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 Atlanta
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.
On 8/29/06, David Yeager wrote: <Snip> 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 espresso! Take care, Ann
Ann, 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)
Ann, 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. cheers, ScoTTT an iconoclast wrote: <Snip>
On 8/31/06, Michael Dhabolt wrote: <Snip> 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. Ann
Scott, 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. Vince <Snip> <Snip>