Hot Top roaster (digital model) with the variac at 120v. Used the beans that were packed in the roaster box (labeled Mandheling), weight at 250 grams. Put 21 minutes of time on the machine and let her rip. This was the first time I was able to see the beans go through the transformation. Followed the stages listed in the owners manual and Maria's tip sheets and was able to id each stage. Stopped the roast right after first crack with 4 minutes remaining on the timer. Beans are medium to medium/dark brown. I assume I have a city roast. No oil on the beans at all. Beans are resting in a mason jar. Smoke production was minimal until ejection. The kitchen fan handled it well. No fire alarms went off. Minimal odor outdoors. I think it went well. The mechanics are easy to follow, the manual is written well and you guys are a wonderful source of information. I've been lurking, absorbing everything I could. My son is hounding me to brew a pot, so that's next. This is fun! Bob Brashear
Congratulations Bob. My first roast with the Hottop I took the included beans to a Spanish roast plus to flavor the machine. Through those in the compost pile. Then proceeded to roast SM beans. My roses loved the first roast and I have loved almost all the subsequent roasts.
Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip> Thanks. Ya know, I never thought of "seasoning" the machine. There was some chaff in the tray when I opened the box. Do you know if they "burn them in" before shipping? Bob Brashear
There was no chaff in mine. No sign that the machine was ever used. Mine is about 2 years old now so maybe they changed their policy.Don't worry about it just enjoy the roaster.
One warning: do NOT judge the taste quality of home roasted beans by the greens that came in the HotTop box! Oh it'll probably be some of the best coffee you've ever had, but nothing like what's to come roasting only the best of the best Specialty greens sourced by one very picky cupper, ours truly Tom Ownes:-) Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. <Snip>
miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip> I've got 12 pounds of some of his best on the shelf waiting to go tomorrow evening. This weekend will be spent experimenting. The wife has allocated money for coffee. Life could not be better.
Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip> You burn in electronics, maybe roasters too. No worries, having fun.
Hi Bob, Welcome and it sounds like you did just fine. I don't think they burn in = the Hottops before they ship them but there is no need to go much farther = than you did to get your Hottop going. It will get seasoned plenty on its = own, and I think if you roast too dark, it almost has to leave some of the Spanish roast flavor behind for your next roast or so. Roasting as light as you did, I would probably allow at least 2 or 3 = days rest before brewing or it might have a grassy, bitter taste for the cup. Best, Terry
javafool wrote: <Snip> Terry, It's sitting there calling to me. But I am resisting. We'll wait until saturday to try it. Bob
Bob, Unless you only roasted enough for one cup, why not go ahead and try it? How else will you experience the changes as it reaches its flavor peak? Happy roasting! Tom in GA
Tom Bellhouse wrote: <Snip> Tom, Did the whole half pound. We succumbed earlier this morning. mea culpa, ... Very nice. My son and I are going to do another couple of batches today. We'll then segregate into different rest periods. See how it goes. Bob