[Homeroast] Initial feedback on ElSalvador Apaneca Illamatepec?

ricky carter rickylc99 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 20 12:22:59 CDT 2010

My guess would be you are closer to C or C+ of you stopped the roast right
at the end of 1st crack.  The times seem about right.  I have decided on a
slightly larger load for the Behmor, I typically use 300 grams now.  It
seems to give me a more even roast.  You should roast the same bean all the
way into a good 2nd crack and then adjust times shorter from there to get to
where you want to be on subsequent roasts.  For FC, I  go to the first
outlier cracks of 2nd before ending the roast.

The preheating is only effective on P3-P5. The preheat is done using P1 for
up to 2 minutes.  I look at this as the equivalent to the "drop" in a
traditional drum roaster, it puts heat into the beans quickly to get them up
to the start of the roast stages.  P3-P5 first legs seem to lack the ooomph
to get this done on their own.

On Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 7:07 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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