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    Yet another Newbies first efforts

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Well perhaps the thumbs up is a bit premature, only tomorrow morning will tell :)

    On Sunday last week I went to the coffee festival here in good ol Sydney town, and went to the roasting session with Toby from Tobys Estate. On the way out he was handing out a handful of green beans he bought in, so I snagged some. Last night I got out all my nice shiny new home roasting kit and gave it a whirl.....

    My first impression was that home roasting wasnt as difficult as I thought it could have been - no matter how much I had been reassured by the discussion here, I still had some trepidation.

    My second impression was that it didnt produce as much smoke as I thought it may have - that may be because I didnt roast it long enough or hot enough, dunno.

    Third impression was that there wasnt an overwhelming fresh roast coffee smell where I was working (underneath the block of units I live in, in the garage area). It did smell very nice, but not the overwhelming smell I was expecting..... no big deal.

    Heres the process I used.

    I pulled out the trusty heatgun, and didnt use a nozzle at all (is that commonly accepted practice?). Green beans into a metal mesh strainer that has a metal frame, and the strainer held in a stainless steel mixing bowl. I tried used a stainless steel whisk and also a bamboo stirrer to stir the beans, and I decided the bamboo stirrer was best (but think that was mainly because the handle on the whisk was too short and it got hot quickly :o)

    Took the roast through first crack at 5 mins, and into a rolling second crack (or at least what Id call rolling - almost continuous for about 2 minutes) at almost 11 minutes, and then cooled off by initially tossing it between an aluminium collander and another stainless bowl, and then blow-dried them with a hairdryer on fan only. They came out a nice mix of dark and light (due to the fact that the green beans were of two varieties, not inconsistency in the roast) and a hint of oil coming to the surface of the bean.

    So now I am waiting in anticipation of tomorrow morning when I will grind them and make the first long awaited shot.

    Cant wait ;D

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    Re: Yet another Newbies first efforts

    poundy, welcome to the fold. You know, there is no turning back now.

    Home roasting us great – and as you said, not at all difficult. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want – you decide.

    Cheers
    Ed

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    Re: Yet another Newbies first efforts

    When you first home roast its a wonderful feeling and with successive roastes one appreciates that fact YOu are in control of the final product, not the retail coffee suppliers.
    Well done Poundy, I agree with what Ed has said. so welcom to the fold from me too.

    FB

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    Re: Yet another Newbies first efforts

    Thanks everyone for welcoming me to the fold.

    Heres my update.

    Saturday morning, the anticipation, oh the anticipation. Woke up early that morning, dug the Mazzer out of the cupboard, and ground up my meagre handful of beans. Charge up the machine, hit the button, and out it comes, my first shot of coffee that Ive taken from green beans to end product. Niiiice......

    The coffee had a woody aftertaste. :o I suspect I may have actually roasted it too long! ;)

    Great fun, and very enjoyable to see a finished broduct out the other side. Now I just need more beans !

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    Re: Yet another Newbies first efforts

    [quote]Third impression was that there wasnt an overwhelming fresh roast coffee smell where I was working (underneath the block of units I live in, in the garage area). *It did smell very nice, but not the overwhelming smell I was expecting..... no big deal.[quote/]

    Did you notice that after it sat overnight that nice coffee aroma started to set in when you opened the jar to try it?

    The friends that I have shown how to roast coffee have all commented on the lack of coffee smell while roasting, they also think roasting in a popper or with a heat gun is VERY strange, but once they smell it after it has sat for a while they dont look at me so strangely *;) And once they taste it, they even show a bit of respect *;)

    Rae

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    Re: Yet another Newbies first efforts

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    oh yeah, when I opened the bag after it had sat about 32 hours it smelt much stronger, and a bit more prominent when ground.



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