[Homeroast] Light roasted espresso

Pam Pearson pjpearson76 at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 7 13:38:29 CST 2014

Hi Mike,
I am fairly new to roasting, but I put the beans in around 215 and then adjust the Hottop after it reaches 350 and lower the temp and add the fan.   It slows the process down and I have not found the beans to be grassy.   I have specific instructions if you would like to try that.   By the way, what do you use to make your espresso in?  
> From: koenig.mike at gmail.com
> Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2014 14:11:35 -0500
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Subject: [Homeroast] Light roasted espresso
> In an effort to get some chatter back on the list - here is a topic I've
> been on lately..
> I had the good fortune to visit Tim Wendelboe's shop in Oslo, Norway (I was
> there for work and had some free time).
> They had two different espressos, both were single origin, (one from Kenya,
> one from Colombia) and both were roasted very lightly, probably no darker
> than City+.  The beans were still quite mottled.  They were, hands down,
> the best shots of espresso I've had, and the Kenya was just full of fruit
> and very sweet.  Now I've become obsessed with roasting lighter for
> espresso, but I'm struggling with how to not get the grassy taste that can
> come with lighter roasts.
> So far, I've been trying to drop the beans in at a higher temperature in my
> HotTop and going for a faster time to 1st Crack, then trying to go slowly
> from the start of 1st until finish.  I did get a phenomenal batch of Kenya
> SO espresso this way, and the two Workshop blends I have are pretty good
> this way, but sometimes a little grassy.
> Has anyone else been trying very lightly roasted espresso?
> Thanks,
> --mike
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