Category: Coffee

What Goes Into Prison Coffee For Inmates

Better not become a prison inmate unless you like coffee with rat droppings and cigarette ashes in it. If inmates only knew just where the coffee beans come from, …

Better not become a prison inmate unless you like coffee with rat droppings and cigarette ashes in it. If inmates only knew just where the coffee beans come from, and how these coffee beans are moved here, they’d be grossed out.

Even the most hardened criminal can become sick to his stomach if he knew where the coffee beans came from, and how his coffee was prepared at the coffee roastery. I’m not a coffee drinker so I don’t know what this coffee tastes like, but I DO know that inmates really drink up the coffee.

A coffee roastery will put in a bid to a prison’s procurement division. The roastery is in competition with other roasteries who also want the prison’s business. They will sell coffee as cheaply as possible, and I mean dirt cheap. And it is baaaaaad coffee.

Because I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I say it’s disgusting coffee based on what I was told goes into it. I used to work for a coffee roastery whose highest grade of coffee was $15 a pound. The same roastery that brings you fine, top-grade Kona coffee, for instance, will be the same roastery that provides prison inmates with the lowest grade, filthiest coffee — remember, the roastery wants the prison’s business and the only way it’s going to get it is to sell them coffee at ridiculously low prices.

And the only way a coffee roastery can afford to do this, let alone profit from it, is to prepare a truly dirty blend of coffee.

In a coffee roastery warehouse are massive amounts of coffee beans, obviously. They are everywhere, being hauled, carried, transported, roasted, mixed, scooped, packaged, boxed, etc. And always along the way, throughout all this processing, some beans will end up on the floor. They are left there.

A warehouse floor is filthy. It accumulates gobs of dust balls, bits of paper, bits of maybe duct tape, cigarette ashes, cigarette stubs, rubber bands, screws or other fallen parts of machinery, oils from machinery, pencil stubs, pen caps, paper clips, and plenty of rat droppings.

At some point, the warehouse workers will sweep up the floors, gathering all the debris into a pile. Much of this pile of debris will consist of fallen coffee beans. The debris is NOT separated from the beans. Instead, the clump of beans-debris is treated as a blend of coffee to be processed, packaged, and delivered to prison.

The gobs of dust, rat feces, oils, paper bits, pen caps, paper clips, tiny metal parts, screws, nails, etc., all get ground up with the coffee beans. The finished product looks pretty much like regular coffee grounds — I think. But the inmates never see the grounds. They only see the coffee in their cups. And that coffee is more than just coffee. It’s a mix of anything that can end up on a warehouse floor.

But the inmates will never know this.

Should You Freeze Your Coffee?

The experts agree that coffee should not be stored in a freezer, or in a refrigerator, but should instead be stored in a cool, dry, dark place, like wine. …

The experts agree that coffee should not be stored in a freezer, or in a refrigerator, but should instead be stored in a cool, dry, dark place, like wine. Like wine, coffee has its connoisseurs and its experts, has a terminology of description all its own and has strict rules for storage. However, coffee storage rules, though strict, are not specific down to a ten degree temperature range.

Coffee storage rules are more general.

Rule number one: Do not freeze or refrigerate your coffee beans.

Why not freeze it?

Freezers produce moisture. If a freezer works absolutely perfectly, then if won’t produce any moisture, but most freezers, if not all, produce some modicum of moisture. That is bad for the coffee and that moisture is what becomes the frost in the freezer.

Coffee needs to be kept dry so when you brew it using the 10 best 4 cup coffee makers for you, it will be of its best.

How should coffee be stored?

Airtight Containers:

An airtight container is the number one best place to keep coffee according to the National Coffee Association.

Cool Place:

After securing your coffee from air – exposure to air will make the coffee stale quickly – place your air-tight container in a cool place.

When heated, the enzymes in coffee begin to release. These enzymes create the coffee flavor. You don’t want to use up the flavor before you brew your coffee, so keeping the coffee cool is important.

Dry Place:

Again, the freezer and the refrigerator may be cool and even air-tight, but the moisture they produce can compromise your beans.

A cabinet away from sources of heat is your best bet.

Is it ok to use a glass container if it is airtight?

The National Coffee Association suggests that light can also cause coffee to go stale in addition to exposure to air.

What kind of airtight container will work best for storing coffee?

Certain plastic and metal containers can compromise the taste of your coffee as much as a freezer would. “INeed Coffee” suggests using a ceramic container to store your coffee as ceramics won’t alter the flavor of the coffee bean.

When can I freeze my coffee?

If you do freeze coffee, it is recommended that once you remove the coffee from the freezer, you should not put it back in.

To review, the rules of coffee storage are strict but simple. Keep your beans cool, dry, and away from moisture and light. This means no freezing and no refrigeration.

All the experts agree. If you choose to disagree and keep your coffee in the freezer because that is what you and your family have always done. Then, by all means, keep your coffee in the freezer.

If coffee is a functional drink for you and you drink it for the kick and not the flavor then the keeping the flavor fresh doesn’t matter all that much anyway. It’s a free country and if you want it to be, it can be a “freeze” country too.