After returning to the trailer and looking over things again I found that
the watts were in fact 1150 instead of 1500. The temperature scale only went
to 435F instead of 450F and that was only for the skillet. The fondue listed
heat ranges as WARM, CHEESE and MEAT.
I decided to venture forth with the experiment and selected the skillet as
the platform. My coffee of choice was the Uganda Organic Bugisu. I began in
the 325F range and after about 5 minutes all I could see was loose chaff.
Increasing the temperature to about 375F brought an uneven color change from
the blaa green to the brighter pea green. This temperature was maintained
for another 3 minutes. At the end of this time I was beginning to get a few
tan beans, but still seemed a bit slow in producing colors I have gotten
used to. An increase to 400F didn't seem to be doing much so I raised it all
the way to the 435F mark after a couple of minutes. The roast was starting
to darken, slowly and very unevenly and I went to back-up plan "B".
GAS...Having not heard any pops or snaps to this point I knew I had to get
the mass heated to a higher degree so I dumped the beans in a heavy bottomed
SS pan already heating on the gas range. Within a couple of minutes I began
hearing the mutted pops of 1st Crack. By the time my timer (set for 20
minutes) had gone off I think I was also hearing snaps of 2nd Crack
sounding. But in all honesty with my bad hearing I may be mistaken on the
snaps. I did not see any evidence of oils or any close to charcoal, but I
did note that the roast was uneven, but not as bad as my Harrar Horse Lot
#19. I tried the sage advise of some of our listers and ground enough for a
12 oz pour over brew and placed the rest in a valved bag to rest and degas.
The resulting cup was a bit stout, but flavorful, very close to the flavor I
have been searching for as a cup from "Memory".
I ground another batch about 5:30 AM this morning and found a little bit of
a 'bite' to the flavor, but still drinkable. Oh the roast was performed last
night at about 6:30 PM so that gave it about an 11 hour rest for this
So as a conclusion I would say unless your electric skillet or wok does
better than 1150 watts or scales up more than 435F "Don't try this at home",
unless you are prepare to finish the roast with another reliable heat
source. AND as Jim said you have to stir constantly.
Continuing my quest for a good roast in the cheap seats.
Take Care, and thanks to Brian, Aaron and Jim for your input.
On 9/6/06, jim gundlach wrote:
Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.