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    Smokey flavour in my home roasted beans

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    Ive never eaten coffee beans that werent covered in chocolate or finely ground and then mixed with water. Tonight as I was throwing a blend together, I decided to try munching on a couple of different roasted beans to see if Id notice taste differences. There was a very definite taste of smoke. I havent got any commercially roasted beans around the house atm, so I was unable to compare mine with anything else.
    I roast with a heat gun in a collander (in a bowl) and the smoke easily escapes. Im wondering if anybody else has noticed this smokey flavour present in their home roasts?

    Any commercial roasters, FC, is this common? Ive never noticed a smokey taste in the cup.


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    Re: Smokey flavour in my home roasted beans

    hmm...i havent eaten any of my beans ever, but i roasted some bali shinzan a few weeks ago, and the resulting espresso (SO) did taste smokey. Apparently i roasted it too dark for that bean, and was advised to roast it lighter. I did, in a blend, and i think it tasted better - had the flu and couldnt really taste anything!

    So maybe your beans are roasted a bit too dark???

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    Re: Smokey flavour in my home roasted beans

    Another possiblity is how soon after roasting you eat the bean.
    Beans are still changing a bit in the 24 hours after roasting, so the smokiness might subside a bit with time.

    If the roast is too dark however.... what Matt said will hold true.

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    Re: Smokey flavour in my home roasted beans

    Wow people that dont eat beans!

    I nearly burn my fingers every time I roast... cannot wait to get a finished bean in my mouth. You can tell a lot from the taste and texture of the just roasted bean, in fact for my lousy pallet it holds as many clues as in the cup.

    Im drifting off topic though...


    Could the smoke be a side effect from the chaff burning?

    ie: does the chaff blow away or burn-up?

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    Re: Smokey flavour in my home roasted beans

    Thanks for the suggestions guys,

    I tend to roast to the beginning of second crack, which usually makes for a medium sort of roast, so I dont think it is charcoal beans I can taste...

    The beans were about 4 days post roast so probably not too early...

    A high percentage of the chaff tends to blow away so probably not smokey chaff taint...

    Ill try the beans in another couple of days, and next time Ill try a lighter roast and see what I get flavourwise.

    I was at my local roasterie this afternoon and I mentioned my smokey beans. I tried a couple of his beans and got a similar taste to a lesser extent. After the bean had been in my mouth for a few seconds the same sort of smokey taste kicked in, so maybe I just need to eat more beans... ???

    My local roaster uses a Diedrich IR-12, after roasting a batch of his own PNG Sigri PB he roasted 3kg of Harrar Longberry I had brought with me.
    Its kinda cool having your beans roasted in such a high tech machine :)
    Although I still appreciate the hands on sensory experience of the good old Heat gun ;)

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    Re: Smokey flavour in my home roasted beans

    Having my own beans roasted wasnt planned really. A few weeks back I was telling the roaster about the uneven roasts I was getting from the Harrar and the fact that I wasnt loving it as a single origin espresso. He told me if I didnt want the beans hed be interested in trying them, and seeing as he is always generous with his time and knowledge I thought Id give him my last 3kg to see if he could do anything with them. He was roasting that afternoon and kind of just tacked the 3kgs of Harrar on at the end seeing that the roaster was up and running. I grabbed a few hundred grams to compare to my home roasting efforts. Ill try them in a couple of days.
    I also get to make my own coffee if the place isnt too busy :)

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    Re: Smokey flavour in my home roasted beans

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    My local roaster uses a Diedrich IR-12, after roasting a batch of his own PNG Sigri PB he roasted 3kg of Harrar Longberry I had brought with me. Its kinda cool having your beans roasted in such a high tech machine Although I still appreciate the hands on sensory experience of the good old Heat gun
    Hands-on roasting is fun, I guess thats why most of us are here!

    Im surprised that your "local roaster" lets you BYO.



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