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    Hi esteemed forum members,
    I am hoping to try my hand at home roasting.

    Love the forum and all the contributions everyone puts in. However, being a big geek, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestion as to a recommended reading list. I am hoping to get a basic understanding of what happens at the various stages of the roasting process to understand what is going on as we roast the bean.

    I have tried roasting once and really did not like the process. Resultant beans had a real green grassy taste. The beans looked the right colour but I suspect I did not give the beans a chance to degas after roasting. But then again, it was a while back and I do not remember the process, just that the result was way worse than ordinary. Hoping some understanding may help overcome this problem and also put me in good standing to be able to change the process as I develop

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Greenman's suggestion is definitely a good start, and Scott Rao's The Coffee Roaster's Companion is a must (http://www.jimseven.com/2014/08/13/b...ers-companion/).

    Regardless, IMHO home roasting is something that really should be demonstrated to you in person by someone who knows what they're doing. I'm not saying it can't be self-taught, however if you're forever guessing via trial-and-error, you can end up wasting a lot of beans. I don't have the patience for expensive mistakes.
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    Greenman,
    Thanks! Awesome link and just what I was looking for as a starting point.

    Balthazar,
    Agreed some things are hard to learn from books, but I wanted to understand the process before playing with a roaster. Will have to rap some local snobs to see if I can learn roasting at some stage

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    Paul,
    Thanks for the offer, but if I were in Melbourne, I would have picked up, shortblackman's cold dripper you should have run a course while you were up here in Brisbane
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    Quote Originally Posted by lupus View Post
    Hi esteemed forum members,
    I am hoping to try my hand at home roasting.

    Love the forum and all the contributions everyone puts in. However, being a big geek, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestion as to a recommended reading list. I am hoping to get a basic understanding of what happens at the various stages of the roasting process to understand what is going on as we roast the bean.

    I have tried roasting once and really did not like the process. Resultant beans had a real green grassy taste. The beans looked the right colour but I suspect I did not give the beans a chance to degas after roasting. But then again, it was a while back and I do not remember the process, just that the result was way worse than ordinary. Hoping some understanding may help overcome this problem and also put me in good standing to be able to change the process as I develop

    Thanks in advance for any help!
    Evening Lupus,

    Roasting is a simple process, any person of average intelligence should be able to pick up the basics quickly by reading and watching video's on YouTube, just Google Corretto coffee roaster.

    I started roasting about 8 years ago using a dog bowl insulated in a terracotta flower pot, Bosch heat gun, watch and wooden spoon stirrer, the first roast was a great success, shortly after a forum member (Greg Wormald)) kindly gave me a Breville bread maker which I promptly converted into a roaster, a bit of minor tweaking and my Coretto was up and running, the whole roasting setup cost me less than $200 and has been roasting approx 725 grams almost every week since.

    Don't let the geeks overwhelm you with jargon and numbers, once you start to work out what the process is all about the tech jargon will quickly start to make sense, if you can follow a simple recipe you can easily roast coffee.

    Pic below of my original flower pot roaster back in 2009.

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    Some good info spread throughout this Sticky at the top of the category...
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/home-roast...-roasting.html

    Mal.
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    Thanks mal. Have been reading up on the mechanical steps of roasting, but was hoping to learn more on the chemical processes occurring and how the different characteristics of the raw bean will affect the roads. However, looking through the link again, I may have found links and books I missed earlier.

    Thanks

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    Ah...

    In that case, I can highly recommend both the Coffee Research website and Willem Boot's Coffee Resources as excellent sources of information....

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    Cool

    Mal,
    Awesome! Most definitely more what I was looking for
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    Mill City Roasters have a youtube series which gives you great information in an easily understood format. Highly recommended
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    Quote Originally Posted by lupus View Post
    Balthazar, Agreed some things are hard to learn from books, but I wanted to understand the process before playing with a roaster. Will have to rap some local snobs to see if I can learn roasting at some stage
    I couldn't agree more with you on that point, and it's why I recommended Scott Rao's book in the first place. I'm a lover of learning and reading myself (in many cases for its own sake), and it's actually amazing how much you can actually learn from books. Go for it.

    What I should have said was, do both!

    True.... If you're in Melbourne drop by tomorrow (Sat) at 10am to join a free training session. Following barista training I'll be roasting. You're welcome to watch. I'll talk you through the basics.
    (Sigh) Why am I in Perth?? If I could just get used to Melbourne's lack of available sunlight...

    Don't let the geeks overwhelm you with jargon and numbers, once you start to work out what the process is all about the tech jargon will quickly start to make sense, if you can follow a simple recipe you can easily roast coffee.
    +1 with the recipe analogy, Jon. However, IMHO this hobby is slightly more geared toward developing one's intuition, and a general "feel" for how the bean's been roasted. Sometimes following a recipe to a T can still yield inferior results (even if you're generally heading in the right direction).



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