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Topic: Atlanta & North Georgia Gathering - Summer Edition (7 msgs / 172 lines)
1) From: David Yeager
Our next meeting will be on Sunday, August 27th, starting at 3pm at 
the home of Bob Roseman on Atlanta's far northside. Since it is a 
private residence, we'll email driving directions off-list to those 
who express interest in attending.
We usually have espresso lessons and practice. Our host is now a 
certified judge for SCAA Barista competitions and has a fine 
single-head manual machine.
At our last meeting we also had a coffee cupping, so don't be 
surprised if that happens again.
Roasting demo. Many of you homeroasters have heard about RK Drums, 
the perforated stainless steel drums used for roasting on a BBQ set. 
RK himself, Ron Kyle, is planning to come over from South Carolina to 
give us a demonstration.
If you are in the area, I hope to see you there.  Oh, yes, please 
bring 8# of the SweetMarias coffee of your choice for the roasting 
demo.   ;^)
David Y

2) From: David Yeager
Well, we had the Atlanta & North Georgia Gathering at the home of Bob 
Roseman on Sunday 8/27.
Twenty people!!  Can you believe it?
   Ron Kyle gave a couple of demonstrations of his RK Drum.  What a 
nice piece of craftsmanship that stainless steel drum is!  You 
couldn't see the beans, but you could hear 'em, smell 'em, and watch 
the smoke.  Oh, yeah, the analog thermometer was a dead give-away to 
the timing of the roast, too. Also impressive was the heat-proof 
glove he used to grasp the rotisserie rod.  If you get the Drum, get 
the glove, too!
   Doug Strait showed off his geeked-out Poppery.  It was a 
split-wired, variac-free, dual-control arrangement.  He had designed 
part of the circuity himself in order to boost the voltage to the fan.
   A special thank to Bob's wife, Libby, and daughter, Debbie, who 
put out a gorgeous spread of gourmet comestibles to go with the 
fairly constant flow of espresso from Bob's LaSpaziale S1 Vivaldi.
Our next meeting may be at a local commercial roastery (heresy, I 
know) for some practice in cupping.

3) From: an iconoclast
On 8/29/06, David Yeager  wrote:
I wish my husband and I could have seen Ron's demo.  It's our logical
next step.  I'm hoping my husband will be able to talk with Les at
Saturday's Espresso Jam about roasting with a drum.  10-12 lbs a week
with HG/DB/Sideburner is wearing me out.  It will be nice to do 3-4
lbs at a time.  It's gonna freak me out not seeing the beans though. I
guess I'll get used to it, but I am going to have to use a timer so I
don't get distracted and forget I'm roasting!
Glad you guys had such a good turnout.  I'm a little nervous putting
my beans next to Les, MiKe, Mike (just plain) and Alchemist John and
whomever else shows up, but I can't wait to taste homeroasted
Take care,

4) From: Michael Dhabolt
And I'm a little nervous putting my beans next to Les, MiKe, Ann,
Alchemist John and whomever else shows up.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Mike (just plain)

5) From: Scott Miller
I got my first chance to see the RK drum at the ATL gathering. The 
cracks are very easy to hear. I was standing 6 feet away from the 
roaster talking with someone and distinctly heard the early outlying 
pops at the onset of 1st. The 2nd cracks were also easy to detect, so 
the audio cues are not a problem and I've never been accused of having 
good hearing...my girlfriend will verify this... oh, wait she says I 
hear fine, I just don't listen. Learning to identify aromas would seem 
to me the most reliable way to choose your stopping point, unless you 
have a cold, I guess.
Using a temp probe would also be useful.
Some things I observed that I'll take into account when I get my drum:
- the high speed motor is a must have, IMO
- a 12 gauge piece of sheet metal as a heat diffuser is a must, IMO
The thing I noticed that I think is a good idea: Ron had some marks made 
with a permanent marker so those reference points on the burner dials 
help when decreasing heat to stretch the roast time.
Once you have a bean profiled this is a roasting method that's 
predictable and not at the mercy of some electrical board that 
inevitably will fail at the most inopportune moment... you know, like 
that last batch of a pricey CoE or Kona in your stash :(
Oh sure there's other things that might fail or cause difficulties... 
run out of gas; weather extremes, operator error, etc. Other than my own 
foolishness, I can often overcome these obstacles.
Just like we have helpful, concerned & respnsive folks here to buy 
greens from, I get the impression that Ron is dedicated to making sure 
his customers are satisfied. Although I was thinking one of Ron's drums 
would be a good thing to have prior to the ATL gathering, I'm now 
certain of it.
I close on my new house on the 8th. Shortly thereafter a new drum is 
going to be my first improvement to the property. I don't need a new 
sofa, honest. The coffee stains on the old one just add character... 
they do... really.... just ask my girlfriend.
an iconoclast wrote:

6) From: an iconoclast
On 8/31/06, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:
You too, Mike.  I hope MiKe has a TV available for my husband.  He
just found out the Oregon/Stanford game was on while we drink
espresso.  I figure I can at least keep him there for the game and to
talk to Les about drum roasting.

7) From: Captain CowPie
I agree with you about Ron and his business. Not only were the drums built =
to a very high quality, I got the feeling that he really stands behind them=
. It was nice to see 4 pounds roasted so easily.
I was tempted to pick up one of the drums at the time, but my bread machine=
 and heat gun produce an easy pound or more and that is all I need for now.=
 If I ever start having to roast consistently for others, the RK Drum is fo=
r me.

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