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    Review my Roast!

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    Hi Snobs,

    This afternoon i thought i would play around a little with the beans i have on hand and do a simple blend - probably not going to be any good but im open to giving things ago. I was hoping you guys could check out and review different areas of my roasting process.

    Firstly i have a simply coretto setup that seems to work quite well. After the roast i cool the beans with a fan in a siv (not sure how to spell that).

    My roast started with the following quantities of beans
    125g Peru Ceja de Selva Estate
    75g Ethiopian Gambella Sundried
    50g Mexican Yeni Navan Typica

    Total 250g

    At the end of the roast the total weight of the beans was 209g

    First crack came at 11.49min and second crack approximately 4-5minutes later. (I did have exact details however used my smartphone and lost all the stats!) I pulled the roast just into second crack which was just rolling when it began to be cooled.

    When second crack started there was lots of smoke started to come off the beans however they werent on fire - is this normal.....it stopped as soon as the heat was removed.

    Ive attached a pic which shows the beans brighter than they actually are - once again to the smartphone which isnt so smart. I believe they may be near CS10 but struggle to tell as i dont yet have a card and go by rather i use my computer. There are also a few beans which you can see that are more red in colour, i believe theyve been called quakers in the past? Is this due to the different beans etc or something more on my part?

    Anyway i would love you critical comments or encouragement! ha. Coffee has gotta be worse than cocaine, its addictive stuff!

    Thanks in advance.




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    Re: Review my Roast!

    Quote Originally Posted by 73717C71607562100 link=1336981633/0#0 date=1336981633
    Hi Snobs,

    This afternoon i thought i would play around a little with the beans i have on hand and do a simple blend - probably not going to be any good but im open to giving things ago. I was hoping you guys could check out and review different areas of my roasting process.

    Firstly i have a simply coretto setup that seems to work quite well. After the roast i cool the beans with a fan in a siv (not sure how to spell that).

    My roast started with the following quantities of beans
    125g Peru Ceja de Selva Estate
    75g Ethiopian Gambella Sundried
    50g Mexican Yeni Navan Typica

    Total 250g

    At the end of the roast the total weight of the beans was 209g

    First crack came at 11.49min and second crack approximately 4-5minutes later. (I did have exact details however used my smartphone and lost all the stats!) I pulled the roast just into second crack which was just rolling when it began to be cooled.

    When second crack started there was lots of smoke started to come off the beans however they werent on fire - is this normal.....it stopped as soon as the heat was removed.

    Ive attached a pic which shows the beans brighter than they actually are - once again to the smartphone which isnt so smart. I believe they may be near CS10 but struggle to tell as i dont yet have a card and go by rather i use my computer. There are also a few beans which you can see that are more red in colour, i believe theyve been called quakers in the past? Is this due to the different beans etc or something more on my part?

    Anyway i would love you critical comments or encouragement! ha. Coffee has gotta be worse than cocaine, its addictive stuff!

    Thanks in advance.
    Sieve.

    That looks really good to me! It looks a little light in the photo. But as you say, thats just what happens when you take a photo on a dumbphone.

    Your times sound about right. 11-12 minutes for first crack, and then 5 minutes afterwards is about what I aim for. Do you have a temperature logger yet (as cheap as $40!)? These really help.

    Not sure about those quakers... Maybe a bit of research will help. But the smoke is normal. Its dependent on the beans, some are smokier than others. Let it rest, and report back once you have cupped it!

    David

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    Re: Review my Roast!

    You often get the odd light bean with Gambella, a straight Gambella roast looks like that. Doesnt affect the flavour that Ive noticed. Dont know about the other 2 beans but the gambella will hit its peak round about day 7.

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    Nice even looking roast, the Africans always throw up the odd lighter bean, give it a few days and then try it each day and notice as the flavours develop, the bean combo sounds like a nice chocolate fruitcake, look forward to seeing how it turns out :) :) :) :)

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    Thanks for the comments, ill let you know how it goes once theyve rested for a few days. Ive got a thermo coupling but nothing to log the data, probably time to invest in something.

    Haha, the wife read your comments greenman about the chocolate fruit cake - thinks were mad! Doesnt suprise me though as she cant stand coffee.....damn shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 585A575A4B5E493B0 link=1336981633/4#4 date=1336988680
    Thanks for the comments, ill let you know how it goes once theyve rested for a few days. Ive got a thermo coupling but nothing to log the data, probably time to invest in something.

    Haha, the wife read your comments greenman about the chocolate fruit cake - thinks were mad! Doesnt suprise me though as she cant stand coffee.....damn shame.
    Thermocouple and a multimeter? Thats all you need? Just print a blank graph and plot the temperature every minute or half minute with a pencil. Ive bought a visual art diary, glue the graph on the left, and write all the details of the roast and tasting notes on the right.

    Much cheaper than a computer connection... :)

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    Nice and simple David - sounds like a plan. I often get caught up in over complicating things. Ill give it a shot next roast.

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    Re: Review my Roast!

    Finally opened the bag last night and gave this coffee a go as a latte first. Im only a young fella so my palate still requires a lot of training. In the milk it was nothing exceptional (6days post roast). On its own as an espresso (again 6 days post) it was very smooth with a watery mouth feel. It poured very think at first and appeared quite syrupy.

    I gave it another go today (7days). I again tried in milk and it really cut through. I did adjust the grind this time which i think helped some what. I noticed more chocolatey flavours today. I will try again later with my daily arvo espresso.

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    Just putting it out there - this is a great little blend as an espresso. Not very bitter but slight hints of it. Great mouth feel and nice little fruity punch! Worth a try anyway. I like that it pulls through the milk nicely too (something to please the guests). Also leaves a wonderful after taste. The Peru makes for a great base i think. ;)



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