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Topic: The best Commercial Coffee Roasters - my third reason for not (54 lines)
1) From: Andrew Thomas
Rob,  Maybe I was lucky, but I just started roasting with a popper last summer and got good results right away. It was so easy I could hardly believe it. Most of our talk on this list is just compulsive yacking. Get yourself a cheap PopperyII and a few green beans and give it a try. If you only do it once you haven't traumatized yourself or your bank account. If you enjoy it, and the resulting coffee, you MIGHT be back here obsessing about time and temperature with the rest of us ARs -- or not. We "experienced roasters" may have "problems", but we're also having a blast...(figuratively speaking, of course).
Rob wrote:
Steve said this ... "I know people who will always say homeroast tastes 
"off", because they're used to grocery store coffee. If coffee doesn't have 
the stale
flavors they're used to, it doesn't seem right to them.   
I do not know 
much of anything about home roasting but he made an inescapable 
point.  
In other words, people get so used to what they are drinking that 
when 
you give them wine it tastes like vinegar.  
That is one of the things 
I have been harping on.  Now, if you experienced 
roasters are having problems 
and I hear many of you say this and that coffee 
you roasted was not very 
good, then what am I left to think, except that 
someone who knows far less 
than you all is going to have all kinds of 
problems.  If it was a simple 
matter of deciding whether I like it dark, 
medium, or light, and there 
was a given time period for each of them to the 
minute, or so, okay, then 
I would say that sounds easy enough.  BUT when I 
hear about seconds making 
a critical difference, and stop and start this and 
that, and rotate and 
roll, and do it at this time of day, at this time of 
year, at this ambient 
temp, and on and on and on, well, need I say more - I 
for one am far from 
convinced that anyone should be doing this, except the 
pros who make it 
their livelihood.  
Peacefully I disagree,
Rob
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