[Homeroast] First Roast Ever

Yakster yakster at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 15:20:49 CST 2010


Enjoy the roasting. I think there's a lot to be learned by full manual
methods to start like poppers, heat guns, etc so don't be too quick to

A thermometer or digital thermometer/thermocouple can be really
helpful.  I added a glass hurricane lamp globe and a sieve to catch
the chaff to the top of my hot air popper. A variac can adjust temps,
but you can use an extension cord to drop the voltage if your roasts
are too quick.

I'm using a Behmor now and enjoy it with larger batch size and
programmability for reproducible roasts, but you give up control
during the roast.  I'm glad I started with a popper firat (well really
I started on a perf pizza tray in a convection oven, but smoke chased
me out of the house).


On 1/9/10, Ryan M. Ward <silvercro_magnon at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> I received my green beans today and roasted my first batch of home roasted
> coffee beans today(I decided to try a popcorn maker first, I plan to try
> other low tech methods tomorrow). I roasted two batches, the first I brewed
> shortly after with my French press, I liked the result even for an acidic
> Latin American bean(I bought them from a local guy, I bought the cheapest
> beans he had as experimental beans- they are from Mexico). The second batch
> is sitting next to me, I plan to try it tomorrow after it has outgased
> overnight. I can already tell that I am hooked and will be shopping for some
> Sumatra beans after I finish this email.
> Thanks for all of your valuable advice. I look forward to ordering a
> roasting machine in a few months and catching up with all of you(My other
> half even gave me the ok to buy the HotTop).
> Ryan M. Ward
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