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    First home roast bean choice?

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    Not sure if this is even a question worth answering, but is there a type of bean that is more forgiving/easier to home roast? Im getting ready to start with a KKTO, and wasnt sure if I should start with a particular bean or if they are all as difficult/easy as each other?

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Yes its a question worth answering and the answer is the CS Starter pack. Im sure Andys selection wont include any tricky beans.

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Every bean is different. I started with the starter pack. Once it arrived I looked at the various profiles for roasting that had been mentioned in respect to the bean and settled on the one that I thought would suit. Roasting is an individual thing and you will soon learn where you want a particular bean for your taste. The preferred profiles for most beans are somewhere on this forum and you just search with the name of the bean.

    Some beans are more difficult such as Yirg to get the right profile some are very easy and will perform well at any level of roast (except charcoal).

    Good Luck and welcome to Roasting 8-)

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 73796C7B7B746066150 link=1251704281/1#1 date=1251704600
    Yes its a question worth answering and the answer is the CS Starter pack. Im sure Andys selection wont include any tricky beans.
    cant believe I missed such an obvious answer :o Cheers guys, i cant wait to start!

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Id say Brazillian beans are easier.

    Ive heard it said that Brazil Bourbon is easier to roast with. By chance, I started out on that. Since then Ive purchased some brazil daterra sweet which Im enjoying roasting at the moment and Id say its definitely easier than some of the ethiopian or indonesian beans Ive roasted.

    Good results seem to be fairly easy to get and they roast nice and evenly, albeit with a TONNE of chaff.

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Ive found the PNG Kimel to be easy to roast.

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4B776A717B7A6D78707B1F0 link=1251704281/5#5 date=1251722480
    Ive found the PNG Kimel to be easy to roast.
    Especially when you have plenty of experience with roasting it ;D

    Also, the Kimel isnt currently available in BeanBay. I was going to suggest a Brazilian - the first ever bean I roasted, but I thought the starter pack would be ideal for dougs needs.

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    I reckon Ill end up with the starter pack and 2.5 kilo of brazilian. Use the brazil to get the roaster in the right ballpark, then see the differences between the types in the starter pack. Hoping this will give me a good feel for how it all works before I get the cup of excellence pack...

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    @flynn

    True, but the question wasnt limited to BeanBay choices.

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    One bean, I have found very easy and got great results - Peru Grace Villa.

    Well graded, well processed, large beans, audible cracks. I think that is what you would be looking at as characteristics in terms of a first roast.


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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 17303B0A06550 link=1251704281/9#9 date=1251765651
    One bean, I have found very easy and got great results - Peru Grace Villa.

    Well graded, well processed, large beans, audible cracks. I think that is what you would be looking at as characteristics in terms of a first roast.
    Yep. I would agree. The Peru Grace Villa is an excellent learning to roast bean. It produces a bit of chaff but not heaps, it roasts very evenly and the cracks are some of the most audible Ive encountered (apart from some maragogype beans).

    Brazils are good, but if it is a dry processed, there will be chaff out your waa-waa and might be a bit of a surprise for a first up roast.

    I also find Indian Tiger Mountain an easy one to roast.

    Brett.

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    I assumed doug meant BeanBay offerings which is why I suggested the starter pack. I also agree with the PGV but not currently available. The choice of the Brazil + starterpack is good.

    You might want to check some of KKs posts on his KKTO and see what he has tried. He may give you some hints but, like any raosting expperience, the first step is just to try it.

    Dont rush into roasting the CoE. I bought a pack at the end of last year but I want to get a few more roasts under my belt before trying one of the CoE lots as you dont have several kgs to back you up if you dont get it right the first time.

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 242E3B2C2C233731420 link=1251704281/11#11 date=1251774345
    Dont rush into roasting the CoE. I bought a pack at the end of last year but I want to get a few more roasts under my belt before trying one of the CoE lots
    Go for it Steve! Theyll probably roast very differently to anything youve ever done before regardless of how much experience you have. I know mine did!

    Besides, if you really botch it up you can always buy more! ;D


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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4F6E656562780B0 link=1251704281/12#12 date=1251779112
    Go for it Steve!
    OK, if you insist Den ;D [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Besides, if you really botch it up you can always buy more!
    Yeah, I did think of that after I replied to doug. Im surprised theres still some of this left. I know its not cheap but others had no qualms about paying up equivalent amounts for the JBM :-/

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    I have also decided to take the plunge, and start roasting.

    I ordered the BeanBay starter pack late yesterday afternoon, and I must admit I was extremely surprised to see it in may mailbox this morning. Absolutely incredible service. Big thumbs up to Andy.

    So Im very keen to try out my heatgun, and as yet unpurchased breadmaker. If I cant get it by Sunday, I will try a bowl on the barbeque, with really low heat from the bbq, a fan across the top, and the heatgun from the top. Maybe.

    Only question - does anyone have an idea where to get a decent temperature probe around the Sydney area.

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 41464C402F0 link=1251704281/14#14 date=1251847452
    Only question - does anyone have an idea where to get a decent temperature probe around the Sydney area.
    Jaycar sells a Digitec DMM with temp measure and a bead-type thermocouple for around the $33 mark. I cant remember the model no. but a few others Snobs also use this

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 7A706572727D696F1C0 link=1251704281/15#15 date=1251847768
    Quote Originally Posted by 41464C402F0 link=1251704281/14#14 date=1251847452
    Only question - does anyone have an idea where to get a decent temperature probe around the Sydney area. *
    Jaycar sells a Digitec DMM with temp measure and a bead-type thermocouple for around the $33 mark. I cant remember the model no. but a few others Snobs also use this

    Digitech QM1323 - $34.95 when I bought mine around 6 months ago.


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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 73747E721D0 link=1251704281/14#14 date=1251847452
    does anyone have an idea where to get a decent temperature probe around the Sydney area.
    Or if you want to go the whole hog with PC logging then...

    http://beanbay.coffeesnobs.com.au/ViewProduct.aspx/318-usb-temperature-data-logger


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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Do yourself a favour, wait and save you bickies, then get the one from CS Beanbay, its a good DMM, with the support of CS, it has USB and a longer probe, so you can use the CS Roast Monitor Software to help you with roast profiles etc, i bought the one from Jaycar originally and it now reads an ambient temp of 50 odd degrees, i know its been a hotter winter here in brissie, but not that hot!, i now have the CS DMM with Datalogger, and it is brilliant!
    best of luck ;)

    EDIT: Andy beat me to it! ;)

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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1E313B265F0 link=1251704281/17#17 date=1251854317
    Quote Originally Posted by 73747E721D0 link=1251704281/14#14 date=1251847452
    does anyone have an idea where to get a decent temperature probe around the Sydney area.
    Or if you want to go the whole hog with PC logging then...

    http://beanbay.coffeesnobs.com.au/ViewProduct.aspx/318-usb-temperature-data-logger

    That will be my next upgrade :)


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    Re: First home roast bean choice?

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Whole hog it is then.

    Again, thanks for the very fast delivery Andy. BTW, do you have any sample roast profiles I should be aiming for with the beans you sent me?



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