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siphon74
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012, 5:12pm
Subject: Newbie to roasting.. 1st Roast HG/DB.. Success!
 

First, I just want to thank all of you for the information posted in this forum. I learned so much in the last month of reading!

I just got my 4 lb. sampler pack from SM's yesterday and roasted up a 1/2 lb of the Brazil Fazenda do Sertao Catuai.. I'm pleasantly surprised by the results even after letting the freshly roasted coffee sit for only 24 hours. It seems a touch aggressive on the front of my tongue but i'm assuming the characteristics will change and mellow a bit each day. Even still, it's very enjoyable to drink. I plan of drinking 2 cups of it for the next few days just to see how the flavor changes and educate myself a bit. I brewed it up in my Hario TCA5 siphon and was amazed by how much freshly roasted coffee blooms! It was almost to the top of the upper portion of the vac pot! ;)

My heat gun is a Wagner 775 and i used what i had laying around as a roasting vessel, a stainless steel colander and a dutch oven type pot to sit the colander in. Outside temp was about 50F. Heat gun on low for the 1st 5 minutes and then turned to high. I hit 1C in earnest around the 8 minute mark (a few snaps at 7) and slowed down around 9. 2C began at approx 12 minutes which i let go for a little less than 10 seconds and cooled it off immediately.. I was surprised at how even the roast came out on my first try.

I can only imagine my roasts will just get better and better with practice.. At some point i might try a different roasting vessel or maybe even a bread machine.

Again, thanks to you all.. I think i'm addicted to roasting now!

-jay
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okawari
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Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012, 4:29am
Subject: Re: Newbie to roasting.. 1st Roast HG/DB.. Success!
 

siphon74 Said:

First, I just want to thank all of you for the information posted in this forum. I learned so much in the last month of reading!

I just got my 4 lb. sampler pack from SM's yesterday and roasted up a 1/2 lb of the Brazil Fazenda do Sertao Catuai.. I'm pleasantly surprised by the results even after letting the freshly roasted coffee sit for only 24 hours. It seems a touch aggressive on the front of my tongue but i'm assuming the characteristics will change and mellow a bit each day. Even still, it's very enjoyable to drink.

Posted November 21, 2012 link

You can be almost certain that they will. The two pleasantest surprises for me since I started home roasting a couple of years ago have been how obviously different various types of coffee taste (I buy from SM), and how clearly you can taste the coffee change from day to day after roasting. I suggest (warning - I'm far from an expert) not taking the recommended resting periods too literally, but trusting to your own taste. Sometimes it's a few days longer than the packet tells you, and no doubt there are times when it might be shorter. There are very big variations between one coffee and another concerning the time needed for it to "come into its own" after roasting, but for many of them, when it does, it's unmistakable, and often quite a revelation.

I almost always drink so of my roast within 24 hours of roasting, and sometimes right after roasting, due to a lack of planning skills. Even though it's "too soon", most coffees will be good (though forward), but with a very few (I think some of the Ethiopian coffees I tried), I've found them harsh and not at all to my taste even a day or two after the minimum 48 hours or so...and then they have mellowed and become very good after a few days.

Anyway, I think that this aspect of home roasting, where your own input has such a strong - and usually beneficial - effect, and you come to learn much more about how coffee develops after roasting, is really one of the great things about doing it yourself.

Oh, and my personal favourites so far have usually been from Kenya. Give some a try!
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