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Okay. The general device is called a hopper. I don't know what baristas call it in English.

Bored enough to make a reference guide:


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Stored properly and vacuum-packed, there's no reason for it to deteriorate at a different rate. I bet if you opened a six-month old pack of moka coffee and a just-packaged one there would be nearly no chemical difference, let alone a discernible taste difference.

The local beanguy over here goes by: preground coffee is best for a max of 4 weeks and drinkable up to 3 months or so.

For a reason, did a blind taste test over there with a fresh bag and an 5 month old bag and some press pots.
The older coffee was way more acidic, undrinkable.
post #26807 of 45921
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I was pissed when the amazon order for fenders for my wife's bike (and xmas present) was the wrong color. My wife wanted silver and they sent me beige.
But I looked and saw that they would actually work color-wise. So tried installing them. Installing them was a little tough because they are designed for 700c wheels (these wheels are 26" - a lot smaller) and the front fender needed to be trimmed and the mudflap re-attached.
Fenders can be tricky/time consuming to install initially. but once they are measured its easy to take them off and put them on quickly.

I had to finish them up quick - the wife and I are about to go on an epic road trip to the south. We're bringing the bikes.

They look fantastic Doc, like they were made for the bike. I don't think silver would look better. And great job fitting them, looks perfect, hope your wife likes the prezzie.
post #26808 of 45921
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For a reason, did a blind taste test over there with a fresh bag and an 5 month old bag.
The older coffee was way more acidic.

If the bags were both vacuum sealed and stored properly, I don't see how they'd be significantly different chemically. There's nothing really to react with.
post #26809 of 45921
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If you ever go to Italy, make sure to let them know.
I have and I did. I told my grandparents from there as well.
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If the bags were both vacuum sealed and stored properly, I don't see how they'd be significantly different chemically. There's nothing really to react with.
but once you open it the only grinds that are good are the ones you are using that hour. I used to grind my coffee in the morning, take it to work and drink it through the day. There was a significant difference between the coffee grinds at 8am vs. 3pm. Also, like I said certain pressure, dosage, pull length all determine how fine of a grind you will use. You can only get mediocre shots with pre-ground coffee at best.
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If the bags were both vacuum sealed and stored properly, I don't see how they'd be significantly different chemically. There's nothing really to react with.



There is a reason there is an expiration date. Nothing lastst forever, not even McDonalds fries. wink.gif

Besides that I still can't see a reason to get pre-ground. The coffee roasting process causes the coffee beans to release a gas by-product, specifically carbon dioxide. This gas release process continues for several days after roasting. The peak taste time for coffee is about 1 to 3 days after the roast (fresh roasted coffee beans need 12-24hrs to degass enough for it to be drinkable. Maximum aroma is attained after degassing (1-2 days after the roast) In order to be vacuum sealed, the coffee has to first release all its CO² or it will burst the bag, which means that it must sit around for several days before it can be packaged and shipped. This sitting around begins to rob the coffee of its freshness.

The best method for packaging and shipping is in valve-sealed bags. The valve allows the carbon dioxide gasses and moisture to escape but doesn’t allow oxygen or moisture in. Therefore, the fresh roasted coffee beans can be packaged and shipped immediately after roasting, ensuring the coffee’s freshness and taste.

Valve is apparently impossible with pre-ground.
post #26812 of 45921
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For a reason, did a blind taste test over there with a fresh bag and an 5 month old bag.
The older coffee was way more acidic.

If the bags were both vacuum sealed and stored properly, I don't see how they'd be significantly different chemically. There's nothing really to react with.

 

Oxidative degradation is not the only chemical reaction. There are thousands of chemicals in the beans. Probably something does happen.

post #26813 of 45921
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Vacuums are pretty much perfect. Also, I think the difference -- if one exists -- is entirely negligible.
People can grind their beans however they want. That said, for moka makers the grind done at the factory (or wherever the beans are ground) is generally optimal since they're pretty standard. Ditto for a lot of non-commercial machines. For commercial espresso machines it depends on the machine.
I've never seen people changing grind sizes at bars. It sounds like it'd be a nightmare, especially when things get busy. They just use the coffee sitting in the hopper.
I'll disagree on everything here. I do like a lot of American wines, but I don't think there are any I'd consider the best. I drink the same wine pretty much every day and I'm fine with it. It's tasty and costs about $1.50 per liter.
American beers are generally overdone and simply done wrong. They're bad imitations of better products.
American chocolate sucks. I don't care much about chocolate, but the Swiss stuff and the surrounding region is good.
If you wanted to convince someone that there are good American products, stick to spirits (rum, bourbon especially) and barbecue. Also, Americans are the only people who can make a good hamburger.
American cheese is laughable and just plain bad. I blame the FDA.

lol vacuums are not perfect. things can go bad inside vacuum sealed bags.

its not a nightmare because you simply calibrate before you start your day and adjust only when you really need too. also most coffee shops have high turnover of beans so no they're not just sitting there

i think cary grant would disagree you on cheese

you're not looking in the right places. swiss don't make good chocolate period. they make shitty industrialized mass produced chocolate. belgians used to be the same but they stepped their game up. the italians are the world best right now with the us coming in very very close. if you dont believe me try some chocolate by patric. will blow your mind. it's different in style than amadei etc, but mindblowingly delicious.

you wouldnt consider wines by screaming eagle and the like to be some of the best wines out there?


also i have to disagree with you on american beers. generally overdone yes, like the wines, but there are dozens of breweries out there making some top notch well balanced stuff.


i dont know why i'm arguing on the internet
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Did he earn the D or did you just bump him up one point from an eff?
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Georgetown offered me an interview. Meeting with a local alumnus on Friday.
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Did he earn the D or did you just bump him up one point from an eff?

I was a little generous.
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Georgetown offered me an interview. Meeting with a local alumnus on Friday.

AWESOME!!!!! good luck. would be glad to have you on the east coast. smile.gif
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Georgetown offered me an interview. Meeting with a local alumnus on Friday.

congrats
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Georgetown offered me an interview. Meeting with a local alumnus on Friday.

awesome, best of luck.
post #26820 of 45921
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awesome, best of luck.
+1. This is good. All the best...
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