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    Getting Started

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I have been thinking about getting a Gene roaster, but I am wondering how long it would take me before I was roasting good coffee. I dont want to be struggling with undrinkable coffee for months!

    Are there any books that I should read first?

    Thanks

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    Re: Getting Started

    Hi Cinder, its great to see you are getting into the wonderful world of home roasting. If you get the Gene you should be producing good roasts fairly quickly, they have a good degree of control over what you are doing and Im sure CSers using Genes will give you heaps of advice on the finer points. Get in there are you will be rewarded with great freshly roasted and great tasting coffee.

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    Agree with "gm" cinder...

    Theres a significant Gene Cafe users group here on CS and lots of advice will be forthcoming to help you get started and then get the best out of your beans. If possible, try to visit a reputable specialist retailer and have one and maybe a couple of others, demonstrated for you. We have a number of Site Sponsors who stock the Gene and am sure would be very happy to help you out. 8-)

    Cheers mate, :)
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    My first 3 or 4 roasts with Gene were quite drinkable.

    <modesty off> In the Adelaide Roast-Off my 5th and 6th roasts took second place next to a professional roast. <modesty on>
    Greg

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    Re: Getting Started

    Thanks, that sounds pretty reassuring...

    Is it worth doing some reading first?

    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinder link=1223766272/0#4 date=1223801052
    Thanks, that sounds pretty reassuring...

    Is it worth doing some reading first?

    James
    Hey there, James. It shouldnt take long to get the hang of home roasting. Reading up on it will definitely assist - through Coffee Snobs threads, these sites:

    http://www.sweetmarias.com/
    http://www.coffeeresearch.org/coffee/roasting.htm

    and, if you are interested in a handy good book for the basics of roasting (American):

    Home Coffee Roasting (Romance & Revival) - Kenneth Davids.

    Enjoy.

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    Cinder,

    Can I ask where are you based? I am sure one of us could bring the GC along to give you a demonstration at the next beanbay pickup.

    I would be more than happy to show you how it works.

    It is a fantastic roaster.

    -Linda

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    Thanks for the kind offer, it would certainly make it easier to see it in action. I am on the Gold Coast, which is probably too far away for most though!

    I am feeling encouraged to give it a try though :)

    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinder link=1223766272/0#7 date=1223855431
    Thanks for the kind offer, it would certainly make it easier to see it in action. I am on the Gold Coast, which is probably too far away for most though!

    I am feeling encouraged to give it a try though :)

    James
    Ahh! Then get in touch with Serge from Go Barista
    <<<<<<<<<<<<&l t;<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<
    Also on the Gold Coast and Gene Cafe seller. ;)

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    Cinder, the Gene is a great little machine. Quite simple to use. Ive only had mine for a couple of weeks, but my first two roasts have been very drinkable.

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    Re: Getting Started

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    Just had a look at one in action. When I came back home, I could see a big difference between the GC roasted beans and the commercially roasted ones I have been buying.

    Looks like I will take the plunge!



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