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Topic: My year in roasting (2 msgs / 87 lines)
1) From: petzul
Please let me chime in late on the topic of 3 big great experiences for 
the year.
First is Sweet Maria's coffee and this group. From all of you I have 
learned so much, and owe each and every one of you a marvelous cup of 
coffee that I have finally learned to roast very well (for a beginner).
Please stop for a visit anytime :)
Next has to be the discovery of Puro Scuro. Now that is a blend that I 
hope will be around for a while :)
There are lots more great discoveries, but above all the rest has to be 
the concept of tilting the P1, adding a glass chimney, and split wiring 
it with 2 variacs.
Had many fine roasts with this method.
It didn't take long for this list to convince me that grinding properly 
makes all the difference. This was proven over Christmas when we 
borrowed a whirly blade for our trip to Boston.
The Mazzer Mini really is a fine machine.......
I learned that life is too short to buy beans from anywhere else but 
Sweet Maria's.
Like most of you, I could go on and on...
Okay, so I get a bit carried away with collecting coffee roasting stuff.
When I started with a Pumper, I worried it would burn out so I bought a 
few of them.
Same with the PII, have way too many of those now now. Even have 
different colors!
Glass chimneys? Yup, several of those in stock. All sizes and shapes.
Perhaps five Poppery's (P1), but we won't mention them.
Lots of other hot air machines as well.
A roll of aluminum flashing to make roasting chambers...
Turbo Ovens I have a few; and a stir crazy which I never could get to 
work right.
Just had to buy every one of the different ways of brewing coffee, 
including 3 espresso machines.
(Most everything I get from thrift stores, but I hate to think the 
dollars I have invested.)
Oh my, I also screwed up, got impatient, and bought stuff from ebay. 
Mostly similar items would turn up in yard sales or flea markets just 
after the purchase.
I just have to learn to wait for next to nothing prices ;)
Should I mention the fans and blowers and screens and colanders for cooling?
Also have lots of thermo couples, some electronics to PID something when 
I get to it,  several  dial thermometers and an infra red thermometer.
Two scales, one in 2 Gr increments, and one in tenths of a gram... go 
figure!
Of course all this is justified in the quest for the perfect cup :)
The past year has been  a wonderful overall coffee experience.
Most of what I have roasted has turned out to be phenomenal, and I 
really did not wreck too many beans with my experiments.
A wonderful path to wander down, which finally led to the development of 
Turbo Beast.
So far it seems like a great way to roast, but I am still learning with it.
Looks very promising.
So much so that I have moved all the variacs and P1 roasting stuff into 
the garage for storage.
Have to keep some Poppery's for back up though, as well as a spare bread 
machine!  :)
PeterZ
Enjoying the journey very much, here in LHC.

2) From: Jared Andersson
Great post Peter.   Jared
On Sat, 01 Jan 2005 16:18:37 -0700, petzul  wrote:
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