[Homeroast] Transition advice

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Thu Jan 1 13:21:16 CST 2015


Tom used to sell lousy beans very cheaply expressly for such things as
testing a roaster. I looked just now and couldn't find them. I don't know
if I was looking in the wrong places or if he discontinued the practice.


On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 12:45 PM, John Nordling <john.nordling at gmail.com>

>  I've nearly completed my planning to take the plunge and put together a
> drum roaster. Thanks to the generosity of this list, I'm the proud owner of
> a 5 lb RK drum, and have started pulling together the last few pieces to
> put it into service.
> What advice can you guys offer for transitioning from a whirly pop to a
> drum roaster of significant capacity?  I know a batch will take about twice
> as long, but do you have any tips that will make my learning curve a bit
> shallower? (I'm going to get a good pair of welding gloves, so hopefully I
> won't burn myself wrestling with a 400 degree drum full of coffee).
> Also, anyone have a good lead on some cheap beans?  I want to do a couple
> batches that I don't care about as my first tries. Something I can use to
> get a feel for the grill, and how this is going to go, before I do
> something I regret to beans I like?
> Drinking a city roasted Ethiopian right now. Couldn't be much happier with
> how it turned out.
> Thanks,
> John
> --
> ~~
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> Email:  john.nordling at gmail.com
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