[Homeroast] Strawberry jam on buttered cinnamon toast

Kevin Lauer kevinlauer26 at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 26 13:58:58 CDT 2014

I agree with Michael- I "upgraded" my hottop from a P to B and installed the K thermocouple. The B model can save 3 profiles and I don't use more than that. I've learned alot by being able to have manual control of variables throughout the roast.

I've also learned alot from this list (especially miKe McK) and thank Sweet Marias and all contributors :)

I'm looking forward to a real upgrade to kilo or 2.5 kilo sized roaster. After I finish my dedicated roasting room in the rear of a new garage- with humidity and temperature controls so I no longer have to roast in exterior basement stairwell. 

Two comments on roasting Aricha:
-I did a melange of light roast (1 minute into first crack) with a medium roast (just past end of 1st crack)
-I found it needs a full week of rest to really shine

I got some great buttery/roasted almond base, with some light fruit like pineapple or peach. This is a great, sweet tasting coffee. I'm going to try roasting darker to see if I can get some dark fruits. 

Thanks to Tom for such great coffee and starting me down the path!


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Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:20:42 -0400
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The hottop model b does what you want. But even with the p model that I have (or any old model) you can slow down the time from start of first to end of roast. First thing, as soon as first starts I remove the bean chute cover and leave it off. Next, every time the hottop temperature rises a degree I pull the back filter out for up to 8 seconds at a time, then put it back again. You've got to be careful not to leave it out too long at any one time - you want to slow the temp rise but not cause a stall where temp does not rise at all or falls. With practice I've been able to extend roasts reliably, especially for those more traditional roasts for espresso.

On Jun 25, 2014, at 7:31 PM, Starfinder Stanley wrote:

> Yes, I've been impressed by the improved profiles from lowering the
> steepness of the ramp between 1st and 2nd, stretching the time without
> stalling the roast.  I wish the programmable hottop would just let me
> adjust temp targets and fan levels on the fly, rather than making me watch
> a batch roast sub-optimally and then trying a modification on the next
> roast.  I expected a more manipulable machine.... it does a good job
> overall, but I don't understand why it doesn't have a fully manual option.
> (Other than the usual corporate desire to protect me from my otherwise
> unmitigated propensity for self-immolation)
> _______________________________________________

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