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Topic: New to roasting and differences in air poppers (5 msgs / 136 lines)
1) From: Les
Unless you do major modifications to your poppers, there are major
differences between brands.  There is also differences between two
different poppers of the same brand.  I had two Poppery Is and they
roasted more differently than my Wearever Pumper, it was in the middle
of the two.  Alas, not is all lost, get to know one popper before you
get to know the other.  Second, split wire the popper and you will
have a lot more control.  There are many threads on how to do this.  I
popper roasted for 18 years.  If you want to  go whole hog, check out
Plain Mike's Ubber Popper on Home Roast.
On 8/6/06, Tim Higham  wrote:

2) From: Scott Marquardt
Wait a minute -- 18 years?
Sir, I bow to you.
Seriously, as a noob to the craft (a bit over a year ago), I wasn't aware
that the history of wise use of poppers dated back so far. Has anyone
written something like an informal history of the amateur roasting community
dating back that far? I mean, from my vantage point you're a founding father
or somesuch.   ;-)
Seriously interested.
- Scott
On 8/6/06, Les  wrote:

3) From: Les
Oh I know there are others who have homeroasted longer than I (22 years).
  Wandering John who used to be on the list homeroasted a few years
more than I have.  I also think Ed has me beat too.  Pre-internet
homeroasting was very different.  Having Sweet Marias and a few other
good suppliers has really opened the floodgates for getting good
beans.  Back in the old days, Poppers were the only way to go.
Consider yourself blessed to be getting into the game when there are
so many great beans and methods of roasting.  Believe me I don't long
for the good old days!  The only advantage of the old days is stash
reduction was never a problem.  Driving 300 miles round trip to get
beans was a part of the adventure!  Now I simply read reviews, order,
and wait for BROWN.
On 8/6/06, Scott Marquardt  wrote:

4) From: Ed Needham
I first homeroasted in 1977, and miraculously, at about the same time, hot 
air popcorn poppers were just hitting the market.  Interestingly enough, I 
was the only guy in my dorm to have one, so I was invited to a lot of the 
floor parties.  A local college coffeehouse, "The Runcible Spoon"  in 
Bloomington (http://www.runciblespoonrestaurant.com) was one of my 
hangouts, partly because it had the best coffee.  They had some sort of 
large batch, probably homemade, air roaster that they used for their beans. 
I was fascinated by this and watched any time they got a batch roasting. 
When I came home in the summer of '77, a friend and I started a coffeehouse, 
and although I didn't roast beans for the coffeehouse, I did roast small 
amounts for myself.
My first batch was some green beans left in a dozen burlap coffee bags my 
coffee supplier brought me for wall decoration in my coffeehouse.  I think I 
scrounged maybe a quarter pound from the bags and roasted it in the oven. 
It was a smoky, scary experience, and although I smoked up the house -a lot- 
I didn't get the beans all the way roasted.  Probably a little past first 
crack.  My later adventures in roasting involved the hot air popper.  I used 
it for a few years, and one day in the early '80's stumbled upon the Melitta 
Aromaroaster.  Wow, a real coffee roaster!
This was my main source of homeroasting from about 1983 to maybe 1996.  I 
had several of them, since later I found them on sale at a Big Lots store 
for $6 each!  I bought ten of them and gave a few away as Christmas presents 
that year.  When the internet became a public reality in about 1995, I got 
connected with other homeroasters and found out that others were roasting 
with poppers and the Melitta Aromaroast.  I 'think' I signed up for the SM 
list about '96 or so too.  I got a wild hair to get a Hearthware Precision 
when they came out.  I bought a Hearthware Gourmet to use alongside the 
Precision mainly because I was curious as to how well the Gourmet roasted 
beans.  After that, it was all drum roasting, and I won't bore you with 
Les is still deserving to be bowed toward for all his efforts.
Ed Needham®
"to absurdity and beyond!"
ed at homeroaster dot com
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5) From: Ed Needham
I phone ordered my greens from the Runcible Spoon Coffeehouse in 
Bloomington.  I was their only greens customer, and they thought I was some 
kind of kook for ordering beans from them unroasted.
Ed Needham®
"to absurdity and beyond!"
ed at homeroaster dot com
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