This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Hi all! I was hoping someone out there has some feedback on the TostaCaffe' = Coffee Roaster? I'm currently using the iRoast II while my neighbor is using = the WhirlyPop.....we'd like to roast larger quantities and have looked at = the RK drum roaster as well......any and all comments are welcome as we're VERY = new to the home roaster community :) Thanks! Tricia
Hi Tricia, An intermediate step up in quantity would be to roast beans in a skillet or wok over a burner - I use the side burner of my BBQ. I roast in a revere-ware 12" skillet, and do about 2lb per load... I also use a drum inside my BBQ. I like the resuls, but if you read my earlier post, you saw why we roast in ATTENDED MODE versus what I did... Brett On 4/7/06, Tricia Crismon wrote: <Snip> e <Snip> e <Snip> RK <Snip> new <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast ...who wants to sell his Silvia and pursue an espresso machine upgrade..= .
Hi all! I was hoping someone out there has some feedback on the TostaCaffe' Coffee Roaster? I'm currently using the iRoast II while my neighbor is using the WhirlyPop.....we'd like to roast larger quantities and have looked at the RK drum roaster as well......any and all comments are welcome as we're VERY new to the home roaster community :) Thanks! Tricia RK Drum is probably going to be the recommendation of 90% of people on this list , even if you have to go out and buy an inexpensive gas grill. You are also going to find a lot more people to offer advice, support, and tips on an RK, since so many have opted for bbq roasting. Tom -- "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters" Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Maria http://www.sweetmarias.com Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com
On 4/7/06, Brett Mason wrote: <Snip> That's a great idea, why hadn't I thought of that? Do you preheat the skillet? Do you set the burner to keep a certain skillet temperature? Aaron Peterson Versailles, KY
Skillet roasting (for me) is a hands on - I usually throw the beans in and turn on the heat. But it takes a lot of "lifting and folding over" of the beans to get a consistent roast. Consistency comes toward the end. I love the "hands on" of this method. Roast a little slower to get the roast deep into the bean - sometimes the surface tans too fast and the inside remains very light. Sometimes I use a heat gun from above as well - this evens out the heat in the bean mass - but don't stop lifting the beans or you will scorch your roast. I have done awesome with this method. I have also gone way TOO dark (get it off the burner when the wicked smoke shows up - you'll notice it I promise!) I have also under roasted cause I was afraid to heat the skillet... Perhaps the ZEN of roasting here because you are totally engaged in the process... Brett On 4/7/06, Aaron Peterson wrote: <Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast ...who wants to sell his Silvia and pursue an espresso machine upgrade..= .
On 4/7/06, Brett Mason wrote: <Snip> You inspired me. I had to run right outside, fire up my grill and try it. It looks like it turned out pretty well, although the taste will be the real test I suppose :-) It was kindof windy outside, so It took a while for me to get the beans hot enough. Once they got going though, I think it went fine. I'm pretty sure the first cracks overlapped the second cracks on this roast. Pretty much from the time the coffee started turning brown until I stopped the roast I was hearing little crackles. Hmmz... Well it was fun anyway, hehe. I roasted up a pound of Kenya #622 Peaberry in a 12 oz skillet. Oh, and for anyone else preparing to try this, don't use rubber/plastic utinsils. Metal or wood only or they will melt to your beans/skillet and eww I think we'd all taste that defect :-) Aaron Peterson Versailles, KY Aaron Peterson
Tricia, I'm not familiar with teh TostaCaffe but I've tried several other methods of roasting. I started with unmodified poppers, then on to an iRoast 1. You are using the iR2, so I don't need to say anything about that. I tried wok roasting (once) and burned the better part of a pound of beans. No need to try that again as there are too many easier ways to roast coffee beans. Some people love it, but it's just not something I want to do again. Heat Gun/Dog Bowl (HG/DB): Now here is what I think is the most fun way to roast coffee. I have successfully roasted up to a pound of coffee beans in a 96 oz. stainless steel dogbowl but I found that 12 - 14 ounce loads gave me my best and most even roast. What I find so fascinating about roasting this way is that I get to see and smell and hear the bean changes from green through whatever level I choose to roast. The only bad roast I ever had from the HG/DB was when I tried to roast 7 oz. A smaller bowl would have worked fine, but the large DB didn't allow for the mass to heat up evenly. It was still better than anything I ever got from Starbucks. Stir Crazy/Turbo Oven (SC/TO): Many of our fellow list members are using the SC/TO and have perfected this method. I've tried it a few times and although I always got an acceptable roast, I had a hard time controlling the roast and more often than not went directly from 1st crack into 2nd crack. I probably need practice. RK Drum: I got mine last June and have never looked back. I think my experience with the HG/DB helps me when roasting in the RK because I think I "know" what is going on inside the drum, even though I cannot see it. I've seen it often enough in the DB. I think the advantage to the RK, other than the obvious larger load, is that it gives the nicest roast of anything I have tried. Les recently admonished me for using my iR1 to roast a small load of Harar and pointed out that I would get a better roast in the RK. I followed his advice and have an 8 oz. roast resting until tomorrow. Harar is the most difficult bean to get an even roast on that I have ever roasted and with the RK it is significantly more even than the results I obtained from the iR1. I love my RK! HotTop: I've never actually used the HotTop. I had some delightful Monkey Blend that Tara roasted for the gathering that we had in PA last fall. I'm hoping to see a demo when we have the gathering this year (HINT Tara). Of course this is all just my 2¢, but I hope it helps. JavaJerry RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA Tricia Crismon wrote: <Snip>