[Homeroast] Homeroast Digest, Vol 25, Issue 23
robotyonder at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 23 17:09:23 CST 2010
'In the meantime, I'm
creating my own pig-trail down the jungle path to coffee nirvana with
occasional sideways glances in the bushes for snakes.'
> Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 16:40:13 -0600
> From: mldavis2 at sbcglobal.net
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Homeroast Digest, Vol 25, Issue 23
> It would appear that each roaster and each bean should be evaluated
> individually. Obviously some beans just don't look the same at
> allegedly the same roast level. Many beans can appear to be at
> different roast levels in the same batch. Immature beans come out
> lighter than mature beans, for example, and dry processed beans are also
> subject to variations in appearance.
> I'm not completely sold on using temperature because there can be too
> many variables with that as well. Commercial roasters are more suitable
> for temperature measurement because of larger batches and longer
> roasting times combined with more uniform placement of temperature
> probes. Home roasters have accuracy issues with probe placement since
> temperature probes are not often included within the roasting container
> itself due to the methods of agitation required (i.e. turning drums, air
> flow blowers, etc.) In addition, anyone who cooks knows that you can
> achieve a thoroughly cooked item with either a long, slow low heat
> method (crock pot, simmering) or higher heat (broiling, searing).
> So a final roast temperature of, say 450F, might result in the same
> level on a commercial gas-fired roaster day in and day out, but it
> probably has no direct correlation to a FreshRoast, iRoast2, Behmor,
> Gene, Hottop or your backyard grille.
> In my limited experience, I rely on a combination of sound, time,
> appearance and relative temperature readings from a fixed probe. Tom's
> bean chart is my best baseline for comparison until I can find someone
> to really teach me how to do it 'by the numbers.' In the meantime, I'm
> creating my own pig-trail down the jungle path to coffee nirvana with
> occasional sideways glances in the bushes for snakes.
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