Do you mean after receiving coffee in burlap/jute? I know vac-sealing at origin has been making a huge difference in the quality of the green we have. I still have Honduran COE vac bags that I am opening up, (harvested say, Feb-Mar), and the scent that emits is still like getting punched in the face with a ripe green pepper.
I have got to imagine that vac sealing many months after harvest, after storage in permeable, fiber-based bags, is only going to make so much of a difference. You'll be sealing in that not-so-just-off-the-tree quality. I know a few roasters who store for short term usage and/or age long-term in sealed, less-breathable plastic containers. They say it prevents bagginess. But in my experience, it does not prevent staleness.
Ah. See, I really wasn't clear on that it was happening at origin. That's very interesting and cool. So, would you say that a roaster is most likely to get such a product closely connected to the C.O.E. coffees? What might be some other way of getting a fresh-picked vac-sealed product?
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