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    Decaf wow

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Just roasted 500g decaf wow,
    Probably a silly question but was there ment to be any chaf?? I had none :-/ plenty of smoke from FC onward. Looks dark but pulled just as SC was about to start, i have read on here before that thats the best time.
    Looks good though and cant wait to try a cup
    Phill

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    Re: Decaf wow

    I havent roasted any decaf wow myself, but it is a swiss water process decaf, so there is usually very little chaff to speak of.
    Swiss water decaf beans will always look darker than usual, so it is important to keep good records of how you roasted it for reference purposes.

    Sounds like you have it in a good ballpark though. Hope you enjoy it.

    Brett.

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    Re: Decaf wow

    No, no chaff on mine either. I usally take the decaf wow about 30 sec into SC. I serve it work and people love it. I served it to a couple of industry guys as a FW (not telling them it was decaf) and they said it was one of the best FWs they have had in ages. You can imagine their shock and dismay when i told them it was decaf. Only problem i have found is that it is best consumed within a week, after that it gets that distinct decaf taste.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Decaf wow

    Quote Originally Posted by 5A766579766464170 link=1263004586/2#2 date=1263011299
    I usally take the decaf wow about 30 sec into SC. I serve it work and people love it. I served it to a couple of industry guys as a FW (not telling them it was decaf) and they said it was one of the best FWs they have had in ages. You can imagine their shock and dismay when i told them it was decaf. Only problem i have found is that it is best consumed within a week, after that it gets that distinct decaf taste.
    Cheers,
    May I suggest you try finishing the roast prior to 2nd crack? I get good results this way, both in flavour and longevity.

    Cheers!


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    Re: Decaf wow

    No, no chaff really because of its water process. Yes, just before SC is the best point to take it to. Love it.

    Its one of the few coffees I can drink from the next day after (hey its decaf and I can drink it any time of day, so I get excited and do), and gets better obviously a few days after that. Drops off after 10 days.

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    Re: Decaf wow

    Hmmm Ive really really been wanting to hit more decaf but Im really reluctant because I dont think Ill be able to roast it well.

    See, I roast inside, so usually I pull my roasts on or just after 1st crack so that the house doesnt smoke out too bad. I use a really good convection oven with a rotating tray and stuff, and the roasts always turn out really good - but, will it cut it for the decaf beans?

    And also, what about speed for roasting them? Like, should you ramp it up quick or do they like a long slow dry out before the temp goes up?

    :)

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    Re: Decaf wow

    Hello Philby and others.

    I dont roast CS Wow decaff but can advise I get precious little chaff off my water process decaff as compared to the quantity of chaff I get from regular coffees.

    As Dennis mentioned, try stopping the roast just prior to second crack. I know how hard that will be to determine on your small roasting devices, it can also be a bit of a bug bear on professional roasting machines at first.

    Slow roasting decaff, or roasting through second crack, will kill it stone dead and it will behave almost immediately as if it has run out of puff (ie thin yellow crema, volatile oils gone, thin character lacking body).

    Work out your profiles so that your roasting time is no longer than whatever roasting times you like for your non decaffed beans. *Rolley, dont ramp it up too quick at the start, remember its been "stripped" or blanched already in the process so is not as hard as regular greens. That however doesnt mean a long slow ramp up either, which is equally bad as it will strip out the character of your decaff and blow it out your chimney *leaving you again, with *a pretty "thin" result ;)

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Decaf wow

    Quote Originally Posted by 615542544F78644841414242270 link=1263004586/6#6 date=1265341978
    4th roasting machine arriving shortly!
    Gday Attilio.... :)

    Youll have to post up some photos of your setup soon mate, you know what were like around here when it comes to anything to do with great coffee..... ;) ;D

    Mal.

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    Re: Decaf wow

    For anyone interested there are some posts about roasting Decaf WOW on the Behmor roaster in the following thread:

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1263640076


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    Re: Decaf wow

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Thanks Attilio for that really good advice ;) I wasnt brave enough to buy it this month but I really do need to just give it a go dont I! haha :)

    mmm mm.. the appeal is there for sure, Id love to be able to have caf free coffee all day and night :) :D ::)



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