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Topic: Novice roaster in the PNW (10 msgs / 222 lines)
1) From: Denise Brennan
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Hi, out there....just joined this list yesterday and wanted to express my
appreciation for all the interesting info.  I started roasting coffee for
the first time last weekend after hitting on the coffeebeancorral website.
Don't have a "real" roaster yet....but was desperate to try SOMETHING, so I
unearthed a small portable pizza oven from my basement, ran to a local
coffee roaster and talked them out of some beans, and started in. My roaster
is a hoot....kinda looks like a 14" diameter clam shell, element on the
bottom, stone plate on top of that, and an element in the top. It's just
large enough to hold an 8" pie pan.  I heat up the little oven, put about
1/3 c of beans in the pie pan, stick it in to roast and every 20-30 seconds
pull it out with my needle-nosed pliers (closing the lid quick, of course)
shake it a bit, roast a bit more...etc., until they're just right. Amazing
how well it works, and I'm really loving the Mexican beans the best,
Guatemalan was ok, Sumatra too musty/earthy for me. Decided to try an
alternate method - my BBQ with a frying pan, but it's too hard to keep the
heat consistent....so I'm back to doing Pizza Coffee. I may never buy
roasted beans again!
Denise in Port Angeles, WA

2) From: Ben Treichel
good one!
Denise Brennan wrote:
Ben Treichel
Program Manager
S.E Michigan
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Welcome to the List and homeroasting. Pizza oven roasting, way cool. Must be
a cousin of Charlie's:-) (brick oven roasting in BC) Dogbowl/heatguns, paint
stirrers and turkey fryers, George Formans, Stir crazies, gas grills with
pans and woks and homemade drums, wood fire coals and pans and woks and
drums, simply the kitchen oven, poppers, variacs, PIDs, computer interfaces
etc. etc. etc. oh and some made to roast coffee appliances too! The list
goes on and on. Love the ingenuity employed in the quest for coffee nirvana.
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
MCSE (Maniacal Coffee Systems Engineer/Enthusiast;-)
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm

4) From: AlChemist John
Welcome Denise from a fellow PNW'er.  Your setup is interesting.  How long 
does that method take to roast a batch?
Sometime around 20:07 2/23/2004, Denise Brennan typed:
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

5) From: peter zulkowski
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Hi Denise,
Nice to hear from you and your creative approach to roasting :)
A lot of us are using hot air popcorn poppers to roast, found in thrift 
shops. The favorite seems to be a Poppery II, unless you get lucky and 
find an original West Bend Poppery, the one with a switch on the front.
Actually any one works pretty well, and will do a third of a cup of 
beans easily. Try to get one that has slots in the sides of the roasting 
chamber for the air to come in, and avoid the ones with holes on the bottom.
Good luck and keep us updated :)
Denise Brennan wrote:

6) From: javafool
Welcome Denise and you have nothing but great coffee to look forward to.
Gin, yours is but one opinion. I also live on a west coast, just not the
left coast:)

7) From: Bill Martin
Oh, c'mon, TerryF, West "Coast" of Florida is not, really, an actual 
Continental Coastline.
More of a kinda twisty, bent, Gulf Coast.
Just another part of the Inland Waterway.
And not LEFT Coast...?  Hmmm, maybe.  Now, if you were from Key West, 
I'd argue that.  Those guys are some real "Left Coasters".
On Feb 24, 2004, at 1:11 PM, javafool wrote:
 From the fertile slopes of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island

8) From: Lowe, David
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Welcome to the list and coffee roasting, I've never looked back. The =
only down side is you'll find it difficult to drink the "coffee" when =
your out, unless you are fortunate enough to find the occasional quality =
coffee establishment. BTW I'm in Maple Valley (SE of Seattle for those =
of you not from the area.)
Dave Lowe

9) From: javafool
Details! Now Bill just has to qualify "Continental Coastline". Florida is
certainly part of the same continent as California. Well, it just depends
how you choose to look at it. The water temp is 62F in the dead of winter
so it's not all bad. I live in Clearwater and there is another west coast
just a few miles east of me.
Still great for year around roasting. And it's never too hot or too cold to
drink coffee.

10) From: AlChemist John
Having moved from Florida myself, to Oregon, I can't put my finger on it, 
but think of Florida as having beaches in the west but Oregon as having a 
west coastline.  And that 62F water is part of the reason I left.  That is=
just unnatural :-)
Sometime around 16:12 2/24/2004, javafool typed:
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

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