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    Hi All, this is my first thread about roastering. Two years ago I came across this grill by some flea market and since then I use it weekly to roaster Costa Rica Tarrazu.
    It roasters perfectly 500 gr. green beans in 50 minutes. I make much better shots (Cimbali) then with any other pre-roasterd coffee I can buy in Portugal.
    I wonder if any of you ever used this grill for roastering. If so please share your experiences. See picture.
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  • #2
    Hi Valimar, great to see you are enjoying your coffee roasting! 50 minutes is a very long roast time, are you able to apply more heat to the beans and shorten the roast time to around the 15-18 minute mark, you would get a lot better result, the longer roast tends to bake instead of roast the beans.
    happy roasting
    cheers gman


    • #3
      Maybe he does his chips at the same time (sorry couldn't resist).

      FYI I find it incredible how many different devices people use to roast beans with. What's next? someone should try putting some on top of the engine manifold with the engine running @ 2k rpm (for agitation)... - Joking again btw.


      • #4
        Hi Valimar,
        it would be interesting to see how it would go with 100g of coffee instead of 500g.
        I expect you will get a far more even roast and the flavour should be better too.

        I would suggest lowering the weight until you can get a roast finished in 20 minutes odd and see how that compares to what you are doing now.


        • #5
          Yes, I agree 50 minutes is long but it comes because I like dark roast and it's not possible to change the temperature. I'm going to try Andy's sugestion and roast less amount of coffee! I think is a good idea!


          • #6
            Originally posted by valimar View Post
            I'm going to try Andy's sugestion and roast less amount of coffee! I think is a good idea!
            Yep, He's very useful like that. Please let us know how you go.


            • #7
              Andy and greenman, thanks for your advise! You were right! I roast 100 gr of my Costa Rica and in about 10 minutes I had the first crack!
              Next time I will increase the weight till I reach the 15/18 minutes mark. 100gr is just enough for a couple of days!!!
              Now I am curious if I will find any difference in tast...