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Roasting is fun!!!
Last Friday afternoon I noticed my stash of roasted beans was getting frightfully low *:o . Being in a somewhat reckless, and perhaps just slightly intoxicated *:D, mood I decided to throw caution into the wind and carry-out my first mega monster roast. I proceeded to toss 1050g of 3 different SOs (yes blended 3 preroast...) ::) ;) into my fairly large Corretto, had another large slurp of my beer and off I went. It felt kinda exciting to be exploring new territory. I had a hunch that the roast would need more heat than my usual 600g so I lowered the heat gun until it was hovering just above the bean mass right from the beginning. No deliberate initial "soaking" stage for this batch...
My bread maker didnt seem to have any trouble spinning the large number of beans around but it did take a full 15 minutes to reach the first signs of FC. I have no idea which variety of beans went off first but took some comfort in the fact that things were starting to happen. I decided to leave the gun where it was, given that things were progressing slowly, and 5 minutes later the roast was entering second crack. At that stage I pulled beans out. However… I soon realised that the wire mesh on my KK style bean cooler wasnt deep enough to hold the 1kg so I ran around for about a minute or two until I found another colander. 4 minutes and 2 fans later the beans were cool enough to bag. By now 6 minutes had past vs. the usual 2.5. 26 minutes had past since I first turned on the heat gun.
All things considered, the beans didnt look all that bad. Wish I had taken a photo. A bit more uneven than usual. I suppose partly attributed to the fact that 3 different types were used.... :D. Somewhere between CS 8.5 to err maybe 10… *::)
I let the beans rest for 4 days and tried them this morning. They actually didn’t taste as poorly as I expected. Yes, Ive roasted some much better SOs in the past but I was expecting an over roasted over baked mess in my mouth and what I had this morning was quite drinkable. My wife agreed. Perhaps she was just being nice...
Having said all of that that I wouldnt do it again, but… I did have some fun. :). I think what Ive taken away from the experience is that there is some room for screw-up along the roasting way. *You certainly do notice a big difference when you get everything just about right, but even if you do not it doesnt necessarily spell disaster. I would still take my mega triple preblended roast any day over what’s offered at the place with the large yellow sign down the street.
I love these stories :)
Roasting is fun!!!
;D ;D ;DOriginally Posted by 645355454E5F260 link=1243920244/0#0 date=1243920244
Coffee roasting in good spirits??
do you suspect any of the 3 didnt get to second crack?
Hi. Im pretty sure two of the three varieties didnt reach second crack. I pulled the roast as soon as I heard the first snap at approx. 20 min. as I was concerned that the batch had already roasted too long. Typically my roasts are finished between the 16 and 18 minute mark.
I had another double shot latte and a double shot straight up this morning. To be honest... perfectly acceptable. However, some of the more experienced snobs around here might have had a couple of things to say.
Now if I could only remember what I actually blended together... *:-? Im pretty sure it was Brazilian, Harrar LB, and the Sumatran Blue in close to equal amounts. Perhaps a bit more Brazilian than the others. On second thought it might have been the PNG Wahgi, not the Sumatran. Good grief... :-[
ha ha thats gold, im of the opinion that if it tastes good to me and my family then im happy.......i do worry however how it rates to experts sometimes though ::)Originally Posted by 1C2B2D3D36275E0 link=1243920244/4#4 date=1243992745
Nah.....Originally Posted by 0E0A2C3535302F3837590 link=1243920244/5#5 date=1243993568
Dont worry "WSully", be happy :D ;)
When it comes to taste, YOU are the only expert who counts.
We older hands are glad to help out where ever we can but as far as Im concerned, I dont think Ill ever be an expert - Therere just too many variables involved. Some of our pros have a wealth of experience and knowledge behind them though and are probably as close to experts as its possible to get here in Oz but even they would probably baulk at being called experts.
Were all in it for the coffee and the fun involved in getting there mate, so have fun.... ;D
The inlaws refuse to buy coffee anywhere else now so im happy with that, even if i spend hours behind the machine to get the results im happy to serve!/\/
If youre having fun, and family and friends are happy with the end result, mission accomplished!
Ive been roasting for two years now and it is the most satisfying interest/obsession that I have ever been involved in. The joy in drinking and sharing good coffee with family and friends and the comments from people who didnt realise what a good coffee should taste like, Ive only just scratched the surface of this fascinating passtime and I cant wait to get out there and roast up some more amazing little beans and transform them into the elixer of the gods!!! :D :D :D
Odd roasts serve a purpose - they help you realise when you have done a good one.
Also, they are good to give away...just be careful who you give them to!
When I strike lucky, at 200-300g a throw, I am unlikely to pass around the stash.......does the make me a bad or a good snob? :-?