[Homeroast] what's happening with these beans?

sci scizen at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 12:11:10 CDT 2011

I just roasted a batch of the Harar Longerry in my QM3 a couple of days ago.
I heard very few 1st cracks (maybe only 3 or 4 in a 225g batch), and the Q
is a very quiet machine. You can barely tell it is running (with no beans in
it). So, I'd say don't worry about that. You are correct to think that 1st
cracks vary.  Some beans have lively 1st crack phase, others are lame like
this one. As for the 24 minute roast time, try to get that down. I have
never used that machine, but plenty of others can give advice on it. One tip
may be to use it where the room temperature is higher.

Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:59:25 -0700
From: Kim Phipps <kphipps at mac.com>
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Subject: [Homeroast] what's happening with these beans?
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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?

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