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    Has anyone (in Adelaide) done a training course on home roasting?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi folks,
    I have had my Gene Cafe for over 6 months now, bought from Coffee Craft before they became sponsors here (great guys to deal wih, BTW)
    I have done about 40 roasts in that time, and have been very happy with what I have achieved, generally following roast guidelines plucked from the web. I would really like to know a bit more about how I can control the end result during the roasting process, and so wonder about the value of doing a course.
    It seems Coffee Craft offer such a course, specifically aimed at users of the Gene Cafe.
    From their website:

    Home Coffee Roasting.
    This course is suitable for the Cafe Gene Roaster avaliable for purchase on our website or in store
    -Coffee types and Appreciation
    -Getting to know your roaster
    -Learn about green coffees and their unique characteristics.
    -Evaluating the roast
    -Introduction to Cupping and Blending
    Single $80 *Couple $150 1 hr
    Group max 8 $320

    Has anyone actually done this course?? If so, I would love to know if you felt it valuable. It seems to me that a one hour session is a fairly short time to adequately discuss such a complex process.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Has anyone (in Adelaide) done a training course on home roasting?

    No. But with the exception of "getting to know your roaster", a course on espresso extraction run by a roaster is always good to go to - the one run in Sydney through Di Bartoli with Hazel De Los Reyes was absolutely brilliant, as Hazel is a professional roaster and very quickly gets you to treat each roast with both respect and creativity, and you can ask any roasting questions along the way.

    In summary, try roasting light, dark and in-between, and then try shooting shots short, mid-length and long for each. See what you like best. You can land up with some real surprises.

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    Re: Has anyone (in Adelaide) done a training course on home roasting?

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Hi Buff

    Given what they cover in an hour I cannot see how anyone who has done 40 roasts would learn much. The course is probably oriented to someone that has JUST bought a Gene or intends to and wants to know where to start.

    My advice, from having used a Gene for over 2 years, is to just look through these forums and see what settings ppl have used for a bean, ask if you cant find something, and then roast it and try it. For a *new* bean I just load in 250 grams and set the Gene to 235C and record the temp profile manually and note when and at what temp FC and SC occur at. Then I end at SC.
    Then after 5 days taste the beans by espresso or plunger or cupping and based on what you taste alter the profile. Or alter the profile in some way and re-roast and see how the taste changes.

    A good experiment is to stay at say 235C setting on the Gene and to take one roast a minute into SC and the next roast end a minute before SC (as you know what time SC will occur at). Then taste the difference. That will tell you for that bean, and your taste preferences, whether you like a lighter roast or a darker one. Does one have more spice or fruitiness and the other chocolate or different aromas? Then vary something else and taste.

    Have fun.

    Mike



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