[Homeroast] what's happening with these beans?

Yakster yakster at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 16:03:54 CDT 2011

I have run across some beans or roasts where the cracks have been much
quieter then usual.  How do the beans look in terms of the crack (still
shut, opened up) and the chaff?  My experience with dry processed Ethiopia
coffee is that you get a lot of chaff from the roast, was there a lot of
chaff blown off the beans?

Could these have been older or drier beans.  It can be hard to get good
cracks from low-moisture beans.


On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM, Kim Phipps <kphipps at mac.com> wrote:

> A bit puzzled: I was roasting some Ethiopia Harar Longberry last night in
> my Nesco roaster. Didn't load it too full, ambient room temp was warm,
> machine plugged directly into wall outlet. (no power strip or extension
> cord) I roasted for a full 24 minutes (not on the cooling cycle) to the
> point where the beans were very dark, and I was starting to get some smoke.
> (the machine absorbs most of the smoke)  Since I wanted a lighter roast on
> these, I pulled them and quickly cooled them down in colander. They are
> quite dark, but not yet oily. The strange part is, I never heard one single
> crack. The machine is noisy, but I always hear at least *some* of the
> cracking. I broke a few open, and they seem roasted all the way through. Is
> it possible that some beans don't crack, or have a quieter crack? Or did I
> just not let them roast long enough, in spite of the color and smoke level?
> Will taste tonight after sufficient rest, but I'm not very experienced with
> the Ethiopians, so I don't totally know what I would be expecting. Any
> thoughts?
> Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. -- Oscar Wilde
> Kim Phipps         kphipps at mac.com
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