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    My experience......

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all,

    I joined this co-op just over a week ago almost a total newbie at the roastng game. To get me started Rae sent me 1kg each of Sumartran, Yirgacheffe and Tarazu. My first roast was with the Sumartran becuase I was told it is good to drink anly a couple hours after and I was pretty anxious to sample my fancy new beans! A was a bit nervous about roasting this batch too much and I pulled them out quite light. Since then I have tried all of the beans with my best batch being my last which was a pan roasted Sumartran. I have also bought a popper but I have come to the realisation that it is not getting hot enough and it might need to be tweeked a bit.

    Looking forward to more roasting fun.

    David.

    BTW does anyone have an issue with too much smoke in the house from the roasting?

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    Re: My experience......

    Smoke in the house? I have had so much smoke ... my clothes and my hair smells like smoke ...

    I have had to "work" in the garage, and ventilate using a table top fan ...

    Welcome to roasting, glad you are enjoying yourself.

    Have you tried using the popcorn popper in a box? I just started roasting 1 month ago, faced the same problems as you. I used a box ... and started getting the first crack and then second crack, although my results are still not consistant yet, I think I get nice tasting beans.

    Burnt 1 batch of decaf, when I roasted at midnight ... was simply too cold, and I was just listening out for the first crack and not watching the time. Never cracked ... :)

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    Re: My experience......

    Fun isnít it?

    The amount of beans you roast in a popper affects the temp also. Larger batches slow down the airflow and will get hotter. For me 60g of beans will not get to second crack and 180g will get so hot that the popper cuts out and will not start again until it cools down. 80g Ė 160g works fine to second crack in my unmodified Chef Popper. Although some people have reported no luck until they disable the thermostat.

    The larger batches will spray beans every ware but a tin can with both ends removed placed on top of the popper will fix that. The thinner Asparagus Spears sized can will wedge into the roasting chamber without any other support but I prefer the regular baked beans sized can just resting on top through the hole for the butter melting dish. This way the beans donít hit the bottom lip of the can so it runs quieter.

    I have never used my popper in a box but it the bottom of the sink with a stainless strainer balanced over the top it catches the chaff nicely.

    Cheers

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    Re: My experience......

    Quote Originally Posted by SydneyRoaster link=1090324762/0#0 date=1090324762
    Hi all,

    IBTW does anyone have an issue with too much smoke in the house from the roasting?
    I wouldnt roast inside even with a powerful extraction fan, the smoke stains and odor will build up and look and smell most unpleasant.

    Outdoors is ideal if possible, I prefer to roast when theres a bit of wind blowing and make sure Im upstream of it. Still usually end up stinking of smoke though.

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    Re: My experience......

    I roast out in the garage.
    I started with a popper and have progressed to a little home roaster unit - Imex CR-100 (which I reckon is great).
    Since I like a dark roast - boy do I get smoke sometimes.

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    Re: My experience......

    My wife complained, and I was kicked out of the house.
    I now roast in my shed which gets full sun and is very pleasant. I have three poppers and as one cuts out so I use the next. I roast 100g at a time and that lasts 2-3 days, so I love roasting and can roast quite regularly.
    I find each popper is terribly different. One gets hotter than the others, another has a very much more powerful fan and requires a longer cxhimney, but doesant get hot enough so I finish off in a popper that gets them hottest. I have found that 100 g, is my maximum and that 85g is the ideal.
    I hjve been using a POPPER FOR FIVE YEARS NOW, AND i HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF POPPERS. fOR CERTAIN REASONS i HAVE NOT YET TRIED DISABLING THE THERMOSTAT ALTHOUGH i WOULDM LOVE TO.
    I apologise for the Caps.
    Ken

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    Re: My experience......

    Ken,

    I guess if you enjoy doing it then good luck, but for me it sounds like a lot of work, Id recommend a heat gun and 500gram or larger batches.

    Once a week roasting, or if you want to do more than one roast in a session the beans will freeze fine from a fresh roast and last for a few weeks in the freezer.

    But then youd need another excuse to hang out in the garage, errr the grinder blades need sharpening :D

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    Re: My experience......

    Yes, we are a HUGE fan of the heat gun ;D
    We have new converts all the time, our brother in law is going to try it next. Its just so much easier for us.

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    Re: My experience......

    Ah yes the humble heat gun............. my my how we snobs have progressed from popping Coffee Beans with Pop corn roaster to using a simple little heat gun.... seem so long ago since my Imex was used. (Last week I used it to see if it was still working) I reckon the quality of the roast from the Heat gun is far far superior. Granted its a bit more work but the control is enormous.

    Those of you new to Roasting... Congratulations you have seen the light....... You buy it, You roast it, You controll it, You drink it, You appreciate your brews far more than any Instant guzler would ever know. Welcome to the world of those in the know.


    FB

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    Re: My experience......

    Yes, our Imex has been sold now since we have picked up the heat gun.

    We used to buy PNG from Attomica and it had a nice buttery finish which we couldnt acheive in the Imex. Once we roasted the PNG with the heatgun we could taste the buttery taste once again. So that showed us the difference between the two. You get more flavour from using the heat gun, can roast larger volumes and have a lot of control over the roast.

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    Re: My experience......

    with heat gun roasting ... what is the situation with the chaff? Does it fly all over?

    Is there any method to limit the mess made by the chaff? I am using a popcorn popper at the moment, and I roast in a box, so the chaff just goes into the box, which I can vacuum up later.


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    Re: My experience......

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    There is still the same amount of chaff. You could always put the stainless bowl into a tin box and hope it catches the chaff. You may have to try it and see if it works for you. We do it outside on top of the side burner and sweep it up afterwards.



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