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Thread: Cowboy coffee! Pan, billy, hammer on an open fire.

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    Cowboy coffee! Pan, billy, hammer on an open fire.

    Sunday afternoon and we had a BBQ lunch... what better time to try the Handy Roaster on an open fire.

    Need:
    Pan Roaster
    Green Beans
    Fire
    Hammer
    Billy.

    Directions:
    1: Place a few big handfuls of coffee into the pan (200g odd).
    2: Agitate over a redgum fire. (coals are better than flame)
    3: First crack is easy to hear. When coffee is a good colour remove from heat.
    4: Place beans in the billy and smash with the handle of the hammer.
    5: Add water, simmer (don't boil)
    6: Strain and serve.

    It was pretty good. Obviously you could improve on the process but the result was surprisingly nice and everyone came back for a second cup.

    I guess you could also use a LPG BBQ or a gas burner but there is something more (caveman?) romantic about using a wood fire to roast coffee.

    Great fun too.

    Dr_Mahn_Handy_Roaster1.jpgDr_Mahn_Handy_Roaster2.jpgDr_Mahn_Handy_Roaster3.jpg

    FYI: We are selling these at cost as an intro to home roasting for just $80 including beans and freight anywhere in Australia. Available in BeanBay now.

    I'm looking forward to seeing others results too.

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    I like it Andy, certainly back to basics.

    We sometimes become so wrapped up in technology that we forget just how simple roasting and brewing coffee can be, well done.

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    ...and that was EXACTLY my thoughts yesterday too.

    This was coffee at it's most basic form and for everyone to to drink it black and come back for a second cup I was impressed.
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    Love it! Right up my alley!

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    This will be a welcome addition to my camping ritual. I can't wait to try this out on my camping companions, and especially to see their reactions.

    On the basis that everything in the camping gear should have two uses, my hammer will now be a coffee grinder as well as a tent peg driver.

    I fear a discussion thread starting on this topic. Wood versus fibreglass hammer handle?, enamel versus stainless steel coffee pot?, hand full of coffee - from significant other's dainty hand, or from cowboy's gnarled paw? How much egg to be included to settle fines? Discussion of total dissolved solids should be limited to any bull dust blown into the pot.

    Congratulations Andy for putting together this package. My cheque, er order, is in the mail.
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    Kinda like this setup Andy.
    Ozito heat gun
    Cast iron camp pot
    EBay temp gun
    BBQ burner
    Pliers to move pot
    Long wooden spoon

    Works great have roasted all my coffee this way but without the heat gun for the first 3kg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Sunday afternoon and we had a BBQ lunch... what better time to try the Handy Roaster on an open fire.

    Need:
    Pan Roaster
    Green Beans
    Fire
    Hammer
    Billy.

    Directions:
    1: Place a few big handfuls of coffee into the pan (200g odd).
    2: Agitate over a redgum fire. (coals are better than flame)
    3: First crack is easy to hear. When coffee is a good colour remove from heat.
    4: Place beans in the billy and smash with the handle of the hammer.
    5: Add water, simmer (don't boil)
    6: Strain and serve.

    It was pretty good. Obviously you could improve on the process but the result was surprisingly nice and everyone came back for a second cup.

    I guess you could also use a LPG BBQ or a gas burner but there is something more (caveman?) romantic about using a wood fire to roast coffee.

    Great fun too.

    Dr_Mahn_Handy_Roaster1.jpgDr_Mahn_Handy_Roaster2.jpgDr_Mahn_Handy_Roaster3.jpg

    FYI: We are selling these at cost as an intro to home roasting for just $80 including beans and freight anywhere in Australia. Available in BeanBay now.

    I'm looking forward to seeing others results too.
    I could just imagine the old cowboys / American civil war participents sitting around the fire after a hard day in the field preparing their coffee this way. In fact for those that are not aware some rifle models actually had coffee grinders in the stock.

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    I am considering getting this to roast my coffee, is this one of the better option than to roast on your pan?
    i have been getting good result (based on my judgement against premium beans I got from local roasters) but want yup my game without investing in proper roaster etc....
    cheers!!!

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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    I got the handy roaster a couple of months ago and was roasting with my Gasmate portable butane stove with very poor results.

    On the verge of giving up (and seriously considering the Behmor roaster), I decided to give it another go with a different stove. If anyone is keen to try it out, the Spinifex portable butane stove works very well (it seems to have the highest BTU at around 10,800). This gives me time to save up for the Behmor...
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