[Homeroast] Need Help - Almost an Empty Nester

Carol Lugg heislord at elpasotel.net
Fri Aug 7 12:57:09 CDT 2015

Terry and Mike,

How do you roast less than half pound, I have had trouble doing that. I
like my beans at a darker roast. Am I doing something wrong? The Hottop
I have is an earlier model that is not programmable. How would a person
do it so as not to end up with a light roast? I love my Hottop, but just
haven't been able to get it to do a dark roast on my beans when using
less than half pound. I am excited to hear that this is possible.  One
last question: does altitude make a difference? We live in Colorado at
about 6300 ft. I know when I see pics of what my beans should look like
at a certain time interval, mine are always darker.  

Also, I have always had trouble with my Rancilio Grinder, getting it to
grind coarse enough to really make a good French Press cup.  Am I doing
something wrong, or is there a better grinder out there?

Not that this necessarily makes a difference, but please bear with me. I
had a stroke almost 3 years ago, and sometimes I might have to ask a
question a couple of times. I honestly didn't understand your answer the
first time Mike. I read Terry's response, and then it started to click
with me.

Thanks Again,
Carol in Colorado

On 08/07/2015 04:33 AM, tfishe1 at tampabay.rr.com wrote:
> Having used many different roasters over the years, I totally agree with mike. New Hottops are $1100 now, and I, also the only coffee drinker in my home, have been using and loving the Hottop since they first came out.
> You can roast less than 1/2# of coffee with the Hottop.
> Best of luck in your decision,
> Terry
> From: Michael Koenig <koenig.mike at gmail.com> 
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Need Help - Almost an Empty Nester 
> I manage to use 1-2 hottop batches per week for just myself (espresso at home 
> and Aeropress at work). Even if you only roasted once every other week, I would 
> certainly keep the hottop vs. downgrading to a popper or freshroast. (I'm not 
> putting down those units, just you have a lot more control with a hottop). 
> --mike 
>> From: Carol Lugg <heislord at elpasotel.net>
>> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
>> Subject: [Homeroast] Need Help - Almost an Empty Nester
>> Good morning! I have what I suspect is not a unique problem, and I would
>> like to ask you for your help. For several years now I have used a
>> Hottop to roast my coffee and the Rancilio grinder. I have kept them in
>> pretty much mint condition. My problem is that we recently purchased a
>> Keurig, and while our youngest son likes my home roasted, French Press
>> made coffee, he seems to have taken to the Keurig, and uses it pretty
>> much exclusively now, because it's faster. I love roasting my coffee,
>> but if no one else is going to drink it besides me, a lot of it goes to
>> waste. My husband doesn't drink coffee, and our oldest son is married
>> and lives 2 hours away now. He loves my coffee, but as you can see,
>> that's not option either.
>> What I would like to know, is what are my options? I don't know that I
>> am ready to sell my equipment, but it is taking a lot of space on our
>> counters, and it's kind of sentimental to me, because my husband, who
>> doesn't even drink coffee, bought all of this for me.
>> I also have an old FreshRoast that I bought several years ago, when I
>> first got into this, to see if I would really want to continue doing this.
>> Any ideas? I'm a little lost right now. I miss my coffee drinking buddy,
>> but I also understand the ease of the Keurig for a young man. Are there
>> any roasters that wouldn't cost boatload of money and would fit my
>> needs? I have been thinking about getting a different grinder too,
>> mostly because I would like one that does a better job at getting the
>> grind right where I want it. Any ideas in this department would be
>> helpful too.
>> I know this post has taken a lot of twists and turns might be a bit
>> confusing, but I love roasting my beans, and I just don't get to do much
>> of it any more, since I can't drink that much coffee that quickly.
>> Thanks for your help!,
>> Carol Lugg
>> (Sunny and hot Colorado)
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