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jameswalker
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 1:22am
Subject: First Roaster Advice
 

Morning all,

I am new to roasting and am considering the behmor 1600 and the nesco to start with, but have also just noticed the javapro CRC 2lb.

Now I prefer to buy a better product rather than a lesser one, so clearly I would go for the javapro. But the thing is - I don't need to roast anywhere near the capacity of it. Typically in a week, I would need to grind maybe 1/4 lb. That said, what would you recommend for a low throughput starter?

Thanks,

James
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Expertise: I like coffee

Grinder: Virtuoso by Baratza
Drip: Chemex,Dilongi DCM900
Roaster: 1/2K Fluid-bed
Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 5:57am
Subject: Re: First Roaster Advice
 

Well, 1/4 pound is only 114 grams. So if you take shrinkage into consideration, then that's about 140 grams of green beans. Brewed at the rate of 70 grams coffee/40 ounces H2O, the yield would be about 68 ounces of drip coffee. Therefore, the Nesco at 150 grams would be about right. However, the MetalWare Company does not have a very good customer satisfaction record. With the glass roasting chamber, you see what's going on, but you can't hear the 'cracks.

The Behmor Company has a great customer satisfaction record. However, it is difficult to see what's going on but you can hear the 'cracks'.

If you are just starting out, I would suggest three things:
1) Book - "Home Coffee Roasting" by Kenneth Davids
2) Try an old popcorn popper.
3) Read about the various roasters on the "Sweetmariascoffee.com/forum"

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Location: Thornhill, Ontario Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

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Roaster: Freshroast+8, Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 6:34am
Subject: Re: First Roaster Advice
 

Coffee Roast Size:

I am the only coffee drinker at home.  I roast every 2 weeks, +/-.  I roast 10 oz batches (Behmor) which yields, after water loss, slightly over 1/2 lb.  

I let it rest for 3 days before use.  I use it up over the next 2 weeks.

So, near the end of the 2 weeks I will have a few cups worth of the last batch and 1/2 lb of the next batch still 'resting'.  

OTOH, when I have the family over and brew a full pot (or 2) it draws down my supply and the I roast a few days earlier, next time, but always 10 oz -> net half a lb.  

My point is:  For me, 10 oz roasts (which net half a pound) is right-sizing for me, considering the 3-day rest period and the 2-week 'best-use' period after that.

 
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