I did preheat for about one minute. I didn't time it... I stopped the popper after first crack was in full progress (an average of about 4 minutes), and the beans kept of cracking for a while due to the heat held in the bean mass. Then I started the popper and roasted to second crack. For the Mexican Decaf, I stopped when I heard the first coupl eof snaps of second crack, for the Bugisu and Arokara, I stopped after about 20 seconds of second crack. In all cases, the beans were still crackling as I poured them into the colandar, so they were actually roasted a little longer than the time in the popper...
I decided to try the popper since I had bought it (for a whole $2) and I was happy with the result. My parents came out for dinner last night and stayed over night so we can go out for Mother's Day brunch, and they only drink decaf, so we're enjoying the Mexican Esmeralda Decaf right now. Its only been 24 hours, but its very good.
Regarding the voltage, no, I've never measure it... I'm roasting of the deck, and the outlet there was put in about 10 years ago, and my father wired it using 12 guage wire, and its only about 15 feet from the breaker panel, so I may be getting a higher voltage than you if your in an older home and further away from the panel.
Now... which is my favorite... That's very hard, since I love them all! The only popper roast I've tried so far is the decaf, but I've roasted the Bugisu and the Arokara with my heat gun, and they're both great. For press/drip, I'd say the Bugisu is my favorite...
leslee berringer wrote:
Thank you Ron,
So you are saying to preheat for a minute let's say? And then about 4 minutes to first and you donít wait for 1st to finish? And then you stop for a min or two, I guess until after all beans have reached 4th (or wait until all reach 1st until you stall roast? And then continued on for an additional 9 minutes in each or your 4 roasts? So a total of 13 minutes, not counting preheating and stalling time? I realize these would not be exactly the same for my roaster.
This is interesting. I know all Poppery II's may be created differently, but this is something to consider. But how far past 2nd were you going?
Also your wiring might be newer than mine. Mine in 24 years old. I have no voltage meter. Do you know what your voltage runs at?
p.s. which of these roasts/coffees did you prefer the most?
Thanks for your help!