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    Wok Roasting on a BBQ

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi All

    Ive had a number of people ask me what my method is for roasting in a wok, and just wrote this up in response to a PM from another member so thought Id put it on here and share - its may have be done to death before and apologies if it has, but heres how I do it.

    Basically, I put the wok on the bbq wok burner at a reasonably high level until it heats up, pop the beans in (usually about 400g works best in my wok), turn the heat straight down to low and stir, stir, stir. Keep stirring constantly at a reasonable pace. Basically you dont want the beans to be sitting still in the wok at all). I use a flat wooden spatula for this - the wider the better.

    Once I hear first crack (a really distinctive snap sound) at around 6-7 minutes or so - can be sooner, can be later, it depends on how much heat is generated at the beginning - I usually bump the heat back up to hasten the first crack through and turn back down again after a reasonable amount of the beans has cracked (usually 1-2 minutes). I then turn it back down again to stop the beans from charring. I then keep stirring constantly until I hit the second crack stage (a softer pop sound) usually about 2-3 minutes after first crack and take them off the heat and dump them in a sieve.

    Grab another sieve and pour slowly back and forth between the two sieves until all chaff has gone and the beans are reasonably cool.

    The wok will collect a fair bit of chaff, depending on the bean, during the cooking stage. I usually just ignore it because it washes out in the cooling.

    And voila! Roasted beans in about 12 minutes.

    PROS:-

    • It is very hands on and instinctual – a bit like making a cake from scratch rather than from a packet mix;
    • You can eyeball how the beans are going and pull them when youd like to;
    • Two second set up, particularly if you have a wok dedicated to it that you leave on the burner;
    • No real clean up afterwards – just a quick wipe with paper towel (no cleaning agent) to remove the oils. If the wok is well seasoned, nothing sticks to it.
    • It is a very cheap, low tech way of roasting and the only real thing that can go wrong is either the bbq running out of gas, the phone ringing halfway through (I ignore it and let it go to the answering machine!) or you pulling them a bit early if the light is dim;
    • You can do a lot more at a time than some of the commercial home roasters; and
    • It’s a great introductory way of roasting because you get to know intimately the different sounds of the cracks and the way the beans colour.

    CONS

    • Not a very even roast sometimes, it all depends on how evenly you stir.
    • Because it is so hands on and low tech, it’s all very instinctive rather than being able to rely on roast monitors and temperature gauges.

    Hope this helps someone.

    Cheers
    Di

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    Re: Wok Roasting on a BBQ

    Hello Di

    I think this is a great post showing those who are tentative about buying all sorts of equipment how simply and successfully it can be done, even if it is as an experiment before said purchases.

    Most people have a bbq and a wok/pan, so outlay is zero.

    [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

    Id vote for a sticky on this.

    Chris

    ps: All they have to do is get the Hoyks game face at roast time - I remeber that one from CafeBiz ;D

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    Re: Wok Roasting on a BBQ

    I have roasted on many occasions on the wok burner of my BBQ but used a 2 lt pot instead

    One thing I do at rolling first crack is to blow off the discarded chaff with a blow-drier and resume the roast

    I only use a whisk for stirring

    I may have posted this picture of the last roast I did using the pan method in another thread (just lucky I still have it)
    KK


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    Re: Wok Roasting on a BBQ

    Very nice :) Do you mean I didnt need to buy my Hottop? :( :(

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    Re: Wok Roasting on a BBQ

    Quote Originally Posted by 474F575D40240 link=1247649208/1#1 date=1247653170
    Hello Di
    ps: All they have to do is get the Hoyks game face at roast time - I remeber that one from CafeBiz ;D
    Thanks Chris - that wasnt my game face, that was my two pack pollyfilla makeup! ;D

    Yep, Im a bit passionate about it...I think my work colleagues (probably like most of us apart from Andy and our other brethren who work in cafes) are pretty sick of me banging on about coffee and roasting! Thats why I love meeting up with anyone and everyone I can from CoffeeSnobs - it makes you feel like less of an odd one out!

    Cheers
    Di

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    Re: Wok Roasting on a BBQ

    By the way, if anyone else has any other feedback or other simple and cheap methods, feel free to post...

    Cheers
    Di

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    Re: Wok Roasting on a BBQ

    Weve moved on from BBQ roasting now, but that was where we started and got hooked. We tried the wok but got better results from a cast iron pot. Its hard to get a very even roast and its a bit hit and miss, but the end result was usually pretty good and we learnt heaps about roasting that way. It has the advantage over the popcorn roaster of being able to do large batches (up to 400-500 grams in our case).

    Thanks to Di for the original post. Thats what convinced us we could do it!

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    Re: Wok Roasting on a BBQ

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Wok roasting :) Reminds me of when I was growing up in Malaysia. I remember seeing someone roast coffee in a wok over a huge gas ring. Dont remember the exact details....it was many many moons ago, but now that Im browsing the forum. the pieces are all coming together :)

    thanks for the post. might be an easy intro to roasting without the need for any specialized equipment



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