[Homeroast] Need Help - Almost an Empty Nester

Phil Palmintere phil.palmintere at gmail.com
Sat Aug 8 19:56:30 CDT 2015

Regarding altitude,  during ski season we live in Park City with an
elevation of about 6500 feet.  The rest of the year we are in a suburb of
Las Vegas at about 3100 feet.

I do notice a small difference in roasting at the two different altitudes,
but mostly as it expresses itself in the cup.  I think coffee tastes
slightly better when roasted at the lower elevation.  It could be my
imagination though.  I can't recall the exact differences, as my memory
isn't as good as it used to be.  Also, my memory isn't as good as it used to

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From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
Behalf Of Carol Lugg
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Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Need Help - Almost an Empty Nester

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
>> 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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