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  1. #1
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    Question Coffee Roasters??

    Any other folks out there that roast their own
    coffee beans??

    I began doing it a couple years ago and love it.
    Great coffee and a lot less money than store bought.

    The great points about roasting your own:

    *Less money. Green beans range in the $4 to $5 a
    pound range delivered.

    *Easy to roast. You can buy spendy roasters or do like
    I do. Pick up a hot air popcorn popper at a garage sale
    and use it to roast. No kidding. Takes 4 or 5 minutes
    and you have fresh roasted coffee.

    *The small farmer gets the money. I use the Green Coffee
    Buyers club and you can get coffee that comes from coop
    coffee grower outfits. Most the $$$ goes to them

    *Lots of variety. You can get Jamaican, Kona, Sumatran,
    and many, many more. Many Organic.

    *Green beans stay fresh for over a year.

    I am in the process of converting a Ronco Rotisserie oven
    into a small drum roaster and plan on selling a bit at farmers
    markets this coming season.

    Any info I can help you with let me know. It's a great hobby
    that can save you money, provide super coffee, put $$ in
    the pockets of folks that should get it, and.... you can make
    a few bucks at the farmers market.

    Sipping a cup of Rwanda - Abakundekawa right now. Tasty!!

    Bruce

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    Great idea, I do roast my coffee in the oven and it is not practical, lot's of smoke, have to disconnect smoke alarms when roasting. Do you have any pictures?
    ==Northumberland County Beekeeper, Trent Hills, Ontario==

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    No pictures of mine. But here's a link to how
    to use one. There are lots of modifications folks
    do. Like on/off switches, thermometer, etc.

    I don't have any mods, but would like to. The
    one I will first do is add an exhaust system out
    the kitchen window as I don't have an stove
    exhaust fan.

    Going to 2nd crack is gonna get you smoke. I like
    my beans at just when the 2nd crack starts.

    The holy grail of air poppers is the Poppery number
    1. Actually is labeled just Poppery vs Poppery II. It
    has an on/off switch and is 1500W vs 1200W. I run
    the Poppery II which are common at garage sales,
    thrift stores, etc. Found 1 of the first models but
    elected to sell it on ebay...... for $55!!! I regret
    selling it sometimes, but a $50 profit ain't bad.

    I have 3 of those poppery II's and run 2 at the
    same time as they don't roast much at a whack.

    http://www.ineedcoffee.com/05/poppery/

    Here's some cool modifications...... someday

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/28/h...offee-roaster/

    Can't find the link on making that cool vent system.

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    The Behmor 1600 is a good machine for roasting up to one pound (works best with 1/2 pound). Sweet Maria's is another place that carries a large selection of beans.
    I like roasting my own because most store bought coffee is inferior beans (especially Robusta) that have been over roasted to get rid of any off flavors. The darker coffees have lost the signature flavor of the bean which is a great thing for a lousy coffee. So when you buy your own beans, you can roast in the "City" range and get some of the actual varietal bean flavor. Most of my coffee is roasted just a little beyond first crack but I tend to purchase Ethiopian, Indonesian and Hawaiian coffees that don't need to be burnt to taste good.
    Sundance - is this the first thing we have ever agreed upon

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    Quote Originally Posted by HVH View Post
    Sundance - is this the first thing we have ever agreed upon

    I am sure there are a couple other things too.

    If I were rich and famous I'd probably have a Behmor.

    The Ronco Rotisseri conversion is a good one I have
    heard first hand. I have 2 in the shop awaiting that
    modification.

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    The Behmor is frustrating to use and could be made much better if it allowed the user to add 15-30 seconds at the end of an already maxed out cycle. If that is not enough, the machine should allow the user to keep adding time each time the unit approaches a 15 second count down. They are afraid of people burning their house down so everything is programmed on the safety margin which means under-roasted coffee some times. If they forced the user to add time at the very end of the cycle, it would assure that the user is there watching. Because of this flaw, sometimes I have to roast twice to get past the fist crack and into the second crack. Wow - that last sentence...

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    Quote Originally Posted by HVH View Post
    Because of this flaw, sometimes I have to roast twice to get past the fist crack and into the second crack. Wow - that last sentence...
    If I say now how I like my coffee roasted, people could get wrong idea
    ==Northumberland County Beekeeper, Trent Hills, Ontario==

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    >Any other folks out there that roast their own
    coffee beans??

    I have been for several years now. I blundered into awesome coffee when I started going to a downtown coffee shop where he roasted his own coffee. It was sublime, so I started buying fresh roasted coffee from him. Then I was addicted to awesome coffee. Unfortunately, (unfortunate both because he was a great guy and because I was addicted to his coffee) he got pancreatic cancer and died. Nothing else out there came close. So I had to learn to roast my own, which still isn't as good as his, but it's better than anything else.

    >Great idea, I do roast my coffee in the oven and it is not practical, lot's of smoke, have to disconnect smoke alarms when roasting. Do you have any pictures?

    I own two roasters and often roast in my kitchen if it's cold out. But often roast outside because of the smoke. I don't think I ever set off the alarm though. That would be darker than I want it. I've also done the stove top popcorn popper and a small cast iron skillet. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, it is a lot like popping popcorn.

    >Going to 2nd crack is gonna get you smoke. I like
    my beans at just when the 2nd crack starts.

    Pretty much my tastes. Before just doesn't bring out the flavor and longer ends up tasting burned.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    Unfortunately, I never grew up. I still like a wise crack or two.

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    Default Re: Coffee Roasters??

    Quote Originally Posted by HVH View Post
    Unfortunately, I never grew up. I still like a wise crack or two.
    Same here, fortunately
    ==Northumberland County Beekeeper, Trent Hills, Ontario==

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