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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Well, for me... I was roasting at home before I found CoffeeSnobs and enjoying the hell out of it too, but after CS it was like joining a club and that just opened up the world of coffee for me. Havent looked back since... 8-) ;D

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    Well said Mal. I would never have imagined myself roasting coffee before I found CS. Soon after purchasing a grinder and reading the roasting section I realisted my daughter had a Breville popper in the pantry. I ordered my starter pack and proceeded to produce some charcoal and then some quite drinkable beans. One day I tried doing 5 roasts in a row and killed the popper, so then my Corretto came into production and 110 roasts later, thermocouple, lap top, bean coolers etc etc................the wonderful world of home roasts has well and truly taken hold and the smell of roasting beans coming from my garage must have the neighbours wonderful what the h.....l Im up to!!
    THANK YOU COFFEE SNOBS...........................!!!

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    Same as Green man, I would never thought of it. *However after joining CS I tried several varieties on Briown Bay and kept looking at the Greenbay and seeing all the exotic beans. *I then started reading the topics in Cupping room. *I then read the roasters and Home roasting section and found a cheap way to roast by popper. *I did several roasts but couldnt keep up with our consumption which is now over 500gms a week for the two of us.

    So Kept reading then took the plunge into a corretto and find it a Zen experience watching the beans change colour (nearly lost a roast because I got lost in watching). *All this since January. *As well as buying and upgrading grinders and machines, thermocouples and tampers etc etc etc. *TG, Andy , Mal and others provided a wealth of information and as a beginner I found their advice accurate and a great guide. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    My wife who assists with the roasting is equally captivated by the different flavours you get from the same bean in different roast profiles. *However she has been looking at me with a concerned expression as I have been perusing the roasters for sale (Hotop or Gene) Upgraditis is in plague proportions here at CS.

    Roasting is a hobby that I had never thought of but I find it fascinating and I believe even through my short exposure that it will continue to be a life time obsession/joy due to the changes a minute change in profile can generate. *

    Thanks fellow coffeesnobs for the information and advice that has made this an enjoyable learning experience. 8-)

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    it came down to cost for me. the amount of coffee we were going through it just made sense to roast my own. now im hooked and want to upsize my production from the humble popcorn popper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbean link=1211177202/40#54 date=1227781006
    it came down to cost for me. the amount of coffee we were going through it just made sense to roast my own. now im hooked and want to upsize my production from the humble popcorn popper.
    Hehe... The bug has bitten ;D

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    Control. The more one controls of the process the better chance there is of having what you want.
    Im new to this board, as of today but Ive been a home roaster for about ten years. the first year I kept copious notes and reviewed every batch but now I just enjoy the challenge of watching and listening and judging, sort of freestyling if you will , to get what I want.
    I have an I-roast which is fine with me. I usually set it way longer *than I need and manually trip the cooling cycle. *I think this site will be interesting; hope I can learn something and I can find some new beans to try!!

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    Why do I home roast?

    Save money,
    I find it relaxing as in the original post,
    I can have fresh beans when I want (sometimes found roasted beans from a company would go stale very quickly),

    But I think these are all justifing reasons for other "real reasons"
    Hate to say it but ego (look what I can do),
    Probably the main reason would be; I like to learn how to do stuff. I do a lot of handy man stuff. I used to home brew. I make my own biltong (dried beef, a bit like procuitto) etc.

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Same as happyfeet and others - because you guys said I could.
    I love playing with toys, love using tools etc for purposes other than what they were designed for.
    More so, I love having greater involvement in making my cup. To sit and watch and smell was very satisfying (I have only just began my roasting career with my first roast yesterday on a corretto...and am loving paying attention to the scents in my cupboard change over days). Very sensual!
    I am hooked!
    Look out, it could be a plantation next!
    Bonuses also include being able to order more at a time - I hated paying postage for good fresh roasted coffee so often, but the alternative was stale coffee. Now I can order larger amounts AND always enjoy fresh. I am anticipating some savings on both green bean prices and especially postage.

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    to me hobby and taste my final products. you know it is quite satisfying if you actually can make yourself a cup of coffee with your friends and families. I certain enjoy myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0A3B2C3534333835235A0 link=1211177202/57#57 date=1231374139
    Look out, it could be a plantation next!
    That reminds me that I should take a photo of my plantation to show how high my two plants have grown.

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    1. Home roasting appealed to me from the moment I first heard about it. *With a science background and a love of cooking, Ive always liked my coffee making "gadgety". *I didnt think Id be roasting myself though, as all the bean roasters I saw were very expensive.

    I heard someone last year on the radio talking about roasting in a popcorn machine but wasnt sure how realistic it was (sounded too easy to be true) *And then, late last year, I found this wonderful site. *[smiley=vrolijk_26.gif] *You know the rest *[smiley=dankk2.gif]


    2. Because my know it all, bully of a boss (who fancys himself as a gourmet) told me I couldnt!

    Other interesting facts he has told me since I started this journey have included "Once beans have been roasted, they should be ground straight away so they dont go stale. *Once ground they can be kept as long as you want in a sealed jar in the fridge." *And the latest, when I got my Greenbay order last week, "Why would you buy Ethiopian beans, theyre only good for mulch." * ::)


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    Quote Originally Posted by 183A2929323E105B0 link=1211177202/60#60 date=1233457612
    Aaagghhh, Life! - Youve got to laugh...
    Life... its too important to be taken seriously, so laugh- you wont make it out alive anyway. :o

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Curiosity, assisted by the attractive price. Followed by...
    Fascination, buffered by the experimental roasts. Discovery of...
    Relaxation, in one-minute dashes to the corretto. Development of...
    Palate. Surprised by...
    Fun. When I started giving them to others. Obsessed with...
    Refinement.

    Hmm. A CoffeeSnob? :D

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    Hey All, first post crazy as.

    Well... Its fun, kind of a social thing too. Roasting coffee brings people together, nine people with coffees around a breadmaker talking about everything whilst watching beans go round and going brown.
    I kinda dont know how it all started really. It was as if we were on the deck one day drinking coffee as we normally do (stu, humph and I), then suddenly we were in the garage rewiring a bread maker and playing with thermometres. Unfortunate to say I was the skeptic amongst the group as my previous attempt with a skillet on a hot plate was a disaster (I was 14 and didnt know what was going on so give me a break). I think we must of heard of someone getting some pretty awesome results from the bread maker/heat gun design - perhaps Scott in burnie... cant remember. So we grabbed some beans from bean bay and launched ourselves into it.
    So its been a year since that and I think we our equally obsessed as we were at the start, but it seems the more you get into home roasting the more you realise you dont know all there is to know.
    A few reasons I think we do it is the control factor, we control (to some extent) what we drink. Theres an exploration factor in it as well, you have a coffee, roast it five different ways and get an array of flavours (some frankly just bizarre). I cant deny the cost is heaps cheaper also, it more expensive to buy the milk than the beans. A pride factor, it feels good to make someone a coffee that you roasted yourself - I think thats why I do it, hmmm

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    What a great thread.

    As a newbie my reasons are changing or multiplying if you like.

    Curiosity when told you could do it in a popcorn popper started the investigation and the price of green beans brought cost in as another reason. Cost quickly disappeared when an update to the poor old Cafe Crema appeared......about a week after the initial investigation!!

    A week later and a Corretto set up was in place and the tinkering has only just begun.

    Finding CS threw a multitude of reasons into the mix so that now my reasons are pretty much the same as all posted above. Freshness, curiosity and experimentation will always be the overriding factors though.

    As said, it is a lifetime journey. I liken it to thousands upon thousands of times around Eastern Creek on two wheels striving for that perfect hot lap and the journey of learning to get there.

    Let the laps around the Corretto and espresso machine begin!!

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    Im actually doing my investigation into it now after.. errr 12 posts. :) Godspeed to me!

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    Welcome to the club Panda.
    Its a great way to get fresh coffee

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    I am SO new to this adventure....26 hours since my first roast in a popper! and I am hooked!
    It began with my first bag of browns from a "boutique" coffee plantation and a cheap blade grinder. results were variable but the occasional WOW experience lured me on. Next came a better grinder and with it consistent results (after "nailing" grind size,water temperature, and extraction time ! ) I consumed 9kG of those beans. Then I wanted a NEW taste and went surfing in search of alternative supplies and over the course of a few months discovered the GLOBAL web of COFFEE "outsiders".
    Then came THIS Forum and I "lurked" for weeks while devouring countless threads and then, after reading of the trials ,tribulations ,and successes of people encountering the "VARIABLES" of this pursuit The "ENGINEER" in me surfaced and I thought ...I KNOW how to design and build a process controlled system to nail these variables so I acquired a popper and a goodly supply of greens from Andy "as a place to start"

    Last night I thought "what the hell, Ill feed this popper some greens and see what it does"

    What interested me as an "Engineering Project" in the direction of "better and more consistent results"...WENT COMPLETELY OUT THE WINDOW !!!!!!!

    To see these Greens that looked like rejects from a button factory MORPH into Browns as good as any Ive seen so far (CS9?) While being entranced by these beguiling Aromas that wove a spell around me was an amazing and emotional experience...mystical even!!

    4 hours later I succumbed to my curiosity and ground some and made a cup...
    BLOODY HELL....SO THATS WHAT COFFEE IS !!! .... and it got BETTER in the cup !

    THAT is why I will be a "home roaster", in what will likely be a Lifetime courtship of the Bean...

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    Great post BeanBruin,
    Isnt it amazing when you get that great coffee in what ever process you choose.
    Its all about satisfaction.

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    I find it relaxing - when not panicking about teh colour or the smoke or that teh SC has not started and no more time left on the HT.


    I can have fresh beans when I want - Well when I bother to roast.. I tend to forget untill its too late. Then I end up using them b4 they have rested .. Oh I am bad..

    Ego - What is that ? Looking forward to next week... Abuse free, but still not allowed to have an ego

    I like to learn how to do stuff.... Do not have to perfect it... But know and understand enough to know when I have done a WTF was that that crap ?

    I do a lots of handy man stuff... Just built a 4M and 2m front entrance with lattice.. No one told me that climbing roses etc take years to grow ?

    I have tried drying fruit, never managed to make my own biltong at home.. In teh bush we would spice it and hang it in a tree.. Done. And damm good, or may be we were hungry :-)

    Enjoy the Coffee community, the contacts and friendships that have developed

    Have always hated paying good money for crap... Coffee and or any thing for that matter...

    Last but not least... I can sit on the deck.. Look busy, have a lung lolly and a coffee (with a book) and the Wife will leave me alone... Cause I am not on teh computer :D

    The trick is to make it last, so that she is asleep b4 I come to bed.. That way, I do not have to say NO... Yet again 8-)

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4E555443520B3A0 link=1211177202/67#67 date=1242298477
    BLOODY HELL....SO THATS WHAT COFFEE IS !!!
    Wait...it gets better.

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    I started after I learnt it could be done at home with a heat gun and a pot. After completing a course run by Chris through the William Aglis Tafe in Melbourne it was he who exposed me to the whole other dimension of the universe. From knowing squat, just wanting to know more about how to get the most out of my Silvia, I quickly found myself bagging beans, growing coffee at home (in pots and they have friut this year) and roasting.
    Ill buy from a roaster, but only if through poor planning I find myself without HR (Home Roasted) for the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2B3E292B3C392020212D224C0 link=1211177202/0#0 date=1211177202
    How about you?
    It gives me time in the shed, and because I love fresh!
    Nicer coffee at home than I can buy anywhere near here.
    And, I suppose, the occasional hugs from the neighbours daughter when I stink like freshly roasted coffee *;) ;D
    Did I say stink? Sorry, I meant smell.
    I never buy roasted beans. I did, however, just buy my second heatgun.

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    Well it is a distinctive smell all its own, if i have done a few roasts in a row and then go out, i often notice people trying to work out what the smell is that they can detect.

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    Only a roaster knows the smell

    I got strange looks after my first roast too.

    Then I realised I had chaff in my hair. ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 467F7575797A795A77626273160 link=1211177202/74#74 date=1245281074
    Then I realised I had chaff in my hair.
    I had a laugh. I dont have a prob getting things caught in my hair, but Ive scarred my scone more than once...ouchy! ;D


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    Why do I home roast?
    I discovered on this site that all I needed was a heat gun (had one of them) a roasting bowl ($4 from the local SH store) and a colander (another $1)
    Bought 1 kg of Tiger mountain, the first attempt while a little dark was a revelation (bloody brilliant)
    Back to the original ?
    Quality and freshness :D
    Cost ;)
    I enjoy the process 8-)
    I enjoy amazing my friends ::)

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    Cause I use a KKTO and not an old pot :D ;D


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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Lots of reasons to home roast.

    Love the process
    Love the control of freshness
    Love the experimentation

    I have a coretto set up with a custom-designed S/S bean cooler (uses a reverse vacuum)



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    Hi everyone,

    I began home roasting primarily for the freshness. I have no local roasters in my area so getting fresh beans can be difficult. Ordering through the post usually means the beans are at least a week old by the time I receive them. And the Merlo beans I buy from my local cafe are dated 8 ~ 10 days old. But if I roast them myself they are as fresh as can be!

    The more I learn through home roasting and trying different single origin beans, the more interested I become in the whole coffee scene.

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    Welcome Senekis.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Same reason I started roasting here at home mate (just a bit up the road from where you are ;)). Youre definitely in the right place here in this ethereal community, we all love our coffee and never tire of trying to do it all better, to get that "God" shot we all strive for.

    Will look forward to more posts from you as you continue along the long and winding road towards coffee nirvana.... ;) 8-)

    Cheers mate,
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    Well it was the KKTO that tipped me over the edge. Ive been hanging around these parts for what must be a few years now, been along to watch barista comps, and spent many an afternoon over the years lurking around veneziano after closing sampling competition roasts as they progressed (not that I had much idea what I was tasting).
    To be honest even after hanging out here for such a period I hadnt really considered home roasting since the cost of a commercial roaster seemed prohibitive for what you got (we go through almost a kilo a week so I wanted to be able to do decent batch sizes) and the corretto style roaster just never really got my creative juices flowing. When I saw the KKTO though, I knew I had to build one myself. The math on the cost of beans meant it was going to pay for itself very quickly, and doing my own roast is quicker than a trip to buy beans so its a time saver too.
    So, fewer than 10 roasts in & Im hooked. Looking forward to pouncing on the next bean bay & picking up a few different beans to try.

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    Freshness, flavour, control over what is going in my cup.

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    Curiosity. To see if i could do it. Glad to know in the end it is very much do-able for anyone.
    The smells, the sight of beans changing colour, the pain of learning, and the taste...makes one feel very much alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 654A43415669454A45434149414A50240 link=1211177202/77#77 date=1259058706
    Cause I use a KKTO and not an old pot
    thats one way to get that earthy taste.... :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7D797E7F160 link=1211177202/36#36 date=1211887958
    Greg, Im glad you asked this question. *I was asked it once before but the question went along the lines of "Why do you roast your own coffee - have you got too much time on your hands?".
    I thought this was a good reply to folks that say this...
    Too much time on his hands

    I started roasting after my brother told me of his efforts to roast with a popper and also a pan. *I liked the science there as well as the variety and cost savings. *That was last year and Im roasting bi-weekly for my wife and I and also my mom. *Im getting good results but could do better. *Id like to get the CoffeeSnobs data logging thermometer.

    I also like sharing with friends. I dig on cooking and this is another way to prepare something to share with friends. Bit of a visceral experience that can bet shared which stimulates a few senses.

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    I wonder if my wife realises that shes about to lose her bread maker, or that my father in law will soon be missing his heat gun? Was nice knowing you all.

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    One moment, I was sipping a COE latte at Brother Baba Budan in Melbournes CBD, the next I recognised a friend I hadnt seen for a decade (and a long time CS member). I told him I was thinking of buying an entry-level Sunbeam... maybe spending up to $200. He sold me his Saeco Via Venezia the next weekend (hed moved on to a VBM).

    When I went round to pick it up, he showed off his Coretto and roasted me 500gms of Ethiopian goodness. I thought Id never bother roasting my own, but it was just brilliant coffee.

    After about a month of buying Seven Seeds roasted coffee, I started reading the CS posts on roasting with a popper. By the end of the weekend Id ordered my first couple of kilos of green beans, bought a Breville popper off e-bay and was on my way!!!

    About 9 months on, Ill never quit roasting cause:
    1) Its cheap
    2) Theres so many great green beans to choose from and my coffee tastes have grown so much sampling Ethiopian Yirgacheffes and Gambella Sundrieds, Indonesian Goya Mountains, Nicaraguan Los Altos and Peru Ceja de Selva (two of my absolute favourites), and COEs from El Salvador and Nicaragua. And theres so many more to go!!!
    3) Its fun!

    The only thing Ive got to stop is my 3 year old daughter raiding my stash of beans and spilling a kilo everywhere as she tries to measure out a batch or two to roast herself!


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    To embrace my inner geek initially.

    But it opened a new world of flavour.

    Offer people a reasonable coffee and they are suddenly your new best friend.

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    Looks delicious Gary at G - I am excited about getting into roasting, just gotta wait for my bank balance to recover before I buy some roasting equipment!



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    Thanks Gary S.

    Roasting your own adds another dimension to the whole coffee enjoyment and experience.

    Theres plenty of CSers right thru this country who will be willing to help you along the way.

    Maybe cu on Sunday, not Saturday. Dates changed.

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    Gary S, if you have $52 - the cheapest way to start is:

    1 - get onto beanbay and buy a starter pack $32
    1 - go down to Kmart and buy a popper $20
    2 - take it home, put in some green beans and start roasting

    Youll never look back ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4F545D4C594F54555A48594E3C0 link=1211177202/91#91 date=1296127504
    2 - go down to Kmart and buy a popper $20
    Or even less. They were $12 recently. I assume they still have some stock.

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    I think I have caught the roasting addiction.* I recently upgraded from my poppers to a Behmor.* After putting my snout in the Beanbay trough this month my girlfriend says I now spend way too much time at night sitting in my man cave transfixed by my roaster spinning around and then come back in smelling of roasting smoke and with chaff confetti in my hair.* But she does love the coffee...

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    wow! after reading this, seems that home roasting brings the coffee experience to a whole new level of enjoyment and satisfaction! Looks like Im gonna get into it soon!!! Thanks for the inspiration guys! =)

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    Why do I roast at home? Well, I dont - yet. But I will in a few days :)

    I dont drink a lot of coffee but I like a nice cup, which unfortunately isnt easy to come by. This is mostly because I dont care much for espresso (pretty much the only kind you find in cafes around here), but rather prefer the plunger style or better yet coffee brewed right in the cup. The coffee Ive been making at home always suffered from lack of freshness. There simply isnt a grind I can buy that tastes good for the whole week or so it takes my wife and me to finish it.

    So I decided to take it to the next level and ordered a grinder. From now on it would be whole beans only for us :)

    Then, while researching grinders, I stumbled across all those sites (including this one) that kept talking about home roasting - using a popcorn maker of all things. Since Ive got a suitable one in the cupboard I decided to give it a try, go the whole way and learn to make coffee from green beans.

    So thats where Im at right now. Im going to order the BeanBay starter pack and get cracking (hah!). The whole idea appeals to me very much, as a hobby it seems to have a fairly low entry fee, and hey, who cant fit in just another little obsession?

    Even before joining this site has provided me with heaps of useful advice and information. Im looking forward to what else Im going to discover!

    Cheers
    Steffen.

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Hi all, I signed up recently and thought this would be a good place to introduce myself.

    I roast my own because I like the process. Not just the roasting process itself, but the iterative process as I progress from roast to roast. Im always trying to improve my profiles, or my method or my equipment. I really like the fact the I can do it all on the cheap. Bread maker is borrowed (from the kitchen - lives in the garage now, haha) heat gun is borrowed (from my dad), I just use pizza trays for cooling, etc.* The only bit of kit Ive actually gone out and bought for roasting is my temp. probe, and that was surprisingly cheap.

    I wont skimp on beans, though. Has to be highscoring stuff, most recent crop, otherwise how do I know if Im tasting flawed coffee or flawed roasting?

    Anyhow, thats me. I really like the attitude of the locals here on CS and plan to be spending more time here.

    Steve, in Cape Town, SA

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Cant believe I havnt put in my second crack on this topic...

    Firstly because I ran into a certain Mr Freeman and his poppers at celebrate the bean a couple of years ago and found how simple it could be

    Then I realised to home roast it works out quite a bit cheaper to buy good greens and roast yourself

    Thirdly I quickly learnt that it was a hell of a lot of fun, even if I had to clean up chaff from all over the kitchen after roasting *inside* with a popper

    Lastly now that ive been behmoring beans for many months I actually find it quite relaxing watching my beans tumble around and leaving a house smelling of fresh roast once a week

    And just recently ive started selling to someone at work who is really enjoying my beans

    The fact that we have such a good community on here makes it even more fun, easy to share ideas and improve techniques (Mal im looking at you and your P4 idea, its working really really well for me :P )

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2139233E222528333E38510 link=1211177202/97#97 date=1304422968
    roasting *inside* with a popper
    Nothing wrong with roasting inside, I did 4 lots this afternoon, all with a waiting time of only 10 or so minutes between roasts 8-)

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Quote Originally Posted by 2D352F322E29243F32345D0 link=1211177202/97#97 date=1304422968
    (Mal im looking at you and your P4 idea, its working really really well for me :P )
    Glad to hear it phrosty and youre most welcome mate.... ;)

    Mal.

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