I pulled out my WBI yesterday to roast up a batch of Indian Pearl Mountain a little more slowly than the HWP to give it a bit more complexity. When it reached second crack, I transferred the beans to my HWP to cool them down rapidly (you may abstain from the jokes about the $120 bean cooler!). It was at the point when I was concentrating on dumping out that last single bean that was wedged in the base when I felt a sudden pain in between my big toe and its adjacent counterpart. A scalding hot bean had fallen as I dumped the roasted beans and landed on my foot and successfully lodged itself between my toes. I did a little of the "hot coffee bean dance" to attempt to get it unstuck but to no avail. It took a couple good swats from the oven mits on my hands to get that guy out. I then gave that rebel the worst death possible for a coffee bean - I put it in a dish full of cold, soapy sink water. Take that! I looked pretty silly for the next several minutes sitting on the couch with an ice cube between my sore toes. Ah well. These are the hazards of getting the best coffee I suppose! Kuyler Doyle
<Snip> Serendipitously, you have recreated the secret process by which most restaurant coffee is made in North America. --PR
NO! You should have saved that bean! Don't you realize what extraordinary flavor you created by quenching the roast with your toe oils? It would be even better than that other exotic coffee (the one that is processed by the digestive track of a rodent). I can see it now: Indian Pearl Toe-jammed. A unique, pungent, somewhat cheesy flavor and exquisite aroma. Regards, Rafael
Message text written by INTERNET:homeroast <Snip> between my big toe and its adjacent counterpart. A scalding hot bean had fallen as I dumped the roasted beans and landed on my foot and successfully lodged itself between my toes. I did a little of the "hot coffee bean dance" to attempt to get it unstuck but to no avail.< Kuyler, That makes at least two of us barefooted coffee roasters. -Bryce
I am glad to see the completion of the transfer before the resulting "yip". I can imagine those beans dancing merrily across the floor shouting "free at last". Check alt.coffee, there is a post today describing a vacuum cleaner set-up which not only cools the beans but incorporates a hose to suck the beans out of the roaster into the cooler. -- Ken Mary - Aromaroast - whirlyblade - French Press ---------- <Snip> <Snip>
<Snip> asters. -Always, bean'wild!