[Homeroast] Initial feedback on ElSalvador Apaneca Illamatepec?

Peter Louton peter at midwestbicycleworks.com
Tue Apr 20 13:08:05 CDT 2010

Hi Mary,

I can't wait to hear how it tastes.  I still remember my first behmor roast and I put in a pound and used the pound and P2 and B setting and it was a little under done for me, I'm not even sure it was City.  That was when I then have joined this list.  Since then, I have gotten much better and have been pleasantly surprised.  I'm now drinking a Sumatran from SM's that is almost 2 weeks out now and it is really nice.  I wish I was at home in Fort Wayne with my Technivorm, but this Krups seems to work ok so far...  The Sumatra was roasted on 10 oz at 1# setting P4 and the C and then adding some time to bring it to full second crack and then hitting cool button.  

Where I have had some problems is figuring out which beans need a long time or not.  My neighbor with a GS3 likes the Dolce Vita and he gave me some green ones to roast and even using 8oz of beans and 1# setting even getting to second crack is very difficult and so I'll use the 1# P2 setting start and run for 2 minutes, then hit off and then immediately reprogram it and then it seems to work great.  Well back to my Sumatran....


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On Apr 20, 2010 9:53 AM, Mary Shue <mshue at umich.edu> wrote: 

Well, today is the day I can grind some of this roast and try it.  I'm

drinking some Bolivian right now so later on today I will post back again.

These were my details for the first roasting of the ESAI.  I roasted 8oz but

set the roaster for 1lb to be sure I had enough time.  Although now I don't

think that would have been a problem since I used P1 on the Behmor.  I set

it for B so I started out with 20:00.   I roasted in my garage where the

ambient temperature was about 62 degrees.  I definitely like the absence of

the smoke alarm going off.  This may be my preferred spot to roast.  At

10:45-10:30 (15 seconds) I opened the door to slow down the 1st crack a

little (am I thinking right?).  At 9:45-7:45, the first crack occurred.

(9:45 was when the first couple of pops started).  It seemed like first

crack was done by 7:45 and the smell was getting pretty omninus so I hit

cool and opened the door for about 20 seconds to hasten the cooling.  The

beans look "about" the right color.  Is the preheat trick used mostly in the

P3-5?  So the total roast time was 12 minutes 15 secs, which sounds a little

short but I'll know later today.  I think I prefer full city roasts but have

not made a correlation yet between these terms and the tastes. I wonder if

Comet Coffee would do a tasting for me?   Any thoughts at this point (on the

roasting details)?  Mary in A2


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