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    I bought a gene cafe that came with some elephant hill beans any roasting methods would be appreciated. My first batch is 125 grams.....preheat 6 minutes at 180.... ramped it up tp 230 .....first crack heard after 5 minutes .....dropped it to 220 for another 3 minutes.. removed the beans and cooled them in a fan.
    Any ideas? Was my method way off?........ thanks
    ps Did I outsmart myself?

    Tastes just ok, anyone have different method?
    Last edited by ecostrands; 22nd February 2020, 08:17 AM.

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    Welcome ecostrands
    I can't help with Gene specifics, but maybe reading & contributing to this thread might be a place to start?

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/home-roas...own-apart.html

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      Thank you for the reply and information, I had another taste 25 th roasted 22nd and my wife was positive but did state that is was somewhat mild. I guess I could have gone a extra minute.....

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        ecostrands: There are heaps of threads on here with suggested profiles for Gene Cafe, have a good read. Roughly speaking I usually do no preheat and a 230 degrees until first crack and drop the heat to 210 and a bit lower. I usually roast 250 gram batches or 275 grams max in Gene Cafe. I don't have any of my roast notes handy so can't help with actual times for first crack and end of roast.

        Depending if you are roasting for espresso or pourover/aeropress you may want to consider how dark you want to roast.

        What you could do as well is weigh the beans before and after you roast calculate your moisture loss. I was often in the 13-15% range and I was doing medium-dark to dark roasts.

        There is a CoffeeSnobs colour scale CS9 etc have a look at this thread https://coffeesnobs.com.au/home-roas...-roasting.html I usually roast CS7/CS8 as I like a pretty dark roast. This can be a good reference and one of the nice things about the Gene Cafe is it is easy to see the colour of the beans while roasting due to the clear roasting chamber.

        Another good thread to checkout is https://coffeesnobs.com.au/home-roas...ster-week.html have a look as some of the roast profiles, pictures and tasting notes to see where your tastes lie. There are heaps of people tips in this thread with different roasters.

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        • #5
          Thanks, I figured that I need to keep all this quite simple to start and play with bean varieties just ordered some Ethiopian Gambella, Colombian Volcan and Indonesia West Java this is probably enough for me. I endeavour to start with some roasts on the mild side and work towards what works

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ecostrands View Post
            Thanks, I figured that I need to keep all this quite simple to start and play with bean varieties just ordered some Ethiopian Gambella, Colombian Volcan and Indonesia West Java this is probably enough for me. I endeavour to start with some roasts on the mild side and work towards what works
            The thread that was at the top of this sub-forum was, by chance, about roasting on the Gene (though with an obscure name 'Beans Blown Apart'). Some tips there. For me 228 degrees til FC, drop to 226 at that point is a fair start.

            https://coffeesnobs.com.au/home-roas...own-apart.html

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