Can You Brew Coffee from Stale Green Coffee Beans?

Can You Use Green Coffee BeansThis post is by Bernie Carr,

A few years ago, when I first started my emergency stash, I bought green coffee beans as I was learning to brew coffee off grid.  The beans were purchased in 2010, and were left in the original packaging for the last four years.  I should have repackaged them in mylar bags, but sometimes even a preparedness blogger slips up.

Can You Use Green Coffee Beans 1I found them after we moved to a smaller space and was too cheap to throw them away.  This past weekend, I ran out of my favorite Dunkin Donuts coffee but did not want to break into my emergency supply of Kona coffee.  I thought, “Why not see if these old green coffee beans are still any good?”

What the stale green coffee beans looked like:

They are no longer green but almost look like peanuts:

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Roasting stale green coffee beans:

I used my cast iron skillet over a propane stove outside.

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After a few minutes, they started turning brown.  Then, they started smoking, and smelling slightly burnt.  Finally, they started making the popping sound, like popcorn, but not as frequent.

I was a little concerned the beans did not smell as strong as expected.  There was a slight coffee smell, but also accompanied by a toasty smell.  But I was determined to see them through.

I let them toast some more, and turned off the heat.  They do look brown with a slightly oily sheen as they’re suppose to look.  Then I placed them in a colander, shook them around a bit over the sink to let the chaff fly off.

Can You Use Green Coffee Beans 4After they cooled, I used the Nutribullet nut attachment to grind them.  They now smelled like real coffee.

Can You Use Green Coffee Beans 5I brewed the coffee using them the next day.   I would say the coffee aroma was not as strong as when they were fresh, but these are four year old green coffee beans.  I was actually surprised they were any good at all.

Can You Use Green Coffee Beans 6When I tasted the coffee, I found it tasted good; probably not as robust as they would have been had they been properly stored, but I can’t complain.  This experiment was to see if  it’s okay to brew coffee from stale, green coffee beans.  In answer to the question, I would say yes.  But if you want to maintain optimum quality and taste, then store them properly and they will last even longer.

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Monday Musings: 5/7/2012 Lots of Things are Brewing Edition

Welcome to this week’s Monday Musings where we take a look at note worthy postings and updates.

In the Apartment Prepper household.  This week the ” preserving eggsperiment” (sorry, couldn’t resist) is still underway.  So far no changes noted in the eggs as far as smell or appearance.  In another week I will test for freshness and will keep checking weekly.  I may find another method to preserve eggs and test that as well.  This week I am looking at Introduction to Candle Making with Marie Kauffman to see if candle making is a feasible project for me, and I will be posting my review of the DVD soon.

For coffee lovers only  If the power goes out, I’ll still want my cup o’ joe so I’ve experimented with  roasting green coffee beans in a campfire popper, but here’s another way to do it How to Roast Your Own Coffee in a Stovetop Popcorn Maker from Root Simple.

You’ll never view a tampon the way same again.  I like finding new uses for things other than intended, so I found this post interesting:  Willow Haven Outdoor posts various survival uses for tampons in “Yes, that’s a Tampon in my mouth : The Swiss Army Survival Tampon : 7 Survival Uses”

If you don’t live in the ground floor   A rope ladder is good to have as an emergency means of escape.  See “How to Easily Create Your Own Rope Ladder

How much do you reveal about yourself?  Most people don’t realize how much data is being collected about them – it may be a lot more according to this Consumer Reports article:  Facebook & your privacy  Who sees the data you share on the biggest social network?

Have you started your garden yet? For those of you who have the room for a square foot garden, take a look at this infographic from Frugal Dad, one of my favorite personal finance blogs.

Frugal Dad’s square foot gardening infographic
Gardening Infographic


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