[Homeroast] Resting coffees after roast

Bob Hazen peatmonster at comcast.net
Tue Mar 23 00:01:23 CDT 2010

My mileage >is< different!  (grin)

I have had great coffee with beans still warm from the roaster.  That's 
often when drifty, volatile flavors are alive never to be seen again.  With 
a coffee where this is most evident, I notice a drop in flavor at about 1-2 
days, then it peaks with low notes (minus the volatiles) at 3-4 days where 
it starts a decline.

It has been quite interesting to taste the different flavors at various 
ages.  I hesitate to embrace any rules of thumb, only that the flavors are 
time dependent.  It's worth defying conventional wisdom and cupping some 
young coffees.


> And I can't think of anyone that says drink the coffee immediately after 
> roasting. The recommendations I've heard are to let it rest, sometimes at 
> least 48 hours before it's really drinkable.
> My roasts increase their flavor from 24 hours out to almost a week, 
> sometimes longer. I've never had a roast last longer than 10 days or so 
> and I can't say what happens after that.
> Your mileage may vary.
> Frank

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