Posted Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:40am Subject: Re: Book recommendations for home roasting
(((Yep, that's about the only book on roasting.
You can find lots of info online. Sweet Maria's and The Coffee Project have a lot of information on roasting. Wait'll you see some "frankenroasters" people have come up with LOL
Since you're just starting, you will want to think about how you want to start also. The most basic is to get an old cast iron skillet and put it over a heat source and give it a shot (Click Here (www.sweetmariascoffee.com)). You'll want to do this outside unless you have a really good vent hood over your stove (coffee roasting makes a LOT of smoke). You can also use a stovetop crank popcorn popper (Click Here (www.sweetmariascoffee.com))
A lot of people just starting (and many veterans) go with ye olde hot air popper (Click Here (www.sweetmariascoffee.com)). If you search through here and Sweet maria's forum you'll find posts from people who have seriously tricked out their hot air popper to exceed some home coffee roaster models. This is a cheap way to start also, you can sometimes find them at second-hand stores and flea markets. Heck, someone you know may have one in a lonely corner of the basement.
Your "air roasters" are not much more than the hot air poppers. I have been using Fresh Roast brand roasters for over 10 years. And I have the older model, without the fancy heat controls, just a timer that turns the heating element on and off (my second roaster is dying so I'm now looking to upgrade).
I realize this doesn't answer your "book" question, but I hope this does give you additional info. As always, ask questions!!!
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