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How long can I store roasted coffee beans?

I assume you are storing them for a later grinding (likely just before preparing your cups of coffee). According to some sources 1,2,3, the main point is use it within a week. For more than that, it ...
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What does a coffee cherry taste like?

Lots of questions! Starting from the top... Taste? Coffee cherries are mild in flavour and slightly sweet. The flavour is somewhat reminiscent of other red fruits, like a mild mix of fruits like ...
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Is it possible to feel any effects after chewing one coffee bean?

First I want to draw a comparison between how much caffeine is in a coffee bean versus a cup of coffee, a cup of tea, or a double espresso. In a standard cup of coffee, there is approximately 150 mg ...
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What type of roast has the lowest caffeine content?

In general, darker, arabica roasts have less caffeine. Arabica (as opposed to robusta) inherently has less caffeine in it naturally, and darker coffees have less caffeine since they have been roasted ...
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The pricier the better?

Short answer: Yes - up to a point Long answer: Ignoring things like Kopi Luwak etc, there is a cost associated with growing, harvesting and transporting arabica beans in a timely manner, roasting ...
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What volume of beans yields a tablespoon of ground coffee?

Here's an opportunity to start refining your brewing process. Coffee brewers, including myself, tend to use weight as our measuring unit as opposed to volume since bean sizes vary significantly ...
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Is harvest time important for coffee quality?

Yes, it does, but it's much more complex than that :-) Harvest times vary greatly depending on the latitude, altitude and variety of beans being harvested. There is a very large table here which ...
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Making Coffee Beans Edible

Roasted coffee beans (from which you'd brew coffee as usual) are certainly edible -- chocolate-covered coffee beans are an example. They don't need any different or additional processing beyond ...
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Can caffeine be extracted by the body when digesting coffee grounds?

Yes. Coffee grounds are simply the ground up seeds found inside the berry of the coffea plant, so eat up! Even after the beans have been ground and extracted into your favorite coffee beverage, they ...
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What coffee and roast are best for tiramisu?

From a cooks perspective, I think it should be "espresso", or "caffè" not "coffee" in any good tiramisu recipe, which in turn would already suggest a type of beans and roast. Note that the Italian ...
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How much does keeping beans vacuum sealed matter?

Coffee beans are freshest from about 12 to 48 hours after roasting until maybe one or two weeks later when stored properly in an airtight container. During the early portion of this period (...
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Does the flavour of coffee beans improve after opening the bag?

That is almost the opposite of my experience, after opening a bag of beans, they have noticeable less flavour after a couple of days. Coffee beans are more resistant than ground coffee though, as that ...
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Kopi Luwak - real or not?

I actually might say no. This type of coffee is rather expensive at $100 to $600 per US pound. Yes, 100 to 600 USD. This is natural Kopi Luwak coffee at a normal price. The word blend sounds a little ...
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Best way to store unroasted/raw coffee?

I have a few different varieties of green beans that I have stored in freezer style plastic bags for going on 1+ year now and there is no mold present. I keep them stored at room temperate with as ...
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Are there health risks to eating coffee?

No. Not any substantial ones. There are several listed questions around the topic of eating coffee beans. Ingesting roasted coffee beans without grinding/brewing them in some manner is quite common....
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Does sweet coffee exist?

This question is probably best answered in two directions: If you feel the need to add sugar to your coffee, it may simply be that the coffee that you are drinking is not very good. Sugar makes a lot ...
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Decaffeinated Coffee Beans

There's no strain of coffee bean that has no caffeine when it is grown, but you can find whole-bean, decaffeinated coffee. "Decaffeinated" coffee has been treated to have most of the caffeine removed. ...
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The one-way valve, to squeeze or not to squeeze?

It doesn't actually matter! The valve on the bag is there to let gas out without letting gas in. The reason for this is that freshly roasted beans will continue to give off a bit of CO2 for a little ...
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Roughly how much caffeine am I ingesting when I eat chocolate coffee beans?

This seems to suggest that there is approximately 7mg of caffeine per coated bean. I've no idea how much those weight per piece, or how many are in a bag, but the math should be fairly easy if you ...
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Kopi Luwak - real or not?

I'll say yes it's "real" and it's "clever" marketing. If one had a coffee plantation with wild palm civets running about, it would be easy enough to have some folks collect some "civet processed" ...
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Is there any process after roasting coffee?

Typically after roasting coffee there is a rest period during which you don't want to use the coffee. Roughly 85-90% of carbon dioxide contained in a coffee bean after roasting will be released in ...
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Peaberry and coffee varieties

My findings are that it's actually exactly the same. Peaberry beans occur in almost all coffee in some percentage. They aren't grown separate, they are the exact same coffee that's been sorted out ...
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How to prepare good coffee during an outdoor trip?

I think an AeroPress would work great on a trip. Just need hot water. AeroPress Video Tutorial How To :: Inverted AeroPress Video Tutorial (YouTube) See also other questions tagged aeropress.
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How to prepare good coffee during an outdoor trip?

I'm going to focus on the "old-school" aspect of your question. From my perspective/experience, the classic way of producing "camp coffee" is a percolator. To use this device, you put grounds in a ...
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Is it possible to regrind beans?

With a blade grinder, yes. They already just chop the pieces smaller and smaller until you stop, anyway. With a burr grinder, it may be. But I make no promises that it won't clog the feeder. It's ...
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How does freezing affect vacuum packed coffee beans?

Freezing will not affect the coffee beans chemically. Thawing may affect them though. When you thaw the beans, small amounts of water (that were frozen as small amounts of air humidity) will melt and ...
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Reduce power of popcorn popper for roasting coffee

Rather than playing with electricity and wiring you could actually just move the roasting bed/area away from your heat source and accomplish close to the same thing. I started roasting with a ...
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What factors determine coffee bean size?

The single biggest factor in the size of a coffee bean is the botanical variety of the plant. There is no amount of nutrition or growing conditions that can overcome the effect of genetics. In this ...
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How to create green coffee?

What I have seen online suggests that it is what one would think of as severely under roasted (by coffee standards) coffee. The flavor profile is very different than traditionally roasted coffee and ...
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