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    Roasting Ethiopian Yirgachaffe and a potted history

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
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    Heres my "Virgin" post.

    My potted history first...
    I got 50% of my roasting knowledge via *Coffee Snobs, the other 50% was by experimentation. So thanks to your combined input to get started way in advance than if i had no prior help. My first roasts were with a popper, which lasted for 4 small burnt roasts before i killed it when drilling holes in it - big step forward :-)
    The next evolution was *the Coretto method, which im still using now with great success - many thanks to Belinda et al :)
    So now im doing 1/2 kg roasts with excellent repeatability, typically a 20 minute roast to 223C, then cooling via 2 large aluminium colanders (1 is a large scanpan pasta pot drainer - very good). Ive had no problem hearing 1st crack, and can usually detect the 2nd crack around 223C when i pull the beans and cool.
    To date ive roasted Kenya AA, Ethiopian Harrar Longberry, Organic PNG A grade, Guatemalan organic, Panama SHB “Gran Del Val” ,Uganda AA Bugisu, a n African/South American (origins unknown)organic blend which is now my standard roasting blend. I prefer organic beans.

    So finally to my question: Ethiopian Yirgachaffe roasted to 223C: I didnt hear a first or 2nd crack - is this unusual? I pulled purely on temperature, and very happy with my dark roast.

    Best of luck at the Rocks this weekend to those going.

    BTW - how does the bean bay work?

    Cheers
    Steve

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    Re: Roasting Ethiopian Yirgachaffe and a potted history

    Quote Originally Posted by 3E35342D322931383028333E35382F5D0 link=1247742526/0#0 date=1247742526
    BTW - how does the bean bay work?
    Welcome to CS Steve.

    Once a month Andy sends an email advising of the next green bean offerings available. You just click on the buy green link and go shopping from there and will be able to purchase in multiples of 2.5kg lots. You can then have them sent directly to yourself or save a bit on postage by choosing one of the pick-up points.

    Suggest you take a look there now as there are still lots of exciting green beans to choose from, though the central collection points may not be currently available. You should also have a green bean starter pack available - a once off offer that is great value. Dont forget to grab a member card too from the other stuff section.

    Enjoy the journey!


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    Re: Roasting Ethiopian Yirgachaffe and a potted history

    Dennis summed it succinctly but Andys post about Bean Bay Green is here:

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1111152844

    Not sure about the answer to your Yirg question as I havent roasted an Ethiopian bean myself.

    Cheers
    Steve

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    Re: Roasting Ethiopian Yirgachaffe and a potted history

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Thanks.

    I purchased some beans and stuff from Bean Bay, and found some more posts on the Yirg.

    Cheers
    Steve



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