[Homeroast] recognizing quakers?

Seth Grandeau grandeau at gmail.com
Mon Aug 2 09:57:05 CDT 2010

I pull out the very light brown beans that really stand out, compared
to the normal roasted brown guys.  Pop one in your mouth and give it a
crunch.  You may be surprised to find a taste similar to peanut.
Also, be on the lookout for small rocks.  They're usually hard to find
in green coffee, but they stand out, after roasting.  I've only found
one, so far, in 2+ years of homeroasting, but I'm glad I grabbed it
before it hit the grinder.

On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM, John A C Despres <johndespres at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, Joe, and welcome to home roasting.
> I don't typically cull my roasts after roasting. However, if I notice gray
> beans, I do toss those out. For the most part, Sweet Maria's beans are
> pretty darn defect free, so don't sweat it too much.
> Now then, your roasts from Ethiopia will tend to be a little more uneven, or
> any dry process beans for that matter, I think... Yemen beans may look a
> little rangy, but enjoy them as is.
> My little poem to help me - "If they're gray, throw 'em away. If their
> brown, drink 'em down". Too much culling will change the characteristics of
> that particular bean in the cup.
> If you're roasting beans from Sweet Maria's, roast & drink. If your beans
> are from elsewhere, you may need to do more pre-roast culling of defects as
> the quality may not be as high.
> Once you're coffee is roasted and you see something suspicious, eat the bean
> and pay attention to the color. Very light brown will probably be bitter,
> gray could very well be sour and other slighter darker beans could be sweet
> and fruity. Learn the colors associated with the flavors and you'll decide
> which to keep after a while.
> My 2 cents worth.
> Mostly have fun and keep the questions coming..
> John
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