Alfred, You know, the funny thing is that I got into home roasting because I liked buying beans and grinding my own coffee, but I only drank coffee at home on the weekends, and even then only one pot a week. I would buy a pound of beans from Starbucks, or Peets, and they would go stale before I got half-done with them. My brother, who has been popper-roasting for years, pointed out that green beans keep for at least a year and you can roast as little as a couple of ounces at a time. That, combined with the fact that I could keep several varieties of beans around, and on Thursday roast up what I thought I'd like to drink the next weekend sold me. I bought a Hearthware Precision from Sweet Maria's and haven't looked back. Here's the funny part I referred to: As soon as I began roasting my own coffee, friends, neighbors and family increased my consumption from a few ounces a week to a peak of three or four pounds a week. I bought an Alpenrost and then a Hottop. I was considering an RK drum, just to keep up. Luckily (I guess) I'm down to roasting for myself only, with an occasional cup offered to an officemate, and I can get by on a half-pound a week, now, which is stunningly easy with the Hottop. I *would* like to get back into boutique roasting, though. With the volume I was going through I burnt out on careful profile roasting, but now I'm thinking of getting an iRoast and trying my hand at developing profiles... --Rick
Rick; This is my plan in a nutshell. About 1/2 pound per week is perfect for me. Problem was that when my Hot Top arrived last week I had a bunch of pre -roasted beans on hand. Then Les brought me some of his favorites as well during his visit. So, although I was dying to fire up the Hot Top and learn the ropes, I at least wanted to use up the ones from Les. I just received my eight two pound bags of greens from SM (following Les's recommendations) and am ready to start roasting..Add to this the six sample 1/2 pound bags of greens I already had from SM, this makes 20 pounds of greens. I'm glad that there are many of you who know this roaster well in case I need some advice. I'm also making a list of local friends who grind and brew as well, to pass on my treasure roasts as gifts.
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. I notice that you're posting in HTML, Ted, and one thing to know about that is that html posts are larger than plain text. Tom has implemented a maximum post size limitation of 14k (maybe smaller now) so last week I replied to an html post (which Outlook automatically replies to in html) and my post never showed up. I reposted four times and finally got a bounce message that my post was rejected because it was too big. I looked at the size and it was 16k. I converted it to plain text and it dropped to 11k. I'm thinking that maybe Outlook decided to include a font. The message of yours that I'm replying to now is 8k, by the way. As to roasting 10.666 ounces, don't you mean 10.582 ounces? :-) You're right about having to roast from cold to get the big payloads. -- Rick P.S. 300g will be no record! [RF]
Ahh, so that's where you were going. (two pounds in thirds) I thought you were going for the magic 300g mark. I never got any of the pacamara beans. I wanted to, but now that I'm only roasting for myself, I'm trying to get my stash down under a years worth, so I'm not buying new beans. Wandering John probably knows more about the record roasting weight on the Hottop, but I remember someone talking about roasting 300g batches before. Do you have a variac? If you increased the line voltage by about 10% you might be able to roast a 10% larger batch. Before you considered such a thing, though, you should consult with someone about the maximum advisable voltage to apply to your Hottop. I would never advise such a thing. ;-) -- Rick
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. If you're using XP, there is a cool calculator that you can get free from Microsoft called "PowerCalc." (Google for PowerCalcPowertoySetup.exe) It is sort of like a calculator with a tape but it does conversions. So for example you can type in: 300 [g->oz] or 5 [lb->g] / 252 It comes in real handy for these coffee bean weight calculations. (It also graphs, does base calculations and a million other things, but with a surprisingly simple interface.) -- Rick
On Mar 8, 2004, at 1:41pm, Rick Farris wrote: <Snip> And of course, the default calculator in Mac OS X Panther (v10.3) does all of this, including currency conversions (Internet access required to update rates), and is even speech enabled. John Blumel
Or using your handy-dandy Google toolbar you could type in 320g to oz and watch the results appear right before your eyes! (Works from the Google page too...) Prentice Quoting Rick Farris : <Snip> ------------------------------------------------- This mail sent throughhttp://www.snailmail.ch/