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    YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

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    Hi all,

    I discovered this site about 3 weeks ago and it has been a godsend. I think Ive read through almost every topic thats been posted and the more I read, the more I wanted to try home roasting.

    I ordered a starter pack from Andy last week and bought a popper yesterday. Before I go any further I just have to say that the starter packs are a wonderful idea. Im really looking forward to finding the differences between the six bean varieties.

    After the roll of a dice, the Bolivian Colonial Caranavi Organic was decided as the first roast. About six minutes later Ive got these wonderfully chocolate coloured beans cooling in a colander and Ive gotta say it was damn fun!

    Its been about 24 hours and Ive just finished my first single origin experience. Made sure the rocky was empty and poured in some beans (oh, the aroma...), filled my double portafilter and inserted into the Gaggia Carezza. Talk about crema!!!! It looked amazing.

    Ive never tasted a coffee quite like this. I dont have a well trained palate so excuse the kinda vague description but it reminded me a little of christmas cake - specifically the hint of spiced fruit if that makes sense. Apart from that Im a little at loss to explain the rest of the flavour suffice to say that Im already looking forward to another cup.

    Cheers,
    Rosco.

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    Re: YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

    Welcome to the club, Rosco. Its a revelation isnt it? Something to bear in mind - dont stress too much about waiting 24 hours to get into those beans. You may find that you get a brilliant crema on beans that youve only just roasted, and its certainly worth having at least one single origin of everything you roast straight away to help identify the characteristics of those beans. :P :D

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    Re: YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

    Im impressed you got drinkable results with your first roast - well done! Freshly roasted beans is like the transition from cask wine to home cellared and the only down side is you can never look back once youve tried the real thing.

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    Re: YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

    Well done Rosco, welcome to the roaster club!

    as Wired said, there is no turning back now. Your next trip to the cafe will be the next tell-tale in your coffee journey.

    I agree with el espressio on not waiting too... I nearly always try a shot just out of the roaster, they do get better in 24 hours but the early ones give a good indication of what it will be like.... and I hate to wait!

    Enjoy the rest of your SOs and then you can start looking at blends of those beans too. Let us know if you strike something special.

    A.

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    Congradulations on a successful first roast and welcome to the world of fresh coffee! :D You do realize of course though that youve just destroyed your ability to drink coffee at 99.9% of the places in the world that serve it dont you? ;D :o ;D

    Java "Welcome to the club" phile

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    Re: YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wired link=1117950496/0#2 date=1117970514
    Im impressed you got drinkable results with your first roast - well done!
    Well it got the thumbs up from the flatmate so thats a very good sign. ;D
    To be perfectly honest I wasnt much of a coffee drinker until I got the carezza and rocky simply because I wasnt all that keen on what I got served whenever I went to a cafe and I was far to lazy to go find a good one. Even with supermarket beans I was getting drinkable coffee (I must note this is probably because I like a lot of milk which Ive read masks a lot of flaws) and this far surpasses that. Considering that Im still learning, the future is looking bright indeed. Ive even found that I dont require sugar anymore.

    Cheers

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    If you havent already looked into it might I suggest you consider fitting your popper with a chimney so you can roast more beans at a time which will extend your roast time which amoung other things gives you greater control over the roast level. :)

    Using the search string popper chimney will give you a nice selection of posts dealing with this subject. :D

    Java "Gotta love a good roast" phile

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    Congratulations Rosco, nothing succeeds like success. To come so far in so short a time since your web discovery is to be commended. As everyone else has said, theres no turning back now....

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    Re: YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

    I, too, have had a crack at a Starters Pack, doing my 1st 2 roasts under the supervision of an experienced snob. I took my Breville popcorn popper to his place, but left the butter melting top thingo at home and had to improvise with a cricket bat. Apart from melting 1 side of the top of the cover (Doh!), IT WAS ALL GOOD.
    I have never had such a good coffee - the crema, the aroma, the taste have left me unable to ever contemplate paying $3 for another coffee at a coffee shop again.

    Ive sort of fixed the melted cover with some aluminium foil, and its working a dead set treat.

    The tips on the site have saved me from making old mistakes, freeing me up to make new & exciting ones! Thanks!!
    Im off now to find a popper chimney. 8)
    Cheers,
    Choc.

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    Re: YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

    Well done Choc!

    The cricket bat improvision is err... umm... something that may not make the FAQ on home roasting but would have been good to see.

    Think of it more as a long handled heat baffle and its not a bad idea as far as heat control goes :)

    You still need to buy $3 cafe coffee sometimes, if only to scoff in your best CoffeeSnobs voice "I can do better at home" ;)

    Welcome to the fold!

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    Re: YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

    Thanks for the encouragement, O Grand Master Andy. ;)
    Choc.

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    Re: YAFR - Yet Another First Roast!

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    [blush]
    Not a grand master (or even close!)... just a tinkerer having a good time like the rest of the CS membership in search of coffee nirvana.
    ;D



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