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Topic: Advice on First roaster (4 msgs / 131 lines)
1) From: Tony Tona and Gus Koch
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Greetings from North Idaho!
I am a new subscriber after reading the recent article in SF Chronicle on h=
ome roasting.  Funny thing is I was just passing through on the way home fr=
om Kona.  Had 4 pounds of Kona stuffed in my carry on and just happened to =
buy a paper.    Now I am in the process of trying to sort out purchasing my=
 first roaster.  I am the only coffee drinker in the house so my volumes wi=
ll be low to start with.  I'm at the bottom of the learning curve so simple=
 is best.  Have to confess to being a gadget guy so must grow into the roas=
ter or buy twice.  Any suggestions?
  
Many Thanks
Tony 
Hayden Idaho

2) From: Lissa
On Thu, 2004-06-24 at 20:55, Tony Tona and Gus Koch wrote:
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Welcome.  It wasn't a bad article, even if it left out us female coffee
nutjobs.
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You could try a popcorn popper.  Simple, cheap and very modifyable. 
Just be sure you get the right kind (Tom has a very good page on them).
I started with a Freshroast I, then moved on to a Hearthware Gourmet. 
Used those for a couple years.  They were just fine.  But, after finding
some popcorn poppers, I switched to them.  It is hard to beat US$3 at a
thrift store.  Been using them for 3 years or so now.  When I teach
people how to roast, I give them a demo and a popcorn popper.  
The only advantage the Freshroast and Gourmet had over a popcorn popper
is chafe collection.  But it isn't difficult to rig a chafe collector
out of a coup can and some screen.  Or just use the hood with a big bowl
under it, just like you were popping popcorn.  That'll get most of it.
If you have smoke detectors, you'll want to disable them or roast
outside.
Once you get the hang of popcorn poppers, you can decide to move on to a
fancier roaster or to start customizing poppers.  Or just stay with a
regular popper.  And you'll have enough money left over for more beans,
a thermometer, scale, cupping spoon, colour tiles, etc.  
Be well,
Lissa
-- 
Information isn't power.  Who's got the most information in your
neighborhood?  Librarians, and they're famous for having no power
at all.
Clifford Stoll, High Tech Heretic

3) From: David Altekruse
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Tony,
Compared to most of the people on this list, I'm fairly new to roasting.  I
started about a year ago using a popcorn air popper which was simple to use,
produced good results, and was cheap.  Recently I purchased the Hearthware
I-Roast which I'm reasonably happy with, but I'm glad I started with a
popcorn popper.  Even if you only use a popper for a month or two before
upgrading to a "real" roaster, you'll be able to make a better decision as
to what you want, you'll learn a lot, and you'll get very good results.  If
you order a sample pack of green beans tonight and get a popper from Target
this weekend, you'll soon be enjoying great fresh coffee.
-David

4) From: miKe mcKoffee
Popcorn popper or Caffe' Rosto. Both work great split wired with dual
variable voltage control to feed your gadget guy habit. (also gives great
control of roast)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm


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