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    First ever roast!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    well well well.

    After slowly becoming more and more interested in coffee over the last 6 months, I finally plucked up the courage to buy myself a starter pack of green beans from Andy in November. Unfortunately the day I picked to order them happened to be the day the last lot of packs had sold out, so I was put on the waiting list, and the Christmas break meant that I had to wait even longer to actually get hold of the beans, but the wait ended this week, and boy was it worth it! I excitedly put my first batch of beans into a popper I grabbed at the Myer sales on boxing day (before heading to the cricket) and voila! My first roast!





    Anyway its a yirgacheffe, roasted a minute or two after the end of 1st crack, which I wasnt expecting to be as noticeable as it turned out to be. I didnt want to roast the hell out of the poor little beans, but Im afraid that left them a touch mild flavourwise as a result. What are your thoughts?

    Anyway the other thing is, I want to experiment with the beans Ive got, and would liek some suggestions regarding possible blends. Andy sent me some Nicaraguan Altiplano, Timorese Organic Maubese, Peruvian Kontiki Chamana and the Yirg that Ive already tried. Any suggestions?

    Pete

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    Re: First ever roast!

    Im really liking the Peru at the moment. I roast them about 30 seconds into rolling second crack.

    With the Timor, roast just the first few snaps of 2nd crack.

    I enjoy the Nicaraguan at most points along the roasting scale, except burnt of course. Pick your favourite.


    Congratulations on your first roast btw, now youll never be able to stop :P

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    My First ever roast too!

    Well here it is- Ive been winging for sometime about my machine- incanto... and all along its been the coffee Ive stuffed into it!
    I got my green beans from Andy today and after a hic cup- popper broke- I wwas given another one and away I went recording meticulously every detail. Here it is...
    110 grams of panama panamaria special A
    19.7 degrees outside
    60% humidity
    3 1/2 minutes to first signs of first crack!
    6:40 for beginning of second crack- jsut the first few pops mind you. 7:40 fiinish with smoke coming out.
    I dumped it onto a homemade cooler- old exhaust fan upside down with a wire bowl ontop- 40 seconds to cool.
    ended weight was 91 grams

    Then- the amazing experience- I emptied the hopper in the machine of the rubbish beans and loaded it with my panama. - ditched the first brew cos it would be a mixture. and the second- now get this-- this has never happened before- the coffee oozed out of the spout like honey instead of pouring out- why is that. it was thick and golden and I coould smell it was amazing.
    Then the taste- because I have it short and black I knew nothing could mask whether it was good or bad and it was nothing short of outstanding.
    What am I in for in the next few days???
    Thank you, thank you, thank you
    this forum has helped me imensely to have a go. I was convinced that it was something only a professional could do. Now Im in.
    Whats next?
    How do I learn to differentiate the taste of different origin coffees?
    Do I blend before roasting or what?
    Anyway- Ill keep searching the site.
    Thanks again.

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    Re: First ever roast!

    Stick to single origins mate. Once you get a taste of different origins and their characteristics, you can think of blending.

    Blend post-roast. The base bean should be something that doesnt have a huge amount of character. Lot of people use Colombian Supremo, Costa Rica Tarrazu, or Brazilian. Even your Panama would be a good base bean. The rest of the blend is made up of several "spices," small quantities of beans with intense origin characters. If you need some punch in the front of the palate, toss a bit of Kenya AA in. For some excellent mouthfeel, and earthy complexity, chuck a bit of Sulawesi Kalosi Toraja in. You want some exotic touches, use a bit of Monsooned Malabar ald Celebes. Need a bit of chocolate notes, go with some Limmu. The list goes on and on, just blend to your tastes, and create something that is well-balanced, and all around pleasing to your palate.

    Oh, dont forget to let your beans rest about 48 hours. They only get better with some relaxation.

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    Re: First ever roast!

    Thanks for the comments and advice! ;) Its all a bit daunting but Im writing down those coffees for future reference. BTW. Can I buy those green beans on this site? Does Andy have them or what? Im keen to build my supply and experience. ::)
    thanks again.

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    Re: First ever roast!

    I rely on the polls for the majority of my coffee. If Im stuck and I really need something, Ill go to a local roaster to get some greens. Not all roasters are willing to sell green beans to you, so dont assume all will.

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    Re: First ever roast!

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Quote Originally Posted by rayzurhed link=1137725752/0#4 date=1141966826
    BTW. Can I buy those green beans on this site? Does Andy have them or what? Im keen to build my supply and experience. ::)
    thanks again.
    Hi RH,

    Yep, theres a chance that Andy might have some available, if not now then after the current poll beans are sorted and despatched. Just keep an eye out via this page http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1113484527 for Andys post re: availability and youll be laughing ;D,

    Cheers,
    Mal.



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