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Topic: Accidental and Strange Success (7 msgs / 328 lines)
1) From: ginny
Charles:
See, rest is important.
Some beans need more and that depends on the rosast.
Good Luck,
sounds like a perfect roast.
ginny

2) From: Charles Blankenship
I have a funny story to share.  But first, a bit of background.  I have been
home roasting for almost a year and, since January, with an RK Drum setup.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the RK and have almost 40 roasts under the belt.
Well, late last week, I decided to roast 1.5 pounds of Moka Mattari Muslot
that I purchased a few months ago from Sweet Maria's.  I fired up the grill
to preheat and walked away for a few moments.  When I returned, the grill
was well past my target of 520 so I rapidly dropped the temp down to the
target.  I then loaded the drum and started the roast.  At almost 12
minutes, I could hear the first crack beginning and when it was well
underway, I decided to take a peek (note: I don't normally open the BBQ
until second crack begins).  Well it was smoking like it does at the
beginning of the second crack, so, remembering the initial overheating, I
concluded that I must have missed the first crack and the beans were in dire
danger of over roasting!  So I dumped and cooled them.  Well, it was obvious
from the color that I stopped it somewhere in or near the end of the first
crack - not well into the second crack!  After berating myself for colossal
stupidity, my first impulse was just to dump the "ruined" batch since I
normally roast right up to the second crack.  Upon reflection, I decided to
let it rest a few days and just try it before pitching it.  
Now here is where it gets strange.  I brewed a pot this morning and made a
cup for my wife without telling her what it was.  Unsolicited, she declared
it was the best coffee she had EVER had!  This is my favorite coffee when
roasted to full city or full city+, so I was absolutely stunned when - at
this low level of roast, definitely below a city roast - not only was it
drinkable but it was also superb!
Charles

3) From: The Scarlet Wombat
Charles, this is not really surprising.  Many of the African coffees have a 
wide variety of very delicate essential oils that are destroyed when 
roasted much past first crack, like the fabled blueberry in the 
Haarar.  You have discovered what Tom has tried to say in any number of 
reviews, to not overroast certain beans, because of the fruity and delicate 
flavors that are lost in the darker roasts.
Now, for a treat, roast some more to second crack and blend the two to give 
you the dark, chocolate like flavors and the high notes of the light roast 
at the same time.
Dan

4) From: Les
Charles, welcome to the world of Cinnamon roast! I have a profile on how to=
 
do it in the RK drum posted on Ron's site. I am bringing some very light 
Uganda to the PNWG III.
 Les
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Les, Did you use Cinnamon Roast on your lastest Panama?  John
On Jun 15, 2005, at 7:01 PM, Les wrote:
Charles, welcome to the world of Cinnamon roast!  I have a
profile on how to do it in the RK drum posted on Ron's site.  I am
bringing some very light Uganda to the PNWG III.
 
Les
 
On 6/15/05, Charles Blankenship
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wrote: 
I have a funny story to share.  But first, a bit of
background.  I have been
home roasting for almost a year and, since January, with an RK Drum
setup. 
I have thoroughly enjoyed the RK and have almost 40 roasts under the
belt.
Well, late last week, I decided to roast 1.5 pounds of Moka Mattari
Muslot
that I purchased a few months ago from Sweet Maria's.  I fired up =
the
grill 
to preheat and walked away for a few moments.  When I returned, the
grill
was well past my target of 520 so I rapidly dropped the temp down to
the
target.  I then loaded the drum and started the roast.  At =
almost 12 
minutes, I could hear the first crack beginning and when it was well
underway, I decided to take a peek (note: I don't normally open the BBQ
until second crack begins).  Well it was smoking like it does at the
 beginning of the second crack, so, remembering the initial
overheating, I
concluded that I must have missed the first crack and the beans were
in dire
danger of over roasting!  So I dumped and cooled them.  Well, it =
was
obvious 
from the color that I stopped it somewhere in or near the end of the
first
crack - not well into the second crack!  After berating myself for
colossal
stupidity, my first impulse was just to dump the "ruined" batch since
I 
normally roast right up to the second crack.  Upon reflection, I
decided to
let it rest a few days and just try it before pitching it.
Now here is where it gets strange.  I brewed a pot this morning and
made a 
cup for my wife without telling her what it was.  Unsolicited, she
declared
it was the best coffee she had EVER had!  This is my favorite coffee
when
roasted to full city or full city+, so I was absolutely stunned when -
at 
this low level of roast, definitely below a city roast - not only was
it
drinkable but it was also superb!
Charles
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6) From: Les
No,
I went by Tom's suggested roast. I did a nice Full city plus. I am going to=
 
be pulling shots of it tomarrow! Maybe there will be some left to bring to=
 
Kona Mikes, but I am not counting on it.
 Les
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7) From: Charles Blankenship
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Thanks to all for comments and suggestions.  I am especially intrigued by
preparing a 50/50 mix of cinnamon roast and fully city roast.  It will be
interesting to experience the interaction of the two diverse roast levels!
 
Thanks again to all and maybe - just maybe - my next cinnamon roast will not
be an accident!
 
Charles  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Les
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2005 2:12 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Accidental and Strange Success
No,
I went by Tom's suggested roast.  I did a nice Full city plus.  I am going
to be pulling shots of it tomarrow!  Maybe there will be some left to bring
to Kona Mikes, but I am not counting on it.
 
Les
On 6/15/05, John Spencer  wrote: 
Les, Did you use Cinnamon Roast on your lastest Panama?  John
On Jun 15, 2005, at 7:01 PM, Les wrote: 
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