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    Hi everyone,

    I want to start trying to roast the bean at home. However, i dont know how to start? Do i really need to purchase a roaster? Or can i just use my oven at home?

    Also, i want ask is a roaster really do a better job than the oven and popcorn machine? I only use max 250g of coffee bean a week.

  • #2
    Re: How should i start?

    Pan roasting in an oven does not work very well.

    Might I suggest you start by reading these threads:

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1154442377
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1174699442


    Java "Roasting made easy" phile
    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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    • #3
      Re: How should i start?

      For 250g a week a popper is probably all you need, but you should consider the coffee snobs "coretto" method, eg a bread maker and heat gun.
      You can easily do 500+ gram roasts, you get great control and most here would agree that the results equal that of commercially made home roasters.

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      • #4
        Re: How should i start?

        Sound like i have i invest some money to get a descent roast~~Thx anyway. Ill have a read of those two thread first and see how it goes.

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        • #5
          Re: How should i start?

          Originally posted by sugilun link=1194268033/0#3 date=1194315694
          Sound like i have i invest some money to get a descent roast
          Not at all. I spent $20 on a used dodgy breadmaker and $45 on a used pro heat gun. You could probably do better than that, at least on the heat gun... $50 or so barely makes a dent in your coffee budget.

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          • #6
            Re: How should i start?

            I started with a popper and it worked well but you are limited to 100-150g at a time, I graduated to a Corretto when my popper died and it is great. I roast 400-500g at a time now and get nice even roasts and it is easy to do......................

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            • #7
              Re: How should i start?

              Yep Id agree

              After using my corretto setup, I find it hard to come up with a good reason why I would use my popper again!

              At least the kids have their popcorn maker back! 8-)

              Andrew

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              • #8
                Re: How should i start?

                See my story and picture on thread "cheap modified corretto"
                Before this I used the same heat gun, but put 300-400 g of beans in a stainless steel bowl. I donned my Ipod, listened to the radio ( just loud enough so I could hear the bean cracks) and stirred with a metal whisk for up to 15 mionutes. I put on leather gloves, and cooled the roast by pouring the beans between two metal colanders in front of a fan on high speed.
                It was a simple, cheap and effective setup, albeit labour intensive....but It was still far preferable for me than the popper, which rarely gets used these days.
                Gary

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                • #9
                  Re: How should i start?

                  Originally posted by Secksy link=1194268033/0#6 date=1194387679
                  After using my corretto setup, I find it hard to come up with a good reason why I would use my popper again!
                  Thats what I thought initially too Andrew,

                  As it turns out though, they come in handy for when I need to "test" roast some small batches of a new bean or a new crop of an old favourite, just to make sure I get the main roast right when the batch sizes get upped to 600-900g in the Corretto. I wouldnt pass them on, just yet....

                  Mal.

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                  • #10
                    Re: How should i start?

                    just wondering which brand is gd and cheap (Both heat gun and breadmaker). Also how do i cool the bean if i use the coretto method?

                    So i have to spend around a hundred for this setting?

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                    • #11
                      Re: How should i start?

                      Thats a fair point Mal...I didnt think of that!

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                      • #12
                        Re: How should i start?

                        Hi Sugilun

                        Second hand Sunbeam Bakehouse Compact - $29
                        New Ozito heat gun - $30
                        Pedestal fan - $15
                        Enjoying my own freshly roasted beans - PRICELESS 8-)

                        Andrew


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                        • #13
                          Re: How should i start?

                          A popper is about $20 - $30 wherever you get it from.

                          A thermocouple etc is about $25.

                          All up the cost is about $60.

                          Its how I started.

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                          • #14
                            Re: How should i start?

                            I started with a popper and never used a temperature probe with it.
                            No problems with that setup what so ever.

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                            • #15
                              Re: How should i start?

                              just wondering, where can i buy second hand bread maker?

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