[Homeroast] Off Topic: Cocoa?
john at chocolatealchemy.com
Tue Feb 14 21:25:40 CST 2012
Hi Tim and folks - I am around. Just not chiming in a lot.
Yes, you can roast cocoa in your HotTop (about a pound). And the
Behmor 1600 which will hold about twice the Hottop amount (2-2.5
lbs). There are no contamination issues at all. I roast both in the
same drum roaster all the time. And generally speaking you can roast
twice the amount of cocoa as coffee since it roasts about 100 F cooler.
You can NOT grind cocoa in a motorized burr grinder. The oils (cocoa
butter) will load the burrs. You can use a manual coffee grinder or
a whirly blade.
Feel free to ask more here or shoot me a note directly.
At 10:22 AM 2/13/2012, you wrote:
>Sorry to ask an off-topic question. I know someone around here roasts
>Cocoa (probably more than one of you...) I have a couple of questions:
> - Can I roast cocoa beans in my Hottop (that I roast coffee in)? (I'm
> not terribly worried about flavor bleeding, I'm just wondering if I could
> roast both with the same roaster?)
> - Can I grind roasted cocoa beans with my regular coffee grinder? (same
> thing... not terribly worried about flavor bleeding - I'm willing to clean
> when I need a purer flavor on either side...)
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