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Coffee roasting
« on: December 24, 2009, 07:01:09 PM »
Anyone? I think I saw one or two of you mentioning it.

As I said in another thread I use a popcorn pumper and a hurricane glass. Those are unmodified, but I use an extra long power cord which will extend the roast times just enough to get better tasting coffee. It's totally by sight and sound - after second crack I give it maybe 5 seconds and dump it all out to cool. The house smells awesome when I bring in the hot beans.

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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2009, 07:47:38 PM »
I'm totaly in to it, I have a Gene Cafe' but I have some popcorn poppers in reserve. Coffee is like beer to me!

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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2009, 08:09:08 PM »
I'm totaly in to it, I have a Gene Cafe' but I have some popcorn poppers in reserve. Coffee is like beer to me!


That's pretty serious, I just looked at it on Sweet Maria's. I could maybe talk myself into the Behmor but you're outta my ballpark. I think I'd like to DIY something, maybe with a pid or timer (could be cheaper to buy the Gene  ;) ) - but the beer rig has to come first.
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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2009, 10:06:08 PM »
Like brewiing your equipment does not matter, the price forces the mothers of invemtion. I roasted in my oven b-4 the Gene. It is like owning a Conical Fermenter top of the line.:)

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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2009, 07:57:44 AM »
I had a Zach and Dani's roaster for the first 3 or 4 years I roasted, then "upgraded" to the IRoast 2.  I've used up 2 of them, they seem designed to last 13 months, now I'm back to a pair of popcorn poppers.  It's slow but works well and is cheap.
We like Central American and Indonesian beans most of the time, but I did find some Venezuelan beans that were phenomenal.  I think the company is Angel Falls Coffee  or something similar.
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2009, 05:14:05 PM »
I also have a Gene Cafe.  At the time, I wanted something that could handle 1/2 pound batches.  The Hot Top was out of my price range and the Behmor hadn't been released.  I do like the easy control over time and temperature it offers.  Cooling is the weakest point and I recently switched to an external cooling device (stainless strainer mounted in a 5gal bucket with a Shop Vac).

I've been stopping the roast anywhere from about 1 minute past the end of first crack to just after the first snaps of second crack.

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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2009, 07:29:45 PM »
I've been roasting for the better part of the past several months with the heat gun/dog bowl method.  Over the course of the past few cold weeks, I've switched to a cast iron pan on the stove top and while it hasn't yielded the most consistent roast, it's been serviceable.  I'll probably be scanning evilbay for a deal on a behmor this winter.

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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2009, 06:11:37 AM »
For a small batch I use a popcorn popper. For a much larger batch I modified the stirrer in a bread machine to be switchable and put the heating element on a rheostat/dimmer. I heat up the machine, dump in the beans and then use a heat gun to do the actual roasting. My original plan was to use the element, but it was too inconsistent and too hot so I only use it to get the machine hot. I can do a few pounds using this method and equipment, but generally about 1/2 pound is my MO.

I wrote about it here
http://forums.morebeer.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=22562
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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2010, 12:13:53 PM »
Modified $15 Poplite popcorn popper here, Use two stripped down tomato-cans as a chimney. Takes about a cup of beans at a time. Love the idea of the hurricane glass. Will have to try it

Have made my own blends that kick the hell out of Starbucks'.

Here's some pics of when I first built it in 2006. The third can wasn't necessary.



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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2010, 02:43:52 PM »
I use a 14" wok and heat over the same turkey fryer burner I brew with.

Set the flame almost low as it can go and take your time.  Start out the lid on the wok.  Once they start to crack remove the lid and start stirring.  Be ready to start cooling just a bit before they reach the color you're going for.

All the smoke stays outside and it really keeps your neighbors guessing about what you're doing.   ;D

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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2010, 12:01:11 AM »
I just use a medium sauce pan on high heat and move the beans all over the place with a bamboo spoon.
I had not roasted in a long while and had succumbed to buying a can of ground coffee. Then I roasted,
ground and had a fresh cup. Whoa what a difference. My coffee is a million times better. I just don't
like getting the chaff all over the stove... ;)
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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2010, 01:05:53 AM »
Now in a vain attempt to stave off cirrhosis I'm dusting off these unroasted beans.  ;D

5# 3oz Mynanamar arabica
3# 10oz Mystery arabica. A peaberry I think. Maybe Ethiopian
1# 10oz Kenya AA

If memory serves me right:

4 parts of the Mynanamar
2 parts of the Peaberry
1 part Kenya AA

I like going right to second crack and then cooling in a colander.
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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2010, 08:12:42 AM »

All the smoke stays outside and it really keeps your neighbors guessing about what you're doing.   ;D

Paul

I do the same thing in a cast iron pot over my fire pit. Just keep stirring.

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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2010, 08:21:53 AM »
I wish I had the time to roast.  SWMBO and I love good coffee.
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Re: Coffee roasting
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2010, 04:58:39 PM »
I used to have a Hearthware coffee roaster before the I-Roast came out.  I really enjoyed it.  After it died I started using a hot air popcorn popper.  It's not ideal but it works.  I haven't modded the popper even though it would produce better results.  I have been considering getting an I-Roast2 as I got to play with one a few months ago and really liked it.  I have also used the heat gun - dog bowl method.  It is much more "hands on" and can really help you understand the roasting process.  It also allows you to roast a lot more than a popcorn popper.  The freshness of the beans can't be beat.  Now if I could just get my wife to stop buying gas station coffee...   ;)