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Posted Mon Mar 14, 2005, 8:38am
Subject: Getting started with air popper - bean suggestions?
 

Hi,

I'm picking up an air popcorn popper tonight and am about to order a couple of pounds of green beans.  Can anyone suggest a bean that works well with air poppers and home roasting newbies?

I'm partial to Intelligentsia after the great service I had when visiting recently, but I'm open to Sweet Maria's or others.

Thanks!

 
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Posted Mon Mar 14, 2005, 9:48am
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It's a matter of taste, I suppose.  And it will depend on what you're roasting for.   I'm a new roaster, though, and for espresso I can say that I have found Sweet Maria's Liquid Amber to be great from my first attempt to roast it.  It also seems to give a good cup at a variety of roasts from Full City to Vienna.

Really, just dive in.  You won't be sorry.
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Posted Mon Mar 14, 2005, 10:18am
Subject: Re: Getting started with air popper - bean suggestions?
 

xardoz Said:

Hi,

I'm picking up an air popcorn popper tonight and am about to order a couple of pounds of green beans.  Can anyone suggest a bean that works well with air poppers and home roasting newbies?

I'm partial to Intelligentsia after the great service I had when visiting recently, but I'm open to Sweet Maria's or others.

Thanks!

Posted March 14, 2005 link

If you want to practice your roastin g skills before you start roasted espresso blends, I recommend a Coilombian...a very easy bean to roast...
As several here have suggested, purposely take it to "char", so you can observe the process with your senses...hearing the cracks, smell, color of bean as it changes...use a stop watch to get a rough idea...after you've done this...maybe install a Cooper thermometer so you can observe temperatures...it helps in duplicating your roasts...
Read Sweet maria's popper threads....
Keep us posted!

 
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Posted Mon Mar 14, 2005, 11:45am
Subject: Re: Getting started with air popper - bean suggestions?
 

Thanks everyone - I've taken the "easy" way out and just ordered Sweet Maria's 8-pack sampler.

It's coming UPS ground, so I won't see it until next Monday, but that's okay.

I'll keep everyone posted, and try to take some pictures.  I'm thinking about putting a rheostat or switch of some sort on the heating coils of the popper once I get it, so I can kill the heat, but keep the fan circulating air to speed the cooling.

 
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Posted Mon Mar 14, 2005, 8:28pm
Subject: Re: Getting started with air popper - bean suggestions?
 

xardoz Said:

Thanks everyone - I've taken the "easy" way out and just ordered Sweet Maria's 8-pack sampler.

It's coming UPS ground, so I won't see it until next Monday, but that's okay.

I'll keep everyone posted, and try to take some pictures.  I'm thinking about putting a rheostat or switch of some sort on the heating coils of the popper once I get it, so I can kill the heat, but keep the fan circulating air to speed the cooling.

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When I received my first roaster as gift from my wife, I got that sampler too.  Believe me it is a great way to go, you will get a nice basis for roasting and different coffee flavors available.  It is a real great way to get a sample of different coffees!  Good luck!

 
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Posted Mon Mar 14, 2005, 9:01pm
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For new roasters, I recommend getting "Ugh, This is Baggy!" from Sweet Maria's.  It is a lb. of old beans for 70 cents.  Great to use for practice....

The 8 bagger is great to start off with too!!

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Posted Wed Mar 16, 2005, 1:57am
Subject: Re: Getting started with air popper - bean suggestions?
 

I too just recently started roasting w/ an air popper.  Of course it's all a matter of taste, but that's probably not the answer you wanted...  I haven't had a chance to try a huge variety of beans yet, but right now I would say my best result was from Ethiopian Yrgacheffe roasted fairly dark, about 30-60 seconds into 2nd crack.  Interestingly enough, the worst result I've had (other than the charcoal run) was also Yrgacheffe, but roasted really light.  It might appeal to some, but it tasted pretty foul to me...  I'm not big on waste, so I blended those in about 1/8 proportion to darker Yrgacheffe and/or Costa Rican Yauco Selecto -- they actually complemented fairly well..  The Yauco Selecto is also quite tasty, and seems to be much more palatable with medium-light roasts.

That sampler was probably the best way to go.  Lots of potential experimentation with roasts/blends there!
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Posted Wed Mar 16, 2005, 2:52am
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I learned to roast using Guatemalan. It has a distinctive first and second crack. I would go to the Green Coffee Cooperative and get a bunch of beans to practice with. If you made it to this point before you know it you will have an enormous collection of green beans. I think all of the home roasters I know have very large stashes of green coffee. And they are always looking for something new to roast.
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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2005, 11:21am
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UPS's tracking site says my beans have been delivered!  I can't wait to get home from work - I'll roast, and then tomorrow morning it's grindin' and brewin' time!

 
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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2005, 1:37pm
Subject: Re: Getting started with air popper - bean suggestions?
 

Have fun, man.  I just got my first Sweet Maria's sampler pack last Friday.  I roasted up a 1/2 lb of Colombian Huila Supremo and its been great.  I can't wait to roast some more tonight!

 
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