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roast your own

This group is dedicated to those baristi who not only pull the shots, but roast them too.

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What are you roasting today?

Started by Kevin Ayers. Last reply by Kevin Ayers Dec 16, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by STEVE CHANDLER on March 5, 2013 at 3:14pm

After 5 years of roasting first in a whirly popcorn popper and then 4 years in a GHene CAfe, I have finally made the plunge.

A week ago I ordered a Solar Roaster (2 kilo) from coffere-tech Engineering (israel).  I am awaiting notification that it's ready for shipment like an expectant father!!!  Our coffee consumption , just my wife and me, works out to about 4 lbs every 3 weeks. In my Gene CAfe that's one full day of roasting every 21 days (8 oz. / batch).

My new Solar will roast 6 weeks supply in one cycle.

We drink only decaf! Over a two year period we have developed a decaf blend that my wife is nuts about (me too). It's a blend of 5 single origins and a bit of Sweet Marias Donkey blend.

I think I'll have a cup right now.... yeah, I think I'll just do that!

Comment by Bryan Wray on November 25, 2009 at 7:46am
@Kevin Ayers: I think there are like 5 different "roasting" groups now, probably not all for home roasters, but if I had a 15 kilo Probat I wouldn't roast at home either. I'm sure the number of people on here that roast are probably in the hundreds at least.
Comment by Zechariah White on November 25, 2009 at 7:23am
Anyone have an Ambex? I want to discuss set up and procedure.
Comment by Charles Weber on March 6, 2009 at 9:21am
I have an Ethiopian Sidamo called Shanta Golba that is pretty close to your description, all chocolate and orange though, it sure makes good shots.
I just got 7 bags of it, goes fast though.
Comment by Kevin Ayers on March 6, 2009 at 8:56am
Just tasted my first shot of Ethiopian Kemala "Korito Koran" as single origin espresso. AMAZING STUFF. Available from sweet marias, but probably not for long. At FC+ creates an excellent shot. Chocolate covered currants, with some great acidity that lingers. I am going to drink way too much of this today....
Comment by Kevin Ayers on February 24, 2009 at 2:03pm
is this really the only people on the exchange who roast their own? suprising...anyway, good to be here.
Comment by Dex on February 6, 2009 at 1:01pm
I was going to give whirly pop a go since I have one, just worried a bit about the smoke. Other then that I figure worse thing that can happen is I make a horrible tasting batch and just don't repeat the same steps next time. You know trying to get the heat and everything right. Thanks for all your help so far, I will let you know how it goes, planning on doing some this weekend and next week later in the week.
Comment by Bryan Wray on February 6, 2009 at 12:56pm
Popcorn popper over a gas range, but honestly, get a Behmor. They're easy to learn on and once you have a handle on the basics they allow room for tweaking profiles and such so that you can get it to do whatever you want- except fly... they don't do that, ever :0). Behmors satisfy upgrade fever pretty well too, which you would get almost immediately with a "Whirly-Pop," at least I sure did.

-bry
Comment by Dex on February 6, 2009 at 12:47pm
awesome I will for sure check it out. When you started what method did you use at home?
Comment by Bryan Wray on February 6, 2009 at 10:38am
SweetMarias.com is (IMO) the only place to start...
 

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