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    My First Roast

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    It all began about a week ago when I bought my first popcorn popper to try and roast coffee. I was excited to find that it was nice and cheap would not break the bank ($18). I took it home with great excitement and then tried to figure out how to get hold of the ellusive green bean.

    My parents live on Mt Tamborine (southern queensland, overlooks the gold coast) which for was good as there is a Coffee Plainatation (http://www.tamborinemtncc.org.au/mttamborinecoffee.htm)on it so I called and yes they would sell me green bean for $16/kg :-/ This as you may be thinking is quite high but for a excited young man I was willing to pay just about anything. I held onto my green bean and took it over to my parents house, gathered together all the tools of the trade and so it began.

    It whirled and chaffed and started to smoke and as I peared into the cyclone of this new hobby I was happy. I left it roasting for 5min which gave me a fairly dark/light roast but I was not happy from the colours of roasted beans Ive seen. I tried again and this time it was way too light so I thought, go long and hard. I roasted for 6.5 min or so and what a roast, I have spent 15min hand grinding the bean with a pestel and morter but I now love the new clean flavour of origin coffee.

    The green bean I got came from a K7 Arabica tree which was about 10ft or so high. They dry process the cherries which leaves behind a bit of the parchment.

    I am expecting the Kenya AA any time soon so will see how that goes.

    Have a great Anzac day holiday :D

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    Re: My First Roast

    Hi Sabrey,

    How did you go with the Kenya?

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    Re: My First Roast

    Hi,
    I have found the Kenya to be Execellent. I have really enjoyed the body of the coffee but I am currently having to hand grind the beans which as you can well imangine is not the best practise. My Popper gave up the ghost last week as it wont stay on for more than 30sec or so and stops with the in built cut off. The fan does not seem to work anymore. I am going to take it back to Big W for a exchange.

    I have found though that roasting up at Tamborine MTN (about 1100ft) that the first roast took about 4min then the second about 6.5 min or so. I come back to brisbane and the first crack is going off at about 1min 45 and the second at about 2min 30. This really threw me out but after turning the smoke alarm off and opening all the windows to let all of the smoke out, I now do it outside which seems best.

    Catch you all later

    Steven

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    Re: My First Roast

    Hand Grinding the beans.....now thats dedication! Let us know if you are after a grinder ;)

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    Re: My First Roast

    Quote Originally Posted by sabrey link=1082936795/0#2 date=1083902178
    I have found though that roasting up at Tamborine MTN (about 1100ft) that the first roast took about 4min then the second about 6.5 min or so. *I come back to brisbane and the first crack is going off at about 1min 45 and the second at about 2min 30. *This really threw me out but after turning the
    that seems way too quick, are you using the chimney with the popper? I ditched mine and the longer roast times make a definite improvement. Some people use a long extension cord to reduce current and increase roast time.

    good luck, I only use the popper for hurried batches preferring a heat gun when I have time

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    Re: My First Roast

    I got myself a Chief brand popper, and tried my hand at roasting.

    I have not been able to get to first crack even after 7mins of roasting. The most I ever got was hearing 2 beans crack.

    Whats wrong? Anyone using this popper here? Could someone guide me on disabling the thermostat?

    Is coffee roasting about the length of time it takes to roast? Or the temperature of the roast?

    Thanks

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    Re: My First Roast

    Ambient temp may be to low try roasting in a more sheltered spot of in you garage if you careful.

    Rich

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    Re: My First Roast

    in my backyard, i did not even get to first crack after 10 mins. In the kitchen, I got 2 beans to crack. (Got a red card warning from my wife!)

    Looks like the garage is the only other alternative.

    Will try it tomorrow morning, as I have had to promise not to make the house a smoky affair in the evening.


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    Re: My First Roast

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    This afternoon I did another batch using a box, and increasing the amount of beans i was roasting.

    I had read a post in the coffeegeek site, about someone doing that. I managed to get more beans cracking, but have yet to taste the roast, as I have been drinking too much coffee this weekend.

    Will hope to get a cup next morning ...



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