Hi All, Before I take the plunge into a Gene Cafe/Hottop, I have to deal with my myths about heatgun roasting once and for all. I roast mainly for espresso, in the vicinity of 2 pounds a week. I drink a lot of straight shots, and can really notice roasting inconsistencies/problems. Can I reasonably expect to roast even, well controlled batches with a HG/DB? I'd really like to hear from people who specifically roast for espresso with this setup, but I'd love to hear from everyone who's using one. Thanks, --Derek -- The Uglyroast 3! Coffee Roaster. ...Now 85% less ugly!http://uglyroast.atspace.com
Derek, I use a heat gun but with a bread machine to move the beans around, and I h= ave been surprised at the evenness of the roast. It is one of the most ev= en roasts I have seen. I would suspect using a dog bowl it would depend on = being able to move the beans around well enough. I usually roast around 1 pound at a time, but I have done a pound and a hal= f before. I think I could probably do 2 pounds if needed. My method will be a little different than a traditional HG/DB, but I hope i= t helps you decide. Vince <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip>
Lately, since I've gotten a HotTop, I mostly roast with it, but I did HGDB roasts exclusively for a year or so and always got very even roasts. I roasted most beans just into 2nd crack. I had much more control over profiles with the HG than I do now with the HT - I've just gotten too busy or lazy to sit and stir for 12 minutes. With the HGDB I could slow down or speed up the roast at will and could extend the time between 1st and 2nd with no problem.
That's pretty much what I thought. I really can't imagine why one wouldn't have great roast control; it's just a matter of effort. I think I'm looking for something a little more automated, and chaff certainly is an issue. Last year I dealt with having chaff all over the apartment, but I don't know if I want to get into that again. Plus, setting up a fan to cool the beans, as simple as it really is, is more than I'd like to have to do. I think a Gene Cafe/Hottop is more what I need right now. Thanks, --Derek On 7/15/06, Zara Haimo wrote: <Snip> -- The Uglyroast 3! Coffee Roaster. ...Now 85% less ugly!http://uglyroast.atspace.com