Roasting Coffee at Home

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Re: Roasting Coffee at Home

Post by Sclass » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:57 pm

Hi,

I’ve had a few weeks to experiment. What I’ve found is my roaster is indeed a bit hot. The time between a medium roast and a French roast is literally ten seconds. It is really touchy and yep, the transition between the two makes a lot of smoke.

I’ve had really good luck blending beans. I buy Major Dickasons blend from Peet’s and cut it half with my own yirgacheffe. What I’ve gathered is the beans I roast have a simple chocolate flavor while the Major has a more complex blended taste. Awesome when mixed. I’m guessing this is why people drink blends rather than single origin coffee.

Online there were people using the harbor freight tools router speed control to slow down their air poppers. I haven’t tried it but I’m thinking I may mod my popper to produce less heat while maintaining the same air flow. Tons of mod sites out there showing how to do it.

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Re: Roasting Coffee at Home

Post by Sclass » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:22 pm

An update on coffee roasting. My green beans bought in a 5 lb bag have really lasted. I’m about half way through after several months of roasting. I only need to roast 2/3 of a cup of green beans a week. The beans expand a lot and make over a cup of roasted coffee beans which I estimate to be approximately 1/4 lb by eyeball.

So it is actually turning out to be very economical. Quite a bit cheaper than buying fresh roasted beans from Peet’s. I’m still buying there but I blend half of their beans with half of mine when I grind.

The roasting process is so quick and efficient with the air popper I don’t even notice. It takes around five minutes a week to roast. I’ve got it down to a routine.

I’m actually looking forward to emptying my bag of green beans so I can get something new. A little goes a long way and they store well.

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