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Thread: Home Coffee Roaster Competition 2018

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    Cool Home Coffee Roaster Competition 2018

    The Home Roaster Roasting Championship is back for 2018!



    Available now in BeanBay: CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Green Coffee - Home Coffee Roaster Competition 2018

    Purchase the above as an entry into the 2018 Home Roaster Competition.


    After the huge success the last couple of years, the Home Roaster category will again use a "control bean". All entries will receive the same secret green bean, coffee bags and all postage paid for entry into 3 categories (Espresso, Latte, Filter).


    you will receive:


    1: 2.5kg of green beans
    2: 3 x entry bags with code numbers (these bags must be used)
    3: Freight to you.
    4: Express Post satchel to return your roasted coffee to us on the 9th Nov
    5: Freight to the Port Mac. competition.


    You will roast and return in the express post envelope:
    300g - Espresso
    300g - Cafe Latte
    300g - Filter


    The 2.5kg of green beans will produce about 2kg of roasted coffee so you are sending in less than half as your entry leaving you some to drink and experiment with.


    The beans will be judged anonymously by coffee industry professionals at the Golden Bean Roasting competition in Port Macquarie from the 21st to the 24th of November 2018 and the winners of each category will be announced on the night of the 24th.


    Entries need to be posted back on the 8th or 9th of November so they arrive here on the 12th and 13th to ensure they make it into the judging. You can enter more than once if you want. Any substitution beans will void all your entries. Late returns will not be judged. Zipper bags should be sticky-taped at the top if you can't heat seal the edge with an iron (use brown paper between the 100 degree iron and the bag). We will announce the secret beans on the 13th when entries are closed.


    As a Home Coffee Roaster competition, these must be roasted on a ready made roaster or home made contraption worth less than $2000. If you are roasting on something grander, please enter the commercial roasting competition at Golden Bean Australia / New Zealand or you can let us know prior and your results will be excluded from the overall homeroaster results but your coffee will still be blind judged. By entering you agree to sell your roaster to a fellow Coffee Snob for $2000 or less.


    See below posts in this thread for rule updates, information and answers to questions.


    Have fun and good luck!
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    Good news!

    Already wondering what this year's mystery bean is after the challenging Ethiopian natural last year

    Maybe a high grown washed Costa?
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    Thanks Andy for organising again.
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    Great to see a few people jumping on this already, because of the short time frame we'll express post everything out to make sure that there is minimal freight lag.

    Remember, you'll need to roast and return the 3 x 300g in the included satchel on the 8th November else they are likely to miss the freight to the competition.

    The 2 weeks rest should make sure these are all peaking when judged too.
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    Im looking forward to the challenge and hopefully helpful feedback. Roasting something unknown could be fun, a good learning or just a disaster
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    Hi all,

    Very new to the roasting scene. I know this is probably a dense question, but taking from this will there only be one type of bean to roast? Ie will it be a single origin competition?

    Thanks,
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    It is a single origin, secret bean.

    Just received mine - fresh off the boat again this year, very pungent smell, stinking out the office at present !!!!! In a nice, grassy, hay, sort of way.

    Can't tell what it is just yet, will have to compare to my green beans at home.


    Definitely not a sundried ethiopian.
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    Purchased the entry pack yesterday around 4pm and it turned up here in Brisbane this morning! Outstanding service again Andy!

    I am fairly "green" to the roasting scene but keen to give it a go, looking forward to getting some feedback from the judges. Thanks for organising a great event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timgus View Post
    Hi all,

    Very new to the roasting scene. I know this is probably a dense question, but taking from this will there only be one type of bean to roast? Ie will it be a single origin competition?

    Thanks,
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    Yes Tim, it's a single origin bean.
    Don't get hung-up on it's origin, you'll find that out after the competition closes.

    Near all Arabica beans are grown in a narrow altitude band and are a very similar density so it's pretty easy to use your "base" roasting method to get a good starting point.

    The obvious idea behind the secret bean is a level playing field, it's challenge to roast a small sample a couple of different ways then decide how to best use this bean before roasting for the actual entry. It pushes your senses and you are far more critical of your own roast and the flavours it produces (good or bad).

    Even just trying the same coffee in 3 different brew methods is an eye-opener for most people, especially if you tend to always drink the same drink.

    If you don't have a Brazen brewer don't fret, you can get a pretty good result in a plunger using water off the boil (92C), 60g/litre (ie: 20g in a 250ml plunger) and a minute steep time. It won't have the same body or depth as a Brazen but will give you a good idea of the flavours extracted without the forced pressure of an espresso machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    "By entering you agree to sell your roaster to a fellow Coffee Snob for $2000 or less."
    Hi Andy,

    Could you please expand on what this actually entails? I'm not quite sure how to read it?

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    It means that if you enter as a home roaster and are then found out to be using a $10,000 roaster you agree to sell it for $2,000 or less on here.


    Java "Don't cheat!" phile
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    My early money is on a central american bean. Very similar to a bunch of beans including brazil/panama/nicaragua. Also look a lot like the China Dai Muang Lem currently in beanbay.

    so my pick - Brazil.

    First test roast this morning- pretty chaffy!
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    Looking forward to it. My beans are sitting on my work desk HQ while I’m away on a trip “down south”. Pesky work getting in the way of fun again. 🤣 Next weekend will have to get started.
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    First attempt.

    Not Brazilian.

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    Good looking roast NickR

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    Just roasted and cupped 25g. Oh my... What a lovely coffee!

    And thank the coffee gods it's not going need to be triple sorted like last year's one! ��
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    Anyone contemplating ordering a bag for entry, I recommend having a go!

    From my test batch 400g, roasts quite easy / very steady / roasts very evenly.
    Very few defects I only needed to pick out 5 or 6 beans.
    I will wait a few days before brewing V60 and pulling a few shots.
    Not really sure of origin yet, is it another one of the special Ugandan coffees just landed? I was thinking some kind of washed African before roasting ?
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    I am using a Hottop roaster, with recommended roast weight of 250g greens, looks I need to do two roasts to get a 300g submission. Anyone else have this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justacuppa View Post
    I am using a Hottop roaster, with recommended roast weight of 250g greens, looks I need to do two roasts to get a 300g submission. Anyone else have this problem?
    I see blessing in disguse. 10 x 250g roasts, 3 test roasts 1 of each category. 6 roasts for final entries 1 backup incase a roast goes bad. You will have left overs to taste around the same days of judging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justacuppa View Post
    ...looks I need to do two roasts to get a 300g submission. Anyone else have this problem?
    Someone roasting 80-100g in a popper will have to do 4 roasts per category, that's just the way it is.

    The first couple of years the home roasting comp was 500g (same as the commercial). The 300g is about as small as we can go and still allow the barista team a chance to dial in the grinder to suit your roast and then pull a couple of shots to deliver the best possible to the judges. Too small an amount per entry and there is a risk that a bad pour would have to be served and no-one wants that!
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    Yap totally understand 300g is probably a small batch for sampling. I just hope I can get 2 consistent roasts in a row or I will have to call it a “blend".
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    I'm actually planning a blend for at least one of the entries.
    EG: 2 different roast depths of the same bean
    Not just going to throw something else in there.
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    Collected my entry beans from the post office yesterday, first look i thought they were similar in appearance to the last batch of Indo Aceh from Beanbay, however they're not as darkly coloured.

    Will roast a trial batch this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboy_1999 View Post
    I'm actually planning a blend for at least one of the entries.
    EG: 2 different roast depths of the same bean
    Not just going to throw something else in there.
    Same origin blend of different roasts can produce great results, roasting a few different profiles then blending between them can really open-up your options.
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    Well.

    First try of attempt 1 this morning.

    I'd like to say it was awesome and competition winning..... but I won't.

    It has a funny flavour that I can't quite pick, I'll need to find one of those tasting wheels and work out what the flavour is. I think that with a good roast it might be the cinnamon, spice, raisin, sort of stuff ??? But mine wasn't quite that

    It reminds me of a roast that I tried once when I was buying roasted coffee years ago now, which I think was a Hartman Estate Black Winey. Really full on, and in a milk-based coffee - not pleasant at all.

    As a latte drinker, I'm struggling with this competition bean so far, I think my (now two ) roasts are in between - either have to nail a much better darker roast for the latte category, or a much better light roast for the others.

    Tricky tricky.
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