms in Yemen, not like Central America and such.

Brazil Defect Image Gallery

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Publication Date: 
Wed, 2010-12-01
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Organic Brazil, so sad, facing a full-on assault of insect, fungus, poor nutrition. And on top of that, grown at 900 meters.

Sumatra Defect Image Gallery

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Publication Date: 
Wed, 2010-12-01
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Traditional Sumatra coffees are wet-hulled. It's also called semi-washed coffee which may or may not be accurate...

March 2011: The Lean Times; Coffee Research, What's Next?

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Tue, 2011-03-01
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The Lean Times [We were discussing the nearly complete lack of Central American coffees in our offerings when Tom remembered that he wrote about this in a past Tiny Joy. He has a good memory because I found it in the Nov-Dec ’04 edition! I am reproducing part of that here since it is still relevant. – Maria]

The state of African Coffee By Timothy J. Castle

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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Timothy J. Castle looks at the various coffee origins of East Africa and finds an entire continent under siege.

Buying Bags of Coffee

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Publication Date: 
Tue, 2008-01-01
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I had made a page that concerns Buying Bags of Coffee, essentially some insights about dealing with brokers.

CO-2 Decaf Method

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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This method uses two natural elements, pure water and carbon dioxide to extract caffeine from the coffee grains.

Ethyl Acetate Decaf Process by Cafiver Inc.

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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from Cafiver Inc, Veracruz Mexico, Ethyl Acetate Decaffeinating Facility

Health and Ecological Concerns

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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Maybe some day in the future we will discover that caffeine was the root of all human evil, but studies on the long-term health effects

SIngle Bean Macro Images

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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This is a collection of single seed coffee images I took, representing different varietals and processes. It is by no means exhaustive....

Macro Images of Coffee: From Cherry to Green to Roasted

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Publication Date: 
Fri, 2010-01-01
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Macro images give you a good chance to study detail in both green and roasted coffee.

Green Coffee Storage: From Crop to Cup by Chris Lee

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2000-01-01
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This article is aimed at large roasters, brokers, exporters and other producers. A bit dated but still some pertinent info....

Evaluating Green Coffee Samples by Michael Sivetz, from his SCAA presentation

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
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Taste Evaluation of Green Coffee Bean Samples Prior to Purchase & Use Presenter: Michael Sivetz,

Green Coffee Freshness Issues

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Publication Date: 
Fri, 2000-03-24
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As of late, I have began to question the notion that green coffee is a commodity that seems to have a longer shelf life than Plutonium....

Here's Looking at Green Beans

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Publication Date: 
Thu, 2009-01-01
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To an expert, green coffee is a text. It can be read bean by bean, telling the entire story of the coffee...

Choosing Green Coffee FAQ

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Publication Date: 
Fri, 2010-01-01
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Q: What coffee should I choose? A: Sweet Maria's Coffee offers over 50 different kinds of coffee, so we get this question a lot.
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