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    popcorn makers ??

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    Hey,

    After reading alot about home roasting on here at coffeesnobs, i have decided to start trying it myself. The general consensus on here seems to be a popcorn maker as a starting point as it is relatively cheap.

    While having a look on google for what popcorn makers are available i remembered i read something on here by someone saying that you should try and get a popcorn maker with a lower wattage if possible so the beans can roast for longer? (I have seen a few from kamart, bigw and a few other places. Most are 1250 watt.) My question is, is that true and if it is why is that? if it isnt why also is that?

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    Chris :)

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    Hi Chris
    Either that, or have the cordless drill on hand ;D

    Seriously though, I believe (although I dont have any personal experience - I jumped straight into a corretto) the basic issue with a standard popper is that it is really efficient at browning the outside of the beans quickly (3-4 mins) but doesnt leave time for sufficient roast depth for best flavour. A lower powered popper will take slightly longer, and should help a bit, but when an ideal roast time is 15-17 minutes - I dont think any popper will do this out of the box (please feel free anyone to jump in on this anyone!).
    So I think any machine you buy can work well - but youll need to be prepared for some basic tinkering whatever you get, even if its just a chimney extension…

    Lots of threads on these mods on the site - so just go for it, and have fun!

    Matt

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    Re: popcorn makers ??

    Thanks for the advice Matt. After posting this question last night i only had to look down through the forum to see that other people have posed similar questions with heaps of replies with lot of informative infomation from other who have experimented with popcorn makers.

    I went late last night to k-mart (24 hour) and brought 2 of there 12 poppers and will have a play around with them while i wait for the beans to turn up

    once again thanks :)

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    No worries
    Enjoy the ride! It really is a great hobby and the results are really worth the effort…

    Matt

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    Hi CoffeeChris, I just started roasting in a popcorn machine a couple of months ago and had many concerns about how to get it right and how much modification Id need to do after spending a bit of time looking over the internet.

    In the end, my wife just went out and bought me a popper for my birthday to which I was a bit shocked (was it the right one, the right type, the best etc. etc.). So that night I went home, set myself up in the garage with stop watches, something to stir with, a thermometer and the beans Id just got a couple of days earlier and ended up standing there watching the beans go round wondering if I was supposed to be doing anything else.

    I roasted 100gm of Ethiopian Ghimbi beans and they turned out brilliant! No effort other than turning it on. Much better than any of the stuff Ive been buying - probably just because they were mine. Even so, I havent bought roasted beans since and probably wont again.

    Im sure you can modify things to be better and I probably will when I have more time (when the kids leave home in about 18 years!). But for now, these Im loving the best coffee Ive had in ages and enjoying sitting out in the back yard on warm evenings roasting with a coffee in hand too.

    Everyone should roast their own beans, its easy, cheap, gives great results for close to no effort and relaxing to boot.

    Bevan.

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    Re: popcorn makers ??

    Quote Originally Posted by 594904404041330 link=1323770670/4#4 date=1323995043
    Hi CoffeeChris, I just started roasting in a popcorn machine a couple of months ago and had many concerns about how to get it right and how much modification Id need to do after spending a bit of time looking over the internet.*

    In the end, my wife just went out and bought me a popper for my birthday to which I was a bit shocked (was it the right one, the right type, the best etc. etc.).* So that night I went home, set myself up in the garage with stop watches, something to stir with, a thermometer and the beans Id just got a couple of days earlier and ended up standing there watching the beans go round wondering if I was supposed to be doing anything else.

    I roasted 100gm of Ethiopian Ghimbi beans and they turned out brilliant!* No effort other than turning it on.* Much better than any of the stuff Ive been buying - probably just because they were mine.* Even so, I havent bought roasted beans since and probably wont again.

    Im sure you can modify things to be better and I probably will when I have more time (when the kids leave home in about 18 years!).* But for now, these Im loving the best coffee Ive had in ages and enjoying sitting out in the back yard on warm evenings roasting with a coffee in hand too.

    Everyone should roast their own beans, its easy, cheap, gives great results for close to no effort and relaxing to boot.

    Bevan.
    If youre happy now, youll be apoplectic with joy when you upgrade to a Coretto. Although the initial roasting of a whole 600grams of greens may be daunting, it will be less so once your stash exceeds 20Kg.

    Amanda

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    Re: popcorn makers ??

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    My popper just roasted its last roast, I think the fan has died as the barrel heats up but there is no air movement (or noise) so I may be on the lookout for a cheap breadmaker after christmas... Unwanted giftaybe!? :-)



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