August 6, 2004, Newsletter Issue #14: Why some Coffee Beans are Oily

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WHY DO SOME COFFEE BEANS LOOK OILY?

Good question! It`s all a matter of how long the bean has been roasted. A medium-roasted bean is brown and appears quick dry on the surface. A coffee bean that has been roasted for longer is a much darker color and has that oily, shiny appearance.

The oil you see there is brought up to the surface of the bean by the heat of the roasting process.

This oil is very volatile and contains many of the subtle flavors of a good cup of coffee. That`s why it`s so important to keep roasted beans in an airtight container until just before you grind them.

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