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    Start roasting help Central Coast

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    The bug has bitten on the coffee journey and now I'm keen to see what fun and frustrations home roasting could bring. I'm keen to see if it's something I really want to get in to but feel all the reading you can do doesn't really give you a real idea of what it involves.

    im keen to either buy a cheapish($100) but easy to use and ready to go roaster to see if will roast long term or something like a Behmor and go full into it and hope it sticks.

    any one on the central coast NSW with a passion for roasting that wants a 6 pack or the like to show me what I'm up against?

    any feedback for others that have been in a similar place and what your journey has been?
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    When I discovered that CS'ers were roasting coffee on home-made devices many moons ago I discovered a popcorn machine in our cupboard and gave it a try, soon after I fried the popper trying to do too many consecutive roasts. I purchased a breadmaker on Gumtree for $30 and purchased a heatgun at Bunnings and away I went, I refined the setup over a couple of years and it produced amazingly good roasts.
    For little outlay the Corretto breadmaker roaster is a great way to learn how to roast--
    Enjoy the journey
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    Hi Mb, unfortunately I am not on the Central Coast but do remember way back when I was in your position ..... about 5 weeks ago. I bought a solitary bag of green beans and pan fried them, came out ok and actually drinkable. Confidence gained, I made the big investment of $10 for a breadmaker in my suburb. Had to rip the insides out as no suitable program on it, then started with only what I read here. Every roast has been drinkable but quality shot up when I bought a heatsnob from beanbay.

    As you can see very low cost and in all honesty drinking your own roast is very enjoyable, even my very first from the frypan with no idea. I would just give it a go if you don't find someone local, I am sure all of your roasts will be drinkable and move up from there. Good luck!

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    You can try a 'Handy Roaster' Mb21. That's what I started with until recently upgrading to a Behmor.
    It wasn't always the best coffee (sometimes it was great!), but it was good fun/experience as you have total control and visual the whole time. It's just repeatability that was hard.

    Ive been meaning to write a blog on using my Handy Roaster. If I get around to it I'll try remember to PM you.

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    I started with a popcorn popper, then went to a Stir Crazy/Turbo Oven, then tricked it out with a different motor and several other mods. All under $100 and roasting 1+ pound roasts. See www.bobbooks.net

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    The behmor isn't actually a big investment, because the used market is quite stable. If you buy something 2bd hand for 300, and find that roasting isn't for you, you'll sell it for 300. I have a mate in Cameron Park (West Newcastle) who behmor roasts, will see if he's free for a chat any time soon and get him in touch (also a forum member)

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    Thanks everyone for the replies.
    baref00t if your friends is happy to chat that be great thank you

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    Buy some beans and roast them on the stovetop in a saucepan, it'll give you the basic understanding of how the beans roast and the stages they go through. Back when i was using a saucepan (roasted this way for 3-4 years), we found Brazillian Cerrado or similar beans came out tasting ok/drinkeable from this type of roast/bake. Roasts would take 25 minutes though, constantly stirring to try and avoid (too many) burnt spots. Moving on to a roasting process that could roast beans evenly in about 12 minutes, we found Columbian, PNG, and El Salvador beans to have a great aroma and flavour. I'm waiting for delivery of a home drum roaster at the moment, and look forward to trying out a heap of beans again to see which beans have best results for us from the new process.
    It's a journey learning to roast, entry cost is very low if you start at a basic level.
    Have fun.
    ps. even stovetop beans baked for 25 minutes tasted better than the stuff you buy at the supermarket...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mb21 View Post
    The bug has bitten on the coffee journey and now I'm keen to see what fun and frustrations home roasting could bring. I'm keen to see if it's something I really want to get in to but feel all the reading you can do doesn't really give you a real idea of what it involves.
    Have you started somewhere @Mb21??

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    Hi moff no haven't yet, been away too much for work but still keen to give roasting a try.

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    I went from pop corn roasting, to heat guns and then a barrel roaster I had sent over from the UK, it is quite addictive and equally satisfying.

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    I am on the same journey, although I am only just about to move from the first phase (popcorn maker). It is great fun, and def addictive.

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    Hi MB21
    I live in Newcastle, and bought the Behmor 1600 + drum roaster from CS. I am new to roasting as well, as I have only roasted 5 batches at this stage. Stuffed 2 out of 5, but think I have it worked out now. Give it a go, it is fun and the coffee tastes great.
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    Good luck guys! I love reading about some of the awesome roasts people have done. I too thought Iíd give it a go and bought the Behmor a few years ago but after a few batches of what made Blend 43 seem like a high end single origin I caved thinking it just wasnít my thing

    Still love the concept and art of roasting...maybe one day Iíll give it another go.

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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Well my wife and I started on a Breville Crazy popper after reading some posts here and loved it.
    Couldn't do much with it as wasn't modded but was good fun.
    Since then jumped to a 500gm North machine that is fantastic and gone down the full profiling path with probes and data etc.
    Great fun! This is expensive way to go though.
    I think like everyone else has mentioned these cheaper options for home roasting is likely the best way to go.
    Or modded poppers anyone?

    Good luck all and have a great time! Taste, taste, taste is definitely the way to go. If it tastes good then thats good right?



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