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  • For me, it's the flavor -- nothing compares to freshly-roasted beans. Having the ability to inspect the beans before roasting also helps. Roasting hides many of the bean defects, but with green beans you can easily remove them before roasting.

    Frankly speaking I also find it to be quite satisfying, like preparing a good steak. Getting a nice steak at a restaurant is nice, but making your own at home is somehow much more satisfying and enjoyable.

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    • Welcome to CS cofficionado. What do you use for a roaster in the, soon to be, Great White North?


      Java "Minne what?" phile
      Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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      • Because it's messy and I like messy

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        • Nothing beats the freshness and aroma of freshly roasted beans. Plus you can experiment with variety of beans, mixing and finding a new taste.

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          • Simple economics.
            $15/kg to home roast versus $45/kg for the equivalent micro-roast.
            At 1kg per month that is a saving of $360/year which justifies most home roaster kits (especially the coretto)

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            • I want to do it as a job and it is the best way to gain knowledge, experience and skill.

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              • I think coffee beans you've roasted yourself. Home-roasted coffee beans are fresher and have flavor complexities not found in store-bought coffee.

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                • Originally posted by Dr._V View Post
                  Simple economics.
                  $15/kg to home roast versus $45/kg for the equivalent micro-roast.
                  At 1kg per month that is a saving of $360/year which justifies most home roaster kits (especially the coretto)

                  lol.
                  For the last two months I've been saying to everyone that will listen that it was a lot cheaper to home roast.

                  I just did the maths. My costs have stayed exactly the same....! My intake has doubled.

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                  • While waiting for the Grim Reaper.....what better activity is there? ..Seriously, I am retired and have time so I started out with a heat gun and a bread machine.
                    Next up was a heat gun and flour sifter. Coffee has improved quite a bit. Waiting for a Behmor 1600 Plus to arrive.
                    Not into software programs....keeping it simple.
                    I have found out after many drams.....that the best whiskey is the one in your hand. Same goes for coffee...if I do my part and learn to get proper roasts
                    on a consistent basis...I will be happy as Larry.
                    I have no doubts that software and data recording is great...just not my interest. Hope to learn much from you good folks.

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                    • I've come in here a bit late, but.....

                      Simply, home roasting gives me a product that is virtually unobtainium in the commercial world.

                      Bonuses incude a happy wife, visits from family for a proper coffee, and neighbours walking around sniffing at the air delighting in the magnificent odours.

                      Bad stuff is setting fire to a roast (yep, it went exothermic!) and the occasional yuck roast. One reason for blending has now become totally clear!

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                      • Started very much with economy in mind: did the sums and figured it would be cheaper for me over time, and I always love learning new skills and had always wondered "how are the beans really roasted?". Started off with a popcorn maker, added a temperature probe, but found the results hard to control. Realised I was really enjoying the whole process, so did some more sums and ended up with the Behmor, which I love. Moving interstate meant adjusting my roasting a bit more. In all, it's a great process of discovery, much like honing my cooking skills.

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                        • I always liked good coffee. Being from Germany where it is traditional to have coffee and cake on Sunday afternoons with family and friends I grew up in a very nice coffee drinking culture. In my family coffee was mostly filtered coffee from one of the main German roaster (Eduscho, Tchibo, Melitta or Jacobs). Later I bought myself a small Saeco espresso machine with pressurised basked and I started to 'experiment' with different coffees and grinds, still mostly off the shelf Lavazza or Illy
                          When I moved to Australia in I left my Saeco behind and bought a Sunbeam EM9610. In search for coffee I came across the Coffee Snobs Bean Bay and ordered a pack of the Espresso Wow and indeed I was wowed. I never had coffee at home like this before. Seeing that green beans where much cheaper than roasted and the Behmor roaster was available I quickly crunched the numbers and it was an easy decision.
                          And once I got started I discovered the fun part of it. It very satisfying to drink a cup of coffee thinking I have roasted this. I am from a good food loving family and now having my own family we are keeping on with the tradition :-). Most of the time we cook from scratch, I make my own sourdough and bake my own bread and our son in year 11 does a TAFE hospitality course in high school.
                          Saying all this, roasting my own coffee just fits in with us.
                          Last edited by mipl; 22nd August 2018, 04:06 PM.

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                          • Just roasted up some Ethopian Naturals are a break for a few months...makes you appreciate good coffee. Cheers

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                            • Never thought of ever roasting. I poke to a work colleague who told me about this site, so here I am.
                              I've just picked up a popcorn maker, now off to order some beans...
                              I feel like I should compose a quick journal on how I felt prior, during, and after roasting.

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                              • Welcome "gablagos"...

                                There's a bit of a learning curve but loads of fun once you get a handle on the dynamics of your particular setup. Have a read through this thread to give you a bit of a head start...
                                https://coffeesnobs.com.au/roasters/...ng-popper.html

                                Mal.

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