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    First ever popper roast

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Went to the Di Bella open day this morning. While there I went to buy some brown beans and ended up getting a kilo of green "Papua" beans on a whim. ::)

    On the way home stopped off and grabbed a crazy popper as I had read here previously that they were a reasonably good way to get into home roasting.

    Got home read a few posts, thought about waiting till it cooled off a bit this evening, didnt, and got stuck right into throwing 90gms of beans in.
    Having never roasted before I wasnt sure how loud FC would be but it was quite audible. With a ambient temp of 29 degrees (Winter, what Winter?) first crack began at 3min but just seemed to roll straight into the crackling sound which I presumed was second crack, there didnt seem to be a distinct space between first and second crack. Pulled the roast just under 5 min.

    I am presuming the ambient temp had a lot to do with the short roasting period and lack of time between first and second crack?

    Anyway the results are below, and I can see how roasting could become addictive. At first I thought that the beans looked quite dark but looking at the photo and comparing them to some brown Harrar Longberry from Beanbay they are relatively light, will try to hold off just a little longer and roast when it is cooler outside.

    No doubt my patience will be to short and i will end up having a brew with them tonight.............




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    Re: First ever popper roast

    Youve just made another step towards the DARK SIDE! ;D

    Welcome, although you should know that few have found their way back, once on this path. ;)

    Youve already noticed the temptation to indulge too soon--this too is a sign. :P

    Greg

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    Re: First ever popper roast

    I used to roast fairly light but have started going a bit darker as i get more confidence and can hear 2nd crack

    the darker ive roasted with a popper the more consistent i find the roast to be

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    Re: First ever popper roast

    Just had another crack so to speak. ;D

    A much cooler evening here in Brisvegas and I think that helped a lot.
    Fc was at around 4-5 min for the two batches I did. Sc was at about 9 -11 min.

    This helped to produce a much darker roast to my first effort. Had a taste of the first roast today. Very sour short black and passable latte. The light roast combined with poor barista skills probably didnt help, but Im learning, and loving it!

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    Re: First ever popper roast

    give the beans another couple of days, I found anything less than 3 or 4 days rest with some of them left a bit to be desired

    I tend to have roasts faster than yours, with sc starting at between 7 and 8 mins

    your first roast does look a smidge inconsistent, mine was similar as well and I ended up with a very flat tasting roast, taking them a bit darker like youve tried should yield more consistent roast and better results

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    Re: First ever popper roast

    Thanks Phrostyboi,
    Just did two roasts of some Sumatran Mandheling courtesy of Beanbay, one batch was 100gms and Sc was 9 min, beans were nice and dark, second batch I tried 80gms with Sc also at 9 min.

    Tried the darker roast from Monday earlier this evening and it was quite nice.

    Can see a Gene cafe on the horizon..............

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    Re: First ever popper roast

    Lots of the people here use a "Corretto" for roasting. There is a bunch of information here, but it is basically a heat gun, and a breadmaker, where you use the breadmaker to stir the beans, and heat gun to roast them.

    The two advantages of this setup is you can do larger batches, and you have full control over the heat, but raising or lowering the gun. The better guns have adjustable heat output too.

    If I went Corretto, I would buy the usb temp meter here, and figure out how to install it in the bean mass, to monitor the bean temps.

    I use a popper, but I have mine setup so I can adjust the heat output with a variac. This along with the usb meter, allows me to monitor and adjust my roast profile. And, I dont drink that much coffee at this time, so I dont need the large batch sizes of the Corretto. If I start making coffee for others, I will consider changing.

    Good luck with roasting.

    Randy

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    Re: First ever popper roast

    Got to second crack last night, went to empty the beans and before I could the popper died. Just stopped working with no smoke or anything.....

    I have pulled it apart just to prove to myself that I still know nothing about electronics but boy am good at un-doing screws. I then scratched my head, mumbled something about the flux capacitor and told my wife "I think its stuffed!?"

    Currently dropping hints about getting a dedicated roaster. I like the idea of the Gene cafe as Im the only coffee drinker in the house and as such dont need to do large batches, but already found the 80=90gm batches fro the popper too small.

    Will look through the roaster forum and see what other options are out there though.

    Its funny how the beast grows, a couple of weeks ago I swore to my wife that I loved the Beanbay brown and wouldnt get into roasting. ::)

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    Re: First ever popper roast

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Did you reassemble your popper and try it again... they generally have a safety featurwe that makes them shut down when overheated?!



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