[Homeroast] Subject: Re: Sour smelling & tasting beans...

Cameron Forde ceforde at gmail.com
Wed Oct 27 17:47:59 CDT 2010

Hi Sheila,

I believe that green beans should not be assessed duty or tax under
NAFTA.  I had to pay the first time I had greens shipped.  I promptly
applied for and received a refund.  Since then all my other shipments
have come through without the duty and tax.

As for roasting decaf beans, I usually increase the batch size in my
hottop (300 g instead of 250 g).  The larger decaf load roasts with
the same profile as the regular beans.  For Tom's espresso donkey
blend I roast about 15 s into 2nd crack.

Hope that helps,


On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:28 AM, Sheila McKinnon <ihs at shaw.ca> wrote:
> Hello again.. ;   many thanks to John for his suggestions.  I will try this approach later today.   The other suggestions have been of great help.   Beans are no longer SMELLING sour while roasting... or tasting  'ugh' while drinking.... so much to learn ;)
> With respect to the comment (plug - ;) ) of ordering beans from Sweet Marias...   I would love to, but as i am in the cold , frozen north, otherwise known as Canada, I understand that shipping green beans across the border adds duty and taxes (read $$$).  If someone on the list has different knowledge, please advise, as Sweet Marias beans sound divine...  I am much more limited up here from the 2 green bean suppliers in the Toronto region.
> Any suggestions would be most welcome.
> Oh yes...1 more thing...what are some of your experiences with DECAF greens...   I never seem to be able to get the roast 'just right'...either 'over roasted' (i.e. charcoal) or underroasted..  any thoughts??
> Thanks again to all...have a great weekend!!
> Cheers, Sheila.
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