Count me in with my breabmaking chaff collecting hybrid if you want it.
Roger 0439 759 226
Cafe Biz is on next month and again we have the opportunity to do a home roasting demo during the Australian Coffee Festival event on the Sunday. *Fellow CoffeeSnobs site sponsors ECA , Di Bella and Cafetto will be there along with a pile of other food, coffee and industry stands.
Instead of the Snob Van and a marquee, this year we will be on centre stage for an hour!
I’m happy to shout the beans, I need some interested CS’rs to jump up on stage with me and "bang-out" some roasts on their roasting gear while I "bang-on" about coffee roasting, the process and the try to explain what the audience is seeing, smelling and hearing.
Date: Sunday 2nd May
Time: [s](to be confirmed, mid afternoon at a guess)[/s] 1pm confirmed
Location: *Royal Randwick Racecourse, Randwick, Sydney.
Need: You and your roasting gear
So who’s up for a fun day?
Count me in with my breabmaking chaff collecting hybrid if you want it.
Roger 0439 759 226
For sure! How could anyone say no to that wonderful contraption.
I look forward to seeing it in the flesh too!
Im happy to bring the KKTO.
Would we be entitled to free entry and parking?
In like... (ok twas a bad joke)
Yes, the KKTO would be great too, if we can get one of everything then the audience would get a real idea of just how many different devices can roast coffee.
Yes, you will get free entry and parking as CoffeeSnobs "staff". *Ill have entry tickets closer to the date and will prob just hand them out to you guys on the day. *The same ticket will get you in on the Monday too if you want to come back and see the competitions (Latte Art etc).Originally Posted by 23293C2B2B243036450 link=1270133043/3#3 date=1270269436
Aarrgh - damn moving to Queensland, I would have been there in a flash with my Gene!!!
Have a great time, Andy - egads, 12 months since I met you and Scoots for first time!!!
Thats ok, Di...I have no plans to go to Sydney myself this year...Andys on his own there... ;D
Wow...12 months nearly already!
Speaking of time, this month marks my 5th year as a pro barista! (and still not knowing all!)
In the States at present but when we get back Ill check my work roster...
I can do Behmor or even a popper if you wish?
That went quick but I feel like Ive known you for years.Originally Posted by 406771637B080 link=1270133043/5#5 date=1270291730
Happy 5th behind the machine Scoota Gal.Originally Posted by 7B6B67677C69576F6964080 link=1270133043/6#6 date=1270472089
Great if you can. Behmor would be good, I might take a popper for a someone from the audience to roast on... just to prove how easy it is.Originally Posted by 6B637B716C080 link=1270133043/7#7 date=1270516282
Should be fun!
The demo is this coming Sunday
Anyone else want to come and play?
(free entry and you can keep what you roast)
I could do a simple roast or two in my Gene Cafe. No fancy coolers or USB temp data loggers. The simplicity might appeal to some (it works for me!).
Perfect Andrew, the more the better and I agree that the simplicity will appeal to many.
I just want it to be an hour of fun and a showcase of just how great home roasting can be. I dont even know how many people will be watching but with enough roasters maybe we can test the smoke alarms to attract more of an audience. ;-)
I think the hour-long demo is on at 12 noon but Ill check this week to make sure.
We need a hottop roaster to show their craft too....
"Why do they always have these things on Sundays, and in Melbourne...?"
Coz its in Sydney :P
Originally Posted by 4669637E070 link=1270133043/11#11 date=1272251662
Sorry Andy, cant make it - working :(
Tis a bugger you will miss out on the fun (on and off stage), Ill pencil you in for next year.Originally Posted by 7078606A77130 link=1270133043/15#15 date=1272319021
Yeah, sorry mate
Would be great to catch up. Trying to work out how to get a whole bunch of bags to you while you are here...
The starting time is confirmed:
If anyone else is keen to bang-out a roast or two on stage please let me know so I can work out what volume of green beans to bring.
OK, Andy. Sounds good!
Skycam and the uber bread maker (as featured in Bean Scene)
Flynn and the KKTO setup.
Ajayro and the Gene Cafe.
...and Ill see if I can stuff a popper in my bag (the x-ray at the airport is gunna love that).
Should be plenty of smoke, noise and interesting action. Not too sure how we will fill-in an hour... might have to get some punters from the audience to have a go on the popper.
Ill be bring something special to roast and some bags to put the roasted beans into.
Should be fun
Shame I cant make it you need someone there on the dog bowl and spoon ;)
I though someone said they were bringing a Behmor along, i can bring mine if you dont have one.
That would be great. Chris (cksyd) was going to bring one but he cant make it.
How was Cafe Biz 2010
I just want to be kept in the loop
Was the "Live Home Roasting Demo" a success
Yes it was a success.
Lined up across the front of the stage were a Gene Cafe, KKTO, Behmor, Popper and a Coretto.
All roasting together, with Andy a very capable Master of Ceremonies.
The results were passed around the audience who were very impressed.
No smoke alarms were activated, due partly to the fact that Andy had supplied Mountain Top Estate which is a very clean low chaff bean.
I think it was a great idea and it certainly opened a few eyes and got the crowds attention.
Sorry folks, no photos.
Yep, as a participant I thought it went well. Someone had a video camera hooked up to a projector system that they were using during the preceding latte art competition but unfortunately he wasnt around during the demo. It would have been good to have a video camera showing the roasters in action.
Andy also bought a popper and a member of the audience did a couple of roasts with it.
Congratulations to FeiFy for second place in the Latte Art comp.
Im sorry I missed it (the kids got restless so I had to clear out at 12:30). Surprising they didnt keep the screen going after it worked so well for the Latte Art comp. Its a pity there wasnt more publicity. It was my first one of these but I was expecting it to be a little bigger (maybe I missed the bigger crowds trailing in after getting their morning fixes elsewhere).
Heres a couple of images for those who missed a good day of stuff.Originally Posted by 353A3E530 link=1270133043/25#25 date=1272800849
The machines . . .
The crew . . .
Thanks for the updates
Good to see some smiling faces.
Its a sure sign that everyone was having lots of fun * ;D *:D
In the above photo it looks like Andy trimmed the beard for the occasion *::)
Yeah, was going well til someone kicked the power adapters killing the roast mid stream but like all good pros, the show went on.
. . . and the beard? He was travelling light with only carry on luggage this trip so it was a weight limit issue I reckon.
Anyone got more photos? looks like you had some serious fun there!!!!
You can just see a little smoke in the first photo. There wasnt much smoke cause Andy supplied us with Mountain Top Estate beans that were very cleans beans with little chaff.
So now I have some roasted MTE that I am looking forward to trying :)
Well done. Glad someone could turn up with a Behmor in my absence.
Looked like a load of fun.
Yes Chris, Paul (I hope thats right) brought his Behmor but, unfortunately for him, his power was cut and his roast stalled. As the latte art display went overtime, we only had about half an hour. So only one roast for most of us. Andy was coaching a guy from the audience (David?) on the Popper and he managed to do two roasts (that he took home for sampling).
Yeah Andrew, I roasted 500g of that "Nimbin Number" in the Uber Bread Maker with almost no chaff from the bean, thought there was a blockage until Andy confirmed the almost charfless roast. Got a cup of it in my hand as we speak - "like . . . wow man . . . the real deal . . .peace!" :DOriginally Posted by 686368707B663C3E090 link=1270133043/34#34 date=1272871958
Hey guys, I made it to the event thanks to an auto email from Andy. I did not know it was on! Anyway, thats me sans hair in one of the colour pics above. He he. Will say hello next time. Sorry, no good ones of the behmor.
This was my first barista comp. Interesting. She got third and the tall gent behind won the latte art comp.
..some volcano concoction.
caf fueled judges
The home roasting demo was a blast.
Yeah, it would have been far better for the audience if we had the video screen going, next year we will know to ask. I think the video guys snuck-off for a break when we setup.
Thanks heaps to NSW locals Roger, Paul, Steve, Andrew and our guest popper roaster from the audience, David who all did an outstanding job of putting on a show. I really appreciate the support on the day and certainly respect the effort you put in to lug your gear across town to put on the demo. I love our community!!! THANKS.
It is always great to see the percentage of faces in the audience light-up with amazement that home roasting is not only possible but the results can look stunning. Plenty of people wanted a chat after the demo and today as well. I even had a few of the professional coffee people comment on how cool it was to see so many different roasters on stage at once.
Thanks also to Sean from Cafe Culture who was supportive and keen to get us creating a buzz on stage.
Its always good fun too.
My pleasure Andy. Thanks for providing the beans - MTE to boot! Im happy with the way the roast turned out and looking forward to trying this one
I carried my finished roast around the audience and most had a chew on a bean or two.
It was a lot of fun and I would be happy to front up next year if the demo is on again.
Yes, youre welcome Andy and thanks for providing the beans. I was pleasantly surprised when you said the beans were MTE: I thought you might sacrifice some Brazil, etc. Cant wait to try them!
Put it in your calendar!Originally Posted by 575D485F5F504442310 link=1270133043/40#40 date=1272885998
I dont get to Sydney all that often so the chance to catch-up with a pile of CSrs and do a bit of public roasting is always fun. We might even just do it on the stand next year over the 2 days or setup in a tent like last year. However it works will still be a blast.
Only the best for you guys of course!Originally Posted by 505B5048435E0406310 link=1270133043/41#41 date=1272897668
It was lucky timing that the Mountain Top had just arrived for this BeanBaySale so I was happy to sneek some prior to Monday nights frenzy.
Aussie post were punctual getting the beans to my hotel the day before but it was funny freighting coffee to Sydney then jumping on a plane and racing it there and then pretty weird getting a package from myself at the hotel check-in.
I was very excited to actually see the coffee get roasted on the different roaster rather than just reading about it, at this stage i am going to get a popcorn maker to have a play around on, then i am tossing up between a gene cafe or a hot top, i may have a mate that will go halves in a hot top making it a cheaper option.
Hi Andy and fellow CSrs *Im David the guy on the stage from the audience (the baldy one in the stripped shirt). *My wife kindly volunteered me to go up on stage *:-[ *It was great to come up, meet Andy and the team. *I was very impressed with the setup and surprised how easy it was to roast your own. *I have just purchased a starter pack and look forward to trying the popcorn maker (if I can find one cheap) or try the bowl and heat gun method. *The popcorn beans I roasted are now being consumed and they are very nice indeed. *I made two roasts, one was light, the other dark. *I am mixing the two rather than trying them separately. *Since Sunday, they have gone very "oily" especially the dark roast. *i have never seen as much oil compared to commercial roasts - is this normal or the process that was used to roast them?
Thanks for inviting me up I really did enjoy it and may now have the home roast bug *:D
Im the guy with the turbo oven roaster. Welcome to the wonderful world of roasting and we are glad to have inspired you.
Yes, it is not uncommon to get sweating from beans that have too much heat applied too quickly or roasted too dark.
The popper is a quick and dirty method and can produce good results but most beans do better with a more gentle roasting method. You can pick up poppers fairly cheaply; mine cost $25 from a seconds store but you might find even cheaper in a Vinnies or something.
Id probably go the heat gun and bowl if you are looking for a better result. It wont cost you much more than a popper would and you have more control and get a better view of the progress of the roast. Think about a bean cooler too. At one stage I used a box fan laid flat with a sieve sitting on top to hold the beans.
Im glad you liked 5 crazy home roasters making a mess and testing the on-stage power. 8-)Originally Posted by 2D243C2B372021222A3D7C767F4E0 link=1270133043/43#43 date=1273051027
The popper is a fun, cheap and easy way to test the water. If you like home roasting you will out-grow the volume of the popper pretty quick as your consumption (eerr... your habit?) increases.
...maybe it was hint that your current coffee could use some improvement.Originally Posted by 2A2B364E0 link=1270133043/44#44 date=1273062829
Oily beans are often fine, the first roast you did looked pretty spot-on and after a day or two some coffee oils will appear on the surface. it will drink well. The second roast was a little over roasted (for most of us) but still might be ok in the cup.
That is the real fun of home roasting, you can roast what suits you!
Enjoy the journey to better coffee!
Roger with the hybrid breadmaker here, welcome aboard the roasting express David. You now will need a bean cooler which most of us do with a sieve, a plastic bucket and an exhaust fan from Bunnings. As you already have a heat gun, why not pick up an old breadmaker for $20 from your local Vinnie/Salvo shop and use that on the pizza dough setting with the gun on a stand? No need for any fancy mods and you will save yourself all that manual stirring leaving your hands to do other stuff. You can roast a decent batch too, up to 500g. The next step after that is to get a thermal probe and meter and youll be totally hooked.
Yes, agree with that. I havent tried many oily roasts that havent still tasted good in the cup.Originally Posted by 103F3528510 link=1270133043/46#46 date=1273067721
Looks like a great day had by all. Im disappointed I was tied up last weekend - maybe next year.