Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Need for Fresh Greens

How would a well roasted blend with
Costa Rica Finca Tonomiel
Costa Rica Herbazu
Ethiopia Limu Organic
Brazil Coromandel Fazenda Sao Joao
and Rwanda Gikongoro Nyamagabe
taste like?

Not good at all.
When the green (unroasted) beans are not fresh.

We're talking a lot about freshness and how we should drink the coffee the first weeks after roasting. But very often it's forgotten we may not store the green beans too long before roasting (and drinking) them.
The above noted beans were all top class the first year (some less, some a bit longer maybe) after harvest. The day we threw then into the roaster they had an average age of 2 and a half years and it showed in the taste.

Of course a lot has to do with the way we store the greens beans, but also for greens freshness is key. Freshness tastes. And freshness sells.

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