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Topic: [coffee] Re: +Bean type and Grind settings and shot times, oh my! (7 msgs / 194 lines)
1) From: Rick Farris
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
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

2) From: alfred
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
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.

3) From: Rick Farris
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
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!

4) From: Rick Farris
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

5) From: Rick Farris
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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]
    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

6) From: John Blumel
On Mar 8, 2004, at 1:41pm, Rick Farris wrote:
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

7) From: prentice
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
Quoting Rick Farris :
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