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Offline suddenstop

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Smoking coffee beans?
« on: January 22, 2019, 12:09:53 pm »
I've done a few google searches and came up close to empty.  I see Bradley has a recipe for smoked grounds, but I am curious about cold smoking the actual beans.  Was thinking Mesquite smoke for 2 hours, keep it cold...all the good stuff.

Any experience or thoughts?

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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2019, 12:29:18 pm »
I've done a few google searches and came up close to empty.  I see Bradley has a recipe for smoked grounds, but I am curious about cold smoking the actual beans.  Was thinking Mesquite smoke for 2 hours, keep it cold...all the good stuff.

Any experience or thoughts?
Sounds interesting, but I would used a milder wood say pecan or apple.  I would think mesquite would be to strong (that and I'm not a big mesquite fan)  ;)

I wonder if the Jim Beam biscuits would be good?
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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2019, 01:35:18 pm »
It seems like one of those areas that you may have to experiment with. I would do test with small batches of less expensive beans until you feel you perfected the right temperature, smoke flavor, and smoke time. Experimenting may cost you a lot of bisquettes, but at least you will not be experimenting with expensive beans.

Cold smoking (90°F or lower) may very well work, since most coffee beans are slightly oily. But you may want to try higher temperatures since more chemical reactions occur the higher temperature you go. Maybe try a batch at 100°F - 180°F, for shorter time periods.

Mesquite is a strong flavor for the Bradley. My go to flavor is pecan when I'm smoking anything from the plant family; either vegetable or fruit.


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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2019, 06:01:55 am »
Good ideas all around. I likely won't have the time for the next week or so but I'll have to get some new pucks.

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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2019, 06:08:06 am »
Good ideas all around. I likely won't have the time for the next week or so but I'll have to get some new pucks.
Good luck and post the results waiting to see how this does

I do know Nepa smoked ice cubes are fantastic in a mix drink ;D   So coffee should be good
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Offline Edward176

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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2019, 02:27:03 pm »
I too would be interested in the results of smoked coffee beans :)

Offline AlikerStone

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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2021, 03:52:44 am »
Purely if we consider from the outside, then this can be done. To do this, it is best to take a good ground, but I do not think that there will be any effect only the taste of good coffee, only if you find already pre-made coffee for such use, but you can try ground coffee. For example, take a strong coffee with a strong taste, my favorite coffee ishttps://zenesco.co.nz  I often order it. It has a very bright taste and aroma.  I just set these beans on fire and enjoy the aroma in the house, so I think they will suit you too. But in general, the idea is interesting, you will need to look for more information on this topic. I hope I helped you!
« Last Edit: March 17, 2021, 03:27:44 pm by AlikerStone »

Offline ZoeuLX

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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2021, 06:13:33 am »
I've tried it twice, ambiguous feelings

Offline JoeCampbell

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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2021, 08:19:08 am »
I've tried mesquite, and the taste was too rough. Definitely not the best option. For meat, it's maybe okay, but not for smoking beans. Jim Beam bisquettes are much softer, but the taste still doubtful. I haven't tried Pecan; it sounds promising. But I have a question - is smoking affect the amount of caffeine? More likely not, but... I always use a caffeine calculator (as well as a calculator for my keto diet), so I need exact numbers. About taste - I think fruit plants should work the best. They are not too bitter nor too smoky.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2021, 03:48:21 am by JoeCampbell »

Offline hankwilson

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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2021, 01:37:05 am »
This is an interesting idea, and I am curious about what kind of flavor it will be. I will try it in my free time and update the results. In addition, I think this will not affect the caffeine content, which is just my personal opinion. I have done some Google searches, and it seems that no relevant research reports were found. However, as a heavy coffee enthusiast, I calculate my daily caffeine intake to avoid excessive consumption.

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Re: Smoking coffee beans?
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2021, 02:35:44 am »
Hi hankwilson;

Welcome to the forum.

Please post your results. May I suggest that you use a misting bottle and mist the beans with water. The water soluble particles in the smoke will adhere better to the beans. If doing more than a single layer, stir the bean occasionally during the smoke period. After smoking, and when the beans are cool (if you are using a hot smoke method), place them in an airtight container, and let them "age" for a few weeks. This usually mellows out the smoke flavor.


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