Grimsthorpe Senior Member Joined: 23 Feb 2014 Posts: 25 Location: Surrey Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Apr 25, 2014, 11:49am Subject: Heading North Update: How's this gear now? Oh, and a brief freezing coffee quest
Just a brief update on my attempt to make a good to great coffee shot in the wilds of the Yukon. Gold fields.
Okay, I started with a Gaggia "Coffee" Deluxe, which for the life of me I could not get to make a decent cup of coffee with, but I only paid $45 for it, so I'll hope to get that and more for it. Then, I just could not get a decent grinder, so I picked up a Value Village special: a $15 bodum grinder that I modified, but, man, it just could not grind finely enough. Okay, you guys had lovely suggestions, and this is what I just did... I picked up a used Nuova Simonelll MDX with a few nice additions, especially freshly swapped out burrs. Now, I'm thinking of leaving it here, and take my Compak K3 Touch north. Certainly way better than I anticipated. Thoughts?
I'm also thinking of taking up 6 months worth of beans and keeping them frozen until I need them. Will this work? I would take freshly roasted beans.
Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 12:52pm Subject: Re: Heading North Update: Oh, and a brief freezing coffee quest
So are you taking the Elli then? I would take the best grinder your wife will let you get away with! I know a there are a number of folks around here that freeze beans- not sure just how long they keep that way, maybe someone else can answer that one.
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 8,108 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Tue Apr 29, 2014, 8:56am Subject: Re: Heading North Update: How's this gear now? Oh, and a brief freezing coffe
The longest I freeze is about 2 months, after that, they degrade too much. However, if that is all you have...... Green beans have no problem lasting that long, how about taking green and roasting them yourself. It can be done in as simple of equipment as a cast iron skillet and a fire of some sort.
Grinder, take the best you can and can afford to take. The grinder is king.
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Sounds about right. Some people I trust say four months; but I don't trust them more than Wayne.
Green beans have no problem lasting that long, how about taking green and roasting them yourself. It can be done in as simple of equipment as a cast iron skillet and a fire of some sort.
Coffee can be roasted fresh in a skillet, but -- unless you have very low standards -- it cannot be roasted well. Don't take the "low standards" things in the wrong way. I know the difference between well and poorly roasted coffee, but have no trouble drinking crap roasts. What can I say? I just like the stuff.
Put it this way: It's hard to say at which stages of staling and bad roasting good, stale coffee beats bad, fresh coffee; or vice versa. A call you'll have to make for yourself.
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