It was good fortune to find your site. I've been roasting for 20 years and my roaster died. I really did not want to spend the big bucks for a new roaster and just happened upon your site and learned about the WestBend Poppery II. Well, I found one for $1.50 and bought a spare for $2.50 at another thrift store and got a third for a friend who will soon be getting into roasting. They work great. I'm keeping records of the times roasting specific beans and the roasts achieved. I feel that roasting only 1/2 cup of green at a time works well. They start to rotate in the device almost immediately which keeps them from burning. Once more, your site is the greatest for those of us who relish a great cup of coffee. homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Snap up those Poppery's-they are scarce if there are roasters about. Suggest you check out Chris and Susan's web site www.execpc.com/~n9zes/index.htm and look at his mods to the PII. In hot weather-high ambient temp-these things roast way too fast and to my taste they need to be slowed down to get the god cup.
I found an article here , that says to use the poppery II without the chute and manually stir the beans with a wooden spoon. Is this recommended by anyone on the list, or should I use the chute? Thanks in advance, -Neal
Until I got my new roaster for Christmas..that's exactly what I did. I used a dowel instead of a wooden spoon but it worked great. I used an unmodded popper and put enough beans in until the fan no longer moved them (hence the need to stir)... I also put an old soup can on the top to allow for more beans and expansion of them. Usually I found that by the time they reached first crack the fan could actually move them (they kind of "stick" to each other when they're green... does that make sense?) Grace and Peace, `tim On 3/22/07, neal prentiss wrote: <Snip> -- The content of this e-mail may be private or of confidential nature. Do not forward without permission of the original author. -- Rev. Tim TenClay, IAPC, NATA #253 Dunningville Reformed Church (www.dunningville.org) Personal Blog:http://www.tenclay.org/blog
I like to use the chute on my poppery I because it funnels the chaff into the sink. Jeff On 3/22/07, Tim TenClay wrote: <Snip>
I add a tin-can chimney, toss the chute, and roast outside where the chaff augments the natural composting of my back yard. The smoke is my contribution to global warming, since I walk to work and am unable to rev the porsche enough to make a difference with the short ½ mile drive. If I put in too many beans, so the bean mass doesn't move, several events occur. 1. Extreme smoke soon, with Imminent fire. 2. I tip the popper to encourage some tumbling and allow some chaff to blow away. This allows evaporation (drying) and soon the beans will tumble without tipping. This is where I use the wooden spoon to encourage the bean dance. They're like Jr. Highers at a 7th grade dance - they want to just sit in a corner, and you have to encourage them. Brett RWA On 3/22/07, neal prentiss wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
The popper I'm using isn't a poppery II, but looks just like that one. I use 80 - 100 grams of green beans and stir with a dowel until they move on their own. I also tilt the whole thing by setting the front on a piece of wood 3/4" thick. That seems to help the beans mix more thoroughly. I usually put the chute on when the beans are moving on their own, because without it a few will escape. -- Dave Some days... It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps On 3/22/07, neal prentiss wrote: <Snip>
I removed the chute since no need for it roasting outside. I would usually roast around 1/3 cup (sometimes 1/2 cup depending on bean density and other variables like ambient temp). I found that 1/3 tended to produce roasts of the "right" length for my tastes. I would usually need to stir only for 5 or 10 seconds. Quite likely your PII will be either more or less "powerful" than mine, as will the current on the outlet you choose to use. All of these variables mean that you'll need to find what works best at your particular location. TO in VA On 3/22/07, neal prentiss wrote: <Snip>