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    My very first attempt.... EXCITING!!

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    Hi everyone,

    I received my Green Bean Starter Kit the other day, and Ive been waiting for my wife to go out so I could play...

    Anyway, I have the heat gun from Aldi, but I thought Id start with even lower tech, so I went for a SS frying pan over my home gas stove. *A third of a cup of Honduras Los Bancos, and a wooden spoon.

    It was fun!

    I guess it took about 10 minutes. *1st crack was pretty obvious, but Im not sure that I really reached 2nd crack, which I believe is much quieter... I might have just been hearing general pan-fried sizzling.

    Not much smoke (fine for indoors), but plenty of chaff that I will now attempt to clean up.

    Anyway, here is a pic of the result. *Not particularly uniform, but they smell ... good. *Not much like I expect coffee to smell yet.

    Realised that all of my stashed coffee bags have been thrown, so I need to get me some proper ones in a hurry.

    So how long before I can grind them and try a drink?

    THanks heaps,
    LBBBB


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    Re: My very first attempt.... EXCITING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 163F3F18185A0 link=1262989174/0#0 date=1262989174
    Hi everyone,

    I received my Green Bean Starter Kit the other day, and Ive been waiting for my wife to go out so I could play...

    Anyway, I have the heat gun from Aldi, but I thought Id start with even lower tech, so I went for a SS frying pan over my home gas stove. *A third of a cup of Honduras Los Bancos, and a wooden spoon.

    It was fun!

    I guess it took about 10 minutes. *1st crack was pretty obvious, but Im not sure that I really reached 2nd crack, which I believe is much quieter... I might have just been hearing general pan-fried sizzling.

    Not much smoke (fine for indoors), but plenty of chaff that I will now attempt to clean up.

    Anyway, here is a pic of the result. *Not particularly uniform, but they smell ... good. *Not much like I expect coffee to smell yet.

    Realised that all of my stashed coffee bags have been thrown, so I need to get me some proper ones in a hurry.

    So how long before I can grind them and try a drink?

    THanks heaps,
    LBBBB
    Well done Lee, always good to achieve a personal first, you can try it immediately as I tend to do, however the collective wisdom on the forum recommends degassing in a one way valve bag for a few days. :)

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    Re: My very first attempt.... EXCITING!!

    Hi Jon, well you twisted my arm, so I tried them right away. Smelled beautiful out of the grinder, and pulled a nice looking shot. Actually tasted like coffee too, though pretty bitey, and with a hint of ash ;-) So Ill see how they go in a couple of days. At this point, I dont know how much of the taste is the Honduras beans, or the crude roasting "technique", or the age, etc.

    Looking forward to playing around some more. I might do me some Brazil beans right now, for an instant comparison...

    THANKS!

    LBB

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    Re: My very first attempt.... EXCITING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 6A43436464260 link=1262989174/0#0 date=1262989174
    So how long before I can grind them and try a drink?

    THanks heaps,
    LBBBB
    3 to 5 days

    KK

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    Re: My very first attempt.... EXCITING!!



    i used to use this setup and worked quite well. Before this i used to just hold the heat gun and stir. use something to hold the bowl if you can, someone was using a terracotta flower pot a while ago which looked like a good idea.

    i would then just toss / pour them from bowl to bowl in front of a pedstal fan to cool.

    i just roasted 500g of china China Yunnan Hougu (full washed) and as soon as they were cooled i made a shot and some iced coffees. The shot tasted good, pour was great so should improve in the next few days. but nothing wrong whit trying them ASAP after roast.... :)

    hope yours get better :)

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    Re: My very first attempt.... EXCITING!!

    I suggest that you both use a whisk for agitating
    I does a far better job

    KK

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    Re: My very first attempt.... EXCITING!!

    To add to KKs (good) suggestion, use a whisk which doesnt have a plastic insert holding the stainless handle to the stainless whisky-bits! Trust me, itll melt and your wife wont appreciate it. ;)

    Cheers
    Stuart.

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    Re: My very first attempt.... EXCITING!!

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    It tried a whisk and preferred the wooden spoon.

    IMO a whisk is good for whisking and a spoon is good for stirring.



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