Stale coffee beans

by Elaina
(Overland Park, Kansas, USA)


QUESTION:


How do I make stale roasted coffee beans taste fresh again? I bought columbian supremo whole coffee beans from my local grocer about 6 months ago and they have been in the same bag that they came in.

I know that the whole beans have got to be stale but I don't want to just throw them out if there is a way for me to make them fresh again. How can I make my stale whole coffee beans taste fresh again?


ANSWER:

Elaina, hi

The short answer to your question is that you can’t make stale roasted coffee beans fresh again. No more than you can you can make stale cookies fresh again, or stale bread fresh again.

If they were green coffee beans, unroasted, that would be a whole other story. Green beans are bagged in sacks after processing and then make their way around the globe to wholesalers, and then to individual roasters.

Through this long journey the green beans are stable and don’t become stale.

It’s the roasting process that changes everything. From the moment coffee beans come out of the roaster, they begin to lose flavor. That’s because the volatile oils in coffee begin to evaporate, and it is in those oils that much of the flavor can be found.

This is why small and artisan coffee roasters often make a point of letting their customers know that the coffee beans they sell were roasted on that same day, or the day before. It lets people know that very little of the flavor will have been lost.

As for your stale beans, I am afraid there is nothing you can do to bring them back to their original, fresh state.

Sorry about that!

Further reading:

Finding and making the most of gourmet coffee…

Comments for Stale coffee beans

Click here to add your own comments

Apr 30, 2012
stale and gone forever..........
by: pistachio

.........unless of course you can raise the dead...

if you can raise the dead,,, then I would guess that you can heal the coffee beans.... Hallellulah ! !

I have have some blue mountain coffee,, it was a long time in the closet,,,

made a pot / the oils had turned rancid! ! ! !

AAACK !

sorry,, in the trash

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Questions about Coffee.






Follow me on Google+


Follow Me on Pinterest





What's new...

  1. Steamed milk for latte and or cappuccino?

    QUESTION: Do you know of a good milk steamer for making Latte or Cappuccino's? I normally grind my beans daily to use in my French Press. However I like

    Read More

  2. Coffee cocktails are a welcome fusion of coffee and alcohol.

    The fusion of coffee and alcohol, barista and bartender, is undergoing a radical and welcome evolution.

    Read More

  3. Making regular coffee low acid?

    QUESTION: I have recently started having some stomach issues and was told my my Dr. to cut the caffeine. WHAT IS HE NUTS! So, I was talking to some

    Read More

  4. What is the most unknown region for great Coffees?

    As the The Truth I will post my knowledge of Specialty Coffees I've tried.I've spent 1000's of Dollars looking for the best Coffees on the Planet! I've

    Read More

  5. Dolce Gusto vs Keurig

    QUESTION: How does the Dolce Gusto compare to the Keurig? ANSWER: Well, as you know, both are single serve brewers. And both use proprietary brewing

    Read More