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Old 24th August 2017, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default Does any one else roast coffee?

I use an old popcorn popper I modified to eliminate the thermal cutout, with another power cord for the fan motor which I control with a variac.

I added a chimney on top because beans would pop out without it.
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Old 24th August 2017, 05:27 PM   #2
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You have to control temperature and duration to get it right. The same coffee will taste different with different roasting techniques.

Does your technique yield good coffee? Might be serendipity, might be your technique.

And yes I roasted coffee on a real farm in Jamaica. Rasta man grew everything in the mountains. He had goats, chickens, and made his own cheese. There was citrus fruits, allspice, corn, calalloo, hot peppers, tobacco, and of course the obvious. I stayed with him a couple times - it was awesome. He traded for rice and other staples at the market. He was only interested in making enough money to pay his property taxes.
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Old 24th August 2017, 05:53 PM   #3
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Don't like coffee, but do like the smell. Right around the corner from where I work is a coffee roasting business. Drive by at the right time of day, when the wind is favorable, and you get all the good smell you could want.
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Old 24th August 2017, 06:09 PM   #4
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The biggest problem I have is ambient temperature variation since I roast outside.

It is difficult to get the same roast when the temp drops below 40F, fan control helps with that.

Also, the smaller beans (Tanzania Peaberry, Ethiopian Yirgicheffe, etc) are more difficult to roast consistently.
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Old 24th August 2017, 06:52 PM   #5
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Home roasting is a fantastic hobby that is quite compatible with Audio.

There is such a large selection of reasonably priced quality green coffee available - it's like wine tasting, but a lot less expensive to explore the world.

I use a Fresh Roast SR700 roaster controlled via free open source OpenRoast software. The computer control is key, IMO.
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Old 24th August 2017, 11:08 PM   #6
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Presto poplite with a 28 oz tomato can chimney. I shake the whole assembly (potholders!) to help stir. Shake more vigorously between first and second crack which will slow the temp rise where flavor development occurs.
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Does any one else roast coffee?
Most important is good quality green beans. I traded in fresh roasted coffee many years ago. There is a huge difference between run of the mill and the best green beans. Your supplier is key. Try Merchants of Green in Toronto.

+1 to the fluid bed roaster (popcorn).
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The biggest problem I have is ambient temperature variation since I roast outside.

It is difficult to get the same roast when the temp drops below 40F, fan control helps with that.
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Old 25th August 2017, 06:55 AM   #9
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I've used Sweet Maria's, and fairly well calibrated my palate with their cupping notes. Their sample packs are a great way to learn the landscape.

A bit more expensive than the non boutique roasters, but very high quality and I find it fun.
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I've been buying from Sweet Maria's for 12 years and have never been disappointed.

Yes, I tried venting out the window, but the roaster produces so much smoke and chaff that it is impossible to keep it out of the house unless you are willing to build a vent hood.
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