[Homeroast] Sucky decaf

Lynne lynnebiz at gmail.com
Fri Jun 25 13:48:07 CDT 2010

Hi Greg -

I think that's it (others w/experience w/both decafs and popperies can chime
in). I've also had lots of sucky decafs in the past. I roast stove-top, and
I improved my roasts when I made sure to extend the time. I found it tricky
at first - I was afraid of baking the beans, but it got to a point where it
didn't matter. Can't describe what mine ended up tasting like, (funky &
unpleasant comes to mind).

I remember some people mentioning that they used an extension cord that
helped w/extending the roast. I'm sure others will have suggestions. I aim
for at least 12 minutes for all my roasts (decafs can overroast easier, too)
- 14 is usually better for decaf. I only go as far as the end of first
crack, as I hate dark roasts.


On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Greg Knepp <response at kneppfamily.com>wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> I've been roasting for about 2.5 years with a Poppery.
> For some time now, I've noticed that all of my decaf roasts have an
> unpleasant tangy flavor to them, which overwhelms any other flavors in the
> coffee. It makes all decaf regardless of origin or roasting time taste the
> same; basically bad. If I significantly over-roast them, I can get them to
> taste burnt instead of just bad. :-)
> Caffeinated beans come out great at a variety roast levels.
> After the first batch, the poppery roasts everything fast - probably 4-5
> minutes to city or city+. I'm thinking maybe this has something to do with
> my results.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks,
> Greg

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