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    Why do you home roast?

    To save money? cos pre-roasted aint fresh enough for you? For me, theres a heap more variety available in green than roasted, and since I dont go through enormous quantities of the stuff it makes sense to keep it as green and roast it as required. The economic argument was good to start with and I guess it holds true but its not the main reason for me now Im starting to appreciate the variety and the different flavours with different rest times etc. I suppose its also just coming to understand another part of the process a bit better.

    Im actually finding the process of roasting quite relaxing - theres not much else you can do except sit down, watch the beans tumble, listen for snap, crackle and pop and (if youre like me) record the temperature points at each minute - its quite a mesmerising experience in some ways, the constant movement of the beans, the constant hum of the drum motor and the regular tinkle of the beans. While the kids are asleep on a Saturday my wife will sometimes sit with me out on the back verandah reading while I roast and just chat as we wish. A nice change from rushing around with hectic schedules!

    How about you?

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    I started out of curiosity and a spare popcorn machine sitting in the cupboard, a CS starter pack and say no more....Corretto roaster, multitudes of green beans to choose from.
    I enjoy being able to create my own blends and so roasts and enjoy them at different stages after they have been roasted. The quality of the beans that Andy offers to us is amazing, I have so many beans I love I couldnt really say my all-time favourite as it changes all the time.
    I love getting out in the garage (my haven) and savouring the aromas and smoke from roasting beans, my wife left her washing hanging in there last week and the sheets had a rather nutty smell to them!!
    Economy of home roasting is also a consideration--but freshness and uniqueness are number one factor for me.

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    Interesting question.

    Why do I do it? Theres so much good brown stuff around - if you know where to look ;). So why do I spend so much time and money turning green beans brown?

    Honestly, I started because I was curious to see if I could do it.

    But I got hooked. So many variables. Origin, varietal, roast profile, blending ...

    A delightful fusion of science and art. Its just too interesting, and the results too enjoyable, to stop. :D

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    All of the above for me especially the relaxing part that Greg mentioned
    It must be that campfire feeling

    I have just started the roasters road so I have many roasts ahead of me So my good and trying times are ahead of me.
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    Good question, Greg.

    Im pretty much in the same boat as Michelle. I do a bit of home roasting, a bit of roasting on a commercial sample roaster, take home some coffee from work and I am given or buy other coffee. Home roast probably only accounts for 1/4 of my consumption or less.

    Frankly, I dont find cash to be a very compelling argument for home roasting. Even at the uni student wages that I command, I think that I probably come out even or behind on home roasting, especially if I take my usual course of doing a few different profiles for a given origin to get it right, rather than drinking all of the experimental roasts. Not to mention the whole headache of creating a stash of everything that I actually want at the right level of freshness to create the exact blend that Im shooting for. Far better bang for your buck, in my mind, to go to a brilliant roaster, pick up some beans and shoot the breeze over an espresso.

    I home roast purely for the challenge of it and to learn more about coffee. Im often left thinking "hey, why dont pro roasters ..." and home roasting gives me a chance to experiment with it. Often the answer is "because it tastes bad," but I still consider the experiment a success!

    Given that most coffee in Australia is roasted for espresso, I find that home roasting is particularly good for exploring filter, syphon and french press. If you want to try a particular origin more or less at first crack, there is basically no other way to do it. To this end, I think that I might pick up a popper for the faster and brighter roasts and the smaller batches.

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    I kind of started out by accident.
    I used to work in the city (in Melbourne) near the Victoria market and bought my browns from there.
    I was happy. I didnt know any better.

    When I stopped working in the city, I found I was making special trips in to get coffee which was making it quite expensive. I began searching on-line in 2002 for a roasted bean retailer. I came across an article on how to roast your own in a popcorn popper. This was on a now defunct green bean website.
    So I bought some and got hooked.

    A little while later when the website was faltering, I found Coffee Snobs and really got into the green beans.

    I bought an Imex. Managed to kill it a few months later, bought another Imex (still works),

    Then someones friend was fabricating SS drums for roasting and I thought "Hmmm.. that sounds like a good idea. So the drum became my primary roasting method.

    I love the chance to try so much variety.
    I too find the roasting process quite a relaxing time.
    I get a lot of appreciative comments from any guests who have coffee at our place.
    I get to share the roasted results with others.

    I dont think it is a cost saving. Certainly not the way I do it anyhow.

    Home roasting currently accounts for 100% of my consumption as Im not even buying coffee whilst at work now.

    In short, I cant see the hobby stopping anytime soon.


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    More or less for the same reasons cited above....

    I guess it mostly comes down to the fact that I "need to know", a very common human condition. Started off with poppers like a lot us do and when control of these roasts in the batch sizes I needed became more difficult, I jumped at the chance to set up a Corretto roaster after Belindas original inspiring post.

    Have never looked back since and really happy to have discovered home roasting..... Also led me to becoming a member of CoffeeSnobs too and that has been a very enjoyable and satisfying experience for me 8-).

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    Eventhough I roast at work from morning til night roasting, weighing, packing, and doing it all over again, lugging 60kg beasties all over the place, sticking a brush up the flue, sometimes I go home, don a beanie, freeze my knees watching beans in a popper and go to bed smelling like toast.
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    My reasons in order of importance:
    Bean freshness
    Roast level
    Variety of beans available
    its fun and challenging part of the perfect cup of coffee
    saving a bit of money

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    and go to bed smelling like toast
    Check for essence of home roaster at the perfume counter of your favourite department store. CoffeeSnobs will pass you in the street and offer a nod and wink knowing that you care about what you find in your cup.

    We really need a secret handshake!

    For me...

    Curiosity started the ball rolling.
    Initial quality was surprisingly great
    Then it was the challenge to better it, to perfect it.
    ...and forever more I will roast in search of the perfect cup.

    I now see it is a life-long journey (if you want it to be)

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    Re: Why do you home roast?

    Many similar reasons to above.

    I actually posted here in the early days that I couldnt see myself doing it.

    I was buying my roasted beans from Hazel and not at that stage seeing any need to chamge that.
    I wasnt working and had the time to pop in whenever I needed more coffee and HAzel was always up for a chat and I learned a lot every time I visited.

    Eventually though I could see that once I found work my coffee needs would not be met as easily so I ventured into home roasting.

    Chats with Hazel now had another subject to explore.

    The price factor helped convince the better half but isnt a consideration now.

    I enjoy being able to say I roasted the beans that someone is enjoying in a coffee Ive made.

    One day when my two plants produce a crop I hope to be able say Ive processed it from beginning to end.

    Ive been learning martial arts for over 30 years and learning coffee for only a few now and just like Andy I can see this is a life-long journey too.

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    I got hooked after my first popper roast. I cant really say what it was, other than the taste. Maybe its like home-made bread. Maybe its being part of the process.

    The wide variety sure helps, but Mark Barun keeps a huge range. Its a bit cheaper (or it will be when Ive finally paid for the Gene Cafe!).

    I suspect that a major contributor is the fact that Im learning something new, enjoying the product, and getting it closer to MY ideal than anyone else.

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    ps--its fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle link=1211177202/0#2 date=1211178391
    ... a delightful fusion of science and art. Its just too interesting, and the results too enjoyable, to stop. *:D
    Thankyou Michelle - succinct, yet comprehensive ;)

    I believe youve captured the why factor ... well, for me anyway.

    Why do I home roast Greg? The challenge, & the consequent learning curve.

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    Ive really only done one roast with a popper ages ago.

    I havent done anyhting since. Its more a time thing - as in, I dont have any yet. Ive been putting all my efforts into producing the best espressos I can with some of the best (already roasted by people who know what theyre doing) beans around... I DEFINITELY will get into it. Ive already got some bits and pieces lined up for a Corretto. Thatll probably happen within 6 months time. The reason why I want to start is to get well aquainted with the whole process of the coffee making experience first hand. The finance thing isnt an issue..... especially when Ive got my eye on a 2kg roaster (dreaming).

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    Why?

    Well I love the result!!!
    I love to experiment (Popper, corretto, attempting to PID a corretto, home made drum roaster - with and without PID, and now a Hottop with PID)
    I love trying for that "perfect roast" using knowledge from here and technology to assist.....
    Its a great adjunct to my coffee passion....

    and, most of all, WHY NOT????? ;) ;D ;D ;D

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    Excellent thread, Greg.

    I find it interesting that home roasting isnt more widespread. Most people I know love a good cup of coffee (although whether a lot of them really KNOW a good cup of coffee... thats another topic), yet very few people are even aware that you can roast your own beans. Hell, 12 months ago I didnt know you could. And the reactions when people find out I home roast are intriguing - from "Wow, thats cool, how do you do it?" (love that response) to a sideways look that makes it obvious they think Im crazy (ha ha, thats OK too ;D).

    A big draw for me was that its one more step in the process of creating something that my wife and I really enjoy, its more "organic" (sorry- cliche buzz word alert). Theres a romanticism in taking the raw produce of the wilds of Ethiopia or Peru or Yemen, etc and turning it into beautiful, freshly roasted beans. The process of roasting I find therapeutic and soothing (as long as nothing breaks down or someone wants me on the phone as Im coming to second crack >:(). Ive always enjoyed cooking, but this is better (now if we could just subsist on coffee alone...).

    Obviously the low cost of doing it with a makeshift setup (Corretto) is a draw, as well as not having to order roasted beans every 2 weeks. And the smell (should I say "aroma") that greets me every time I open the pantry cupboard and see the bulging little valve bags... ::).

    Loving it! Greg.

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    Simply because I CAN *;D

    But seriously, i used to purchase brown beans from a shop at the vic market that roasted on site, beans were OK and i was grinding for either an espresso stove pot or filter.

    My work colleague gave me some from a professional roaster a few doors up from his dads work and even then the quality was much better.

    He then told me about green beans so i got on the net and found coffee snobs and read all about popper roasting.
    I got the number of the roaster and had a chat and bought some greens and have been doing it ever since.

    About the same time i bought my Giotto and i really got into the swing of things.

    Chucked the popper into the back of the cupboard as a poor cousin when i read about the corretto and jumped into that boots N all and have never looked back.

    Its certainly never been a cost issue, but more about achieving better results and playing about with flavours. It has also help to expand the coffee tast of SWMBO who is nearly onto a "no instant coffee" wave length but not quite there yet.

    Having this forum certainly helped me stay with it, i am sure if i had read of the idea and tried to get it going i would have given up after a little while if i was on my own.

    Mal (knee deep in greens)

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    I do it for the thrill of what will come out of the cup. I make each roast of the same bean a little different.

    I also do it for the pleasure of being involved in the process from green bean to the cup.

    And all thanks to Andy and the starter packs. I still remember the day they arrived and I pulled out the popper that cold winters night.

    Ive heard the term life long journey used in this thread and thats exactly what I said to my wife earlier this evening about my home roasting.

    All in all, its such a rewarding experience for the trouble we go to.

    Javabeen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregJW link=1211177202/15#15 date=1211198623
    Excellent thread, Greg.

    I find it interesting that home roasting isnt more widespread. Most people I know love a good cup of coffee (although whether a lot of them really KNOW a good cup of coffee... thats another topic), yet very few people are even aware that you can roast your own beans. Hell, 12 months ago I didnt know you could. And the reactions when people find out I home roast are intriguing - from "Wow, thats cool, how do you do it?" (love that response) to a sideways look that makes it obvious they think Im crazy (ha ha, thats OK too ;D).

    A big draw for me was that its one more step in the process of creating something that my wife and I really enjoy, its more "organic" (sorry- cliche buzz word alert). Theres a romanticism in taking the raw produce of the wilds of Ethiopia or Peru or Yemen, etc and turning it into beautiful, freshly roasted beans. The process of roasting I find therapeutic and soothing (as long as nothing breaks down or someone wants me on the phone as Im coming to second crack *>:(). Ive always enjoyed cooking, but this is better (now if we could just subsist on coffee alone...).

    Obviously the low cost of doing it with a makeshift setup (Corretto) is a draw, as well as not having to order roasted beans every 2 weeks. And the smell (should I say "aroma") that greets me every time I open the pantry cupboard and see the bulging little valve bags... ::).

    Loving it! Greg.
    Nicely put Greg ... keep your passion alive mate ;)

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    Others have well covered my reasons for home roasting, though I can add:

    - It satisfies my inner geek; I love tinkering with and modifying home made gadgets
    - The satisfaction of doing it myself
    - The convenience of not having to buy beans every week from one of only a few sources I really liked
    - The sense of involvement in the creation of something great
    - Curiosity, the discovery of "what happens if ...?"
    - Being able to drink my favourite blends/origins, none of which are easily obtainable commercially
    - The smells that linger in my garage are better than most other smells in my home

    The lower cost wasnt a great motivation in getting started, but it is a great justification to keep going (as if I needed one).

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    Nice one Michelle

    A delightful fusion of science and art. Its just too interesting, and the results too enjoyable, to stop.

    Very similar to others, could not believe you could roast coffee in a popcorn popper.
    In fact put myself off Kenya A for along time with my 8min roasts in the popper (bright was too nicer word for it).
    Then to Hottop and more recently Corretto (Corretto Rocks) and yes there is a good Hottop for sale here in NZ on TM.

    Its definately not to save money, dont even want to know costings....

    This site has fueled, inspired and justified the madness, and I now have alot more friends and all potential snobs of course.

    Good question Greg !

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    I dont think I have found anything else as creative that ticks all the boxes and satisifies all senses. *For me,..roasting beans encapsulates all senses beautifully.

    Put simply,..its a wonderfully tactile, visually appealling, aromatic, audibly soothing process, resulting in a taste sensational product. What more could you want from a hobby?

    Though the fact that I can also enjoy all of that above, in the process and in the product itself,.. plus the pleasure derived from being able to do this myself at home with relative ease, am able to enjoy the thrill of the chase so to speak and it requires little monetary outlay makes it almost...erm.... (whats another word for 0RG45M1C?) *;D

    Oh and Im currently drinking Kenya A ,..roasted in Popper and have been thinking that since it has gotten no better even 10days post roast,.. I might need to dump the 400g I have left. Never do Kenya A in a popper is my advice,I had a laugh.

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    The fact that its cheaper is only an added bonus for me, and I would have done it even if it cost a bit more. The reason I started home roasting is because it was too much of a travel for me to get freshly roasted beans every couple of weeks. Didnt want to lock myself down to another commitment of "things-to-do" in my already busy world. With home roasting, I can choose to have the quantity of beans I need when I want it... thats how it started. Now, its become a bit more of an obsession, and fascination. So many different beans, with unique differences with each bean as well as roast profiles...
    At the start, the journey wasnt as smooth, simply because I was using the Veneziano Estate beans for my daily cuppa and none of the SOs could match that for taste and flavours when roasted in a popper. Heck, none can still quite match that regardless of how I roast them. So I tried experimenting with blends to try and come close to the Estate. Gave up trying after a while and having weaned off the REALLY GOOD stuff, Im just enjoying discovering SOs at the moment.

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    Brewing a good coffee is theatre - some performances better than others, but all of them entertaining. Roasting beans at home just adds another dimension to the theatrics. Besides - Its fun-!!

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    The photo included here was taken about 70 years ago and is of my Mum at age 20, when she worked for a coffee and tea merchant in Egypt.

    When my parents moved to AU in 1950, they struggled to find the comfort foods they were used to, including freshly roasted coffee. Saturday mornings were spent travelling to Oxford St. visiting delis, fruit markets, and the sawdust covered floor of the butchery.

    Like many others of that era and background, Mum and Dad roasted coffee in the backyard using a home-made drum roaster. The aroma of coffee whenever I roast still evokes strong childhood memories.

    Over the last 7 or 8 years Ive spent a lot of time with Mum learning to recreate her food recipes, including coffee (not always easy with someone who relies on her tactile senses rather than scales, etc.).

    So, in some ways, roasting coffee connects me to some of my family traditions. As I become older I seem to place more value on that. Ive been fortunate to have a very diverse range of jobs through my life, so on a business level, becoming a coffee roaster wasnt a quantum leap by any means. Though learning the art of coffee roasting is an entirely different matter!

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    So with you Dennis its genetic.

    My parents had a café in South Grafton for the first 6 years of my life and my maternal great grandfather was Italian.
    Maybe its genetic with me too.

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    Your Mums a bit of a Looker Dennis ;) :)

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    Hi Mal,

    As Austin Powers would say.....

    "BE-HAVE!!!!"

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    What an awesome photo Den!!,.. you really should have it enlarged and framed in an antique timber frame and hung in your roastery,.. afterall it is part of the reason why you are there and would look fantastic in the roastery I would think.

    btw,.. I think your mother was stunning!

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    Thats is a truly great photo Dennis - captures the era. After just seeing the terrific BBC production Shooting the Past im right into old photos at the moment!

    I love home roasting. I do it because I enjoy coffee and making my own adds satisfaction. I would do it if it worked out more expensive than purchased roasted coffee, but I have to admit that its certainly part of the attraction that for about 1/2 to a 1/3rd of the alternative I can create my own. I also find that my family, friends and I prefer my roasts to commercial roasts so I cannot complain (having said that whilst I have tried Campos, and other speciality roasters in Brisbane, I have yet to try Andys brown beans nor anything from Pioneer up at Yandina, so I might be missing out there on a fair comparison).

    I also find that home roasting allows me to relax and totally focus on something enjoyable and to forget for half an hour about work - you get immersed in it right from working out the temp gradient that you are looking for and doing those calculations before hooking up the temp probe.

    I love the variety of beans available too - at home we like variety in our coffee and it never gets boring that way.

    Its also amusing to see peoples reaction when they have a cup and love it and rave on a little and ask where the coffee comes from and I can tell them that I roast it. I also find in that vein that coffee roasted up at home makes a great present...people seem to really like the personal touch to it.

    And finally I have found that this site has some great and generous people who conspire to make this pastime a thing of beauty :)

    Cheers

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    Ill certainly have the photo enlarged, framed, and up in the roastery in the near future.

    At 90, Mum is still stunning. Shes an avid reader, her memory is astounding, and has a great sense of humour. Unlike many older folk, she, and her conversations dont dwell in the past. Whenever people talk to Mum they tell me they always feel better about themselves.

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    Fantastic photo, Dennis. Beautifully capturing a far off time and place. And understandably close to your heart, Den.

    Quote Originally Posted by Remy link=1211177202/15#29 date=1211319610
    What an awesome photo Den!!,.. you really should have it enlarged and framed in an antique timber frame and hung in your roastery,.. afterall it is part of the reason why you are there and would look fantastic in the roastery I would think.

    btw,.. I think your mother was stunning!
    And I agree with all of that, Remy.

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    Youre mums pic is a treasure Dennis, I have been contacting my aunts and relations and have scanned their photo albums to record the early days of my family, it has been great fun and my kids have enjoyed seeing all of the old archives.

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    I havnt started home roasting yet. But i will be tomorrow after my Gene Café gets here (thanks Chris). I received my green beans today, 2.5kg of Mountain Top Estate Bin 549 Fancy and a started pack with Nicaragua high grown gold, El Salvador mirasol estate, Tanzania tanganyika AA and Indian Kappi royale.

    The reason i wanted to try roasting. My wife finding this website over the christmas holidays while searching for a new coffee machine. For the 2 nights she was away everytime she rang all i heard about was all the stuff she found on here, i think she sat at the computer none stop for the 2 days reading.
    So i decided to have a look and was amazed that you could roast yourself as i didnt think you could either. So after reading the forums for the last 4 months i have now decided to join the ranks of home roasters. Looking forward to sharing my results and learning all i can about coffee.

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of home roasting Chris, one roast and you will be hooked, it is so rewarding roasting your own beans, there is so much to learn and so much joy from the results..........good luck with your new roaster
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    Well well its been ages since Ive posted, life is hectic right now; while I havent had time for posting I still roast every week!

    For me its much the same as Gregs reasons.. but also the fact that I love the manual-ness of it (is that even a word!!!?) You know what I mean!

    I like the hands on factor, and I still roast in the pot, with a whisk, over a gas burner. Crude I know, but its so much fun and I really get a sense of ownership over my precious creations.

    I love the fresh aroma and even stop to smell my coffee when walking past the tin; the cost factor is significant for the amount of beans I consume too.

    To take it to the next level I had half a dozen trees, most of which the dogs destroyed.. but now my two remaining beauties are fruiting well and Im having a go at processing my own home grown coffee.. which of course Ill roast!

    Cheers!

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    Wow Dennis, the photo of your Mum is just pure gold. I have a similar photo of my grandparents in a store they ran but it was only your common corner store, nothing as cool as working with coffee (I dont think selling instant counts!).

    I started for similar reasons to Michelle with the curiousity of seeing what it was all about and if I could do it. I like cooking so I liken it to that. Yep, probably just goes with my obsession for yummy food!

    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 at that point it was best (for both of us!) not to go into it. But I do agree with GregJW and wonder why more people dont do it given the number of people around who love coffee. A few years back now when I did my first coffee course I was the only person who did it for enjoyment, for everyone else it was because their boss had sent them. That blew my mind.

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    When I did my course it too was for my personal benefit.
    Everyone else there was looking to get a job or their boss had sent them.

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    Great photo Dennis, I have some photos of my grand father and his family picking hops in Bushy Park Ill have to try to find them.
    I started roasting coffee because I was facitnated with peolple on this site roasting with popper.Also as a kid I spent 6 yrs growing up in Carlton and can remember the smells coming from those little italian caffes and pinball parlours around rathdowne and lygon streets.
    While it was a tough place to live i remember watching these old italian men playing this game which looked like a pinball but it was different, anyone remember these machines.

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    i started because you guys told me to!! ;D ;D

    our problem was getting fresh browns while on the road, particularly in the more remote areas we were travelling to/through, and the logical CS solution was :"why dont you roast your own?"
    Doh!!

    so, from that day on, the caravan parks we "parked -up" on were subjected to roasting-smells, at first from the Corretto, set up on the work bench of the trailer and after a while from the Gene, which roasts in the bus under the rangehood.

    apart from providing us with fresh browns of a great many varieties/blend opportunities, homeroasting allows me to be ruthless with the quality of the shot... the extremely changeable humidity environment inside the bus *can play havoc with grinder settings and bean condition and if i dont like the look of the extraction (or multiples of that while trying to find the right grind), it goes in the sink immediately, without regret.
    if i was to buy roasted coffee *$30/kg i think i would hesitate to dump shots as easy as that!

    add to that the simple fun of doing it yourself, learning as you go and meeting up with like minded people for *fantastic coffee mornings... its a wonderful *journey!

    great stuff!! ;D ;D

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    Terrific stories here, and Dennis, that photo of your mother is wonderful.

    Got me thinking - I moved up the country a few years ago from Carlton / Brunswick and, although there is one place in town that makes fairly decent coffee, I missed being able to have an espresso or capuccino whenever I felt like it. One day in a supermarket I saw an espresso machine on sale for $79.00 and thought, what is there to lose? Started getting brown beans posted to me from Lygon St. I learned the basics on that little machine until I broke it :( (It was a great little espresso maker and frothed milk quite well too.)

    So while doing research for what machine to buy (I bought an Oscar Nuova Simonelli), came across this site and bought my first beans and a popper. Work kind of got in the way before I really got into home roasting and the green beans aged for about 3 years :)

    Now Im back to home roasting and love it. The reason I do it now is so that I have freshly roasted high quality beans on hand all the time, am able to try different roasts, and the unexpected bonus is that its a wonderfully relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
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    Started with a herb garden.

    Followed with a vegie patch.

    Then I planted fruit trees.

    Next logical step was to roast my own coffee beans.

    (and two weeks ago I bought a grow your own mushroom kit which is sitting under the stairs and doing very nicely thank you very much)

    It all takes my mind off sitting in an office every day

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    I Roast, therefore I am...... ;)

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    Mal thats a wonderful play on one of my favourite quotes:

    Je crois, donc je suis.


    Now forever burned into my brain as:

    Je rôtis, donc je suis.


    Merci.

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    Yes TG, seems appropriate somehow 8-)

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    Carpe coffea? *Seems appropriate for a BeanBay day! ;D

    Or to really mix things up: Carpe rôtis ::) ;D


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    Im enjoying this thread.

    I roast cos you lot said I could... otherwise would never have thought about it.

    Years ago I had had the fun and pleasure of meeting Lance at his *Withams roastery/cafe in Waverton and it always smelt good in there and the coffee was great (not now unfortunately) but it felt like some exotic black art that was unattainable.

    After that I spent a lot of time running around trying to find nicely roasted beans that I liked and it was never convenient to fit it into my work day, and never available when I ran out. And was often stale.

    Then by accident I found CS and that was that.

    It IS a black art BUT its freely available to anyone and I can do it in my own time

    In short: I love it and cant imagine life without it.

    Many thanks All

    Robert

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    Thats a classic one liner Robert...

    "I roast cos you lot said I could... otherwise would never have thought about it."

    I think you should add that to your [Profile] footer, it sums-up why so many in our little corner of the Internet are having so much fun and getting great results.

    Enjoy!

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    At one stage I said I couldnt ever foresee me roasting.

    That changed.

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    Yeah Andy

    I get that and its true.

    Thanks CS for all the fun and wonderful smells and tastes :)

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