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Posted Sun Dec 29, 2013, 11:35am
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My father-in-law was gracious enough to look at popcorn poppers for me for Christmas as I have become more and more interested in roasting coffee at home. However, I believe that my wife told him the wrong kind of popper.
Before I take the stirring popper back to Walmart, or just make a tasty snack, I thought that it may be a good idea to check out if any experienced home roasters have had success with a popper such as this. Having read about people roasting in the oven with the beans being stationary on a tray, I get the thought that this type of popper may work well.

With that being said, has anyone used this style popper in the past?
How many ounces of green beans did you find that worked well with this type of popper?
Did you need to modify the rate at which the stirring arm spins?
Did you need to modify the temperature?
How did the coffee itself turn out when roasted?
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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 2:12pm
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If it is a popper you desire for roasting coffee beans you need to look at the air poppers.  Look for ones with vents around the circumferance of the bottom chamber.  The stir crazy is used with a galloping gourmet air roaster on the top, however by itself I do not believe it works well for roasting. I recall temp issues when using it years ago when I first roasted coffee.

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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 6:26pm
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Thank you so much, Len.

I am thinking that I may still give it a shot with this stirring popper. I just need a small amount of green coffee beans first which are hard to come by here. I don't want to pay too high of a price to end up wasting them on crappy roast, but I can hardly pass up a chance to try something new.

Why, do you hypothesize, that stirring poppers are inferior?
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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 6:49pm
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I actually do not hypothesize, I have working experience with them.  They do not get hot enough to roast coffee.  They allow popcorn to pop only because you cover the kernals with cooking oil; something you do not want to do with coffee beans.  They do have a built in thermostat; it keeps the unit just hot enough to pop popcorn.

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Posted Wed Jan 1, 2014, 12:49pm
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I just happened to come across a post from person on Sweet Maria's just a short while ago who has been using this brand of popper and has put a dimmer switch on the unit in order to maintain optimum roasting temperature. I look forward to seeing what he did and replicating.
I may end up tagging that post on here once he has posted a little more about the modifications that he has done.
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Posted Wed Jan 1, 2014, 1:35pm
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gainingexperience Said:

I just happened to come across a post from person on Sweet Maria's just a short while ago who has been using this brand of popper and has put a dimmer switch on the unit in order to maintain optimum roasting temperature. I look forward to seeing what he did and replicating.
I may end up tagging that post on here once he has posted a little more about the modifications that he has done.

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I am pretty sure they were referencing the presto air popper and not the presto stir model.  The air models need slowing down due to their real high temps; the stir crazy is just the opposite.  Not enough heat to roast coffee beans.

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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 6:51am
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Because the title "Presto Stirring Popper" on that post does not indicate that it is a stirring popper?
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 9:19pm
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The problem with this type of 'hot plate' roaster is poor heat transfer to the bean mass. To roast well with this type of heat source (the surface of the pan with no convection) you need to vigorously agitate the beans to minimize contact time to avoid scorch and allow more even heating.  Heated air (convection) is far more efficient and even at heating the bean mass.
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