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    Another first home roast

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Well I ordered my starter pack on Friday, and finally got a chance to have a go a roasing with a Black n Decker popper. Coulnt wait any longer because here in Adelaide it is set to heat up to 36C by Sunday. Might as well stick the beans in the sun and set the stop watch.

    Anyway I started with 125g of the PERU - Ceja De Selva Estate and when it was all done the final weight was 103g. I set the stopwatch going and recorded the first crack at just after 4min, the crackling peaked then died off then started up again around 5min 50sec. I stopped just around 6min 20 sec still crackling because I didnt want the colour to go too dark.

    I find I prefer a mid strength rather than a dark roast. My choice to stop hopefully was right, the weight seems to be right, the colour is matched to 8 or 9 on the members card and they smell great! I hope they taste as good.

    Here are the Pics,
    The cooling method: a plastic Juice bottle with a cut out for the collander, and attach the Vac to the top.



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    Re: Another first home roast

    This is the roast hopefully it will taste as good as it looks.



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    Re: Another first home roast

    Nice looking roast. Stopping there was probably good. Let us know how it tastes.

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    Re: Another first home roast

    I will get to taste this weekend and will post the results.
    What happens to the beans during this wait time of 2 or 3 days?

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    Re: Another first home roast

    Quote Originally Posted by 767A71786F746E78731B0 link=1256817993/3#3 date=1256882672
    I will get to taste this weekend and will post the results.
    What happens to the beans during this wait time of 2 or 3 days?
    if theyre lucky they survive. Other than that they degass and the flavours develop. Some are great after a day or two. Others need a week of resting. Try it each day and see when you like it best.

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    Re: Another first home roast

    Well I have tried the beans this week and I cant say Iím thrilled although my wife thinks the coffees are very good and better than most of the beans we have bought. I guess it was good for a first time effort. Practice and maybe some cooling technique after the first crack to slow the process down might help, from reading other CSs write-ups.

    My second attempt was a disaster, the beans were stopped at a very nice colour but after staying in the valve bag for nearly a week, (I checked them every 2 days), they produced no gas and stayed a dull brown with only a few specks of shine. They tasted awful.

    The first lot filled the valve bag every day with gas and the beans went from a matt brown to start with, and gradually became shinier. I presumed this was the oil leaching to the surface. The flavour although not my favorite was full and the crema was thick.

    I must point out that the em4800C sunbeam I have probably isnít the best machine to be using but I did modify the pressurized basket with an arlec tool and very fine drill bit and some slits on the outer layer of the basket so that it is not pressurized anymore. Also removed the black internal inhibitor. I tried the krups basket but the porta filter goes right to the other side even though I have replaced the seal.

    I have used the popper today with a can as a chimney and hopefully these turn out ok.

    Any feedback and advice would be most welcome.

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    Re: Another first home roast

    are you making it to the start of second crack at all?
    I find the best roasts in my popper come from just at the start of 2nd

    im between 5 and 6 mins with my popper (un modded), im using a tempo one from kmart, not that it matters as theyre probably all from the same factory anyway

    good call on sorting out the pressurised basket, i had a cafe crema a few years ago and the parents got it now, with krups basket it makes a damn nice coffee

    your roast looks nice and consistent but slightly oily, my beans usually come out dull and a bit lighter, all up to preference though

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    Re: Another first home roast

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    I am making it to the second crack, the ones on the photos above were definitely. The attempts afterwards probably needed to roast longer, I took them out at 7min, I was collecting the blown off chaf with the Vac at the top of the popper in my second attempts, as they were roasting and noticed this seemed to slow down the roasting as it had a cooling effect.

    My second attempts the beans are coming out lighter and dull, and just not happy with the flavour.



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