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    Coffee Roasting Andriod App, looking for feedback.

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hey everyone,

    I am a noobie coffee roaster, been making beer for many years but I just got my first at home roaster a few months back and I've been experimenting with lots of different beans.

    Anyways I'm also an amateur app developer and I thought hey would a specific coffee roasting tracker be of any use to anyone?

    Here is a link. It's fairly raw and I would love some feedback.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=self.is.ccahill.com.au.beantracker


    Happy roasting
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    Ace. I'm sure users will like this. Just installed it. Certainly runs OK. I added a green bean.

    One issue. After adding a bean and adding subplier was "Coffee Snos" I clicked on All Beans and saw my spelling error. Clicked on that bean and edited it by removing that supplier and adding "Coffee Snobs" and click save but the screen only shows still EDIT in the top right. There is no DONE entry like previous screens. So I can't exit that screen. I have to close the app.
    Also if you decide to ADD a bean but then decide not to there is no cancel button, again you have to restart the app.
    (Just discovered I can use the back button. Its not consistent. Preferences has a DONE button. Beans Stats needs you to use the back button.)

    The icons on the front screen are excellent. Nice and simple and understandable. I like the "abacus" one :-) So there has been some nice design work done there.

    Will play with a bit more on the train.

    PS. Users might want to be able to import roasts from the Windows Coffee Roasting Application which are in XML files. That would contain all your green bean names at least. Perhaps being able to import a CSV with "name, country, supplier, current stock, price, description, comment" would greatly assist being able to enter your beans. Many uses would have dozens of beans and hundreds of roasts.

    Mike

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    Hi Cal, also tried it out and worked logically. Not sure if an issue or I couldn't find it, each roast seems to be only single origon with no blends? As Mike suggested being able to store roast files would be nice, though might be hard on lower storage phones. First and second crack really aren't many parameters. Thanks for making sure the ads didn't affect usability.

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    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.
    I like the idea of being able to create blends, and its a good amount of work but I could definitely imagine some sort of import and export function in the future.

    I'm really trying to appeal to beginners and not over complicate the amount of information stored on each roast / bean, but do you think there is anything crucial that I have missed?

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    I'd suggest:

    In Green Beans being able to sort by country would be useful. When you want to add a bit of acidity you want to see what your stock of an African bean might be , rather than having to scroll though a longer list.

    In Roasts most users would be blending. Being able to have multiple beans in a roast is absolutely needed.

    In Roasts adding a roast color depth like the Coffee Snobs color card would be good. One could quickly see what roasts were light and what were dark.

    Also when editing a roast I can enter FC at 10 mins, SC at 20 mins and set a Total time of 18 minutes i.e. less than 20 mins. So those three fields are totally independent. Now we know application errors are always on the opposite side of the keyboard to the PC (or Android) but perhaps forcing Total time to be >= 2nd crack time. The user should not be able to enter a time less than the SC time.

    My opinion on features on software is that users (me included) will suggest so many features that it's usually impossible to add most of them as one will end up with a bloated complex app that is not easy and quick to use :-)

    PS. The title of this post says "Andriod".

    Mike
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