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Topic: First Home Roaster (8 msgs / 248 lines)
1) From: Jeffrey W Johnston
I am going to step up to home roasting. I have ordered a Fresh Roast +8 f=
or
Sweet Maria's. Having some second thoughts about this roaster. We drink a=
 12
cup Cuisinart drip pot daily. I am now concerned about the roast quantity
limitation, but also have wife imposed budget constraints. Might I be wis=
e
to return the +8 and move to the iRoast to gain larger roast batches, or =
am
I on track with the +8 as my first roaster. I simply don't want to be
distraught after a couple of weeks. But if the +8 will serve my needs for=
 a
reasonable time with satisfactory results, I'll stick with it.
 
Fr. Jeff+ 
 

2) From: Les
Welcome Jeff!,
We all have to start somewhere.  Personally, I don't think the added expense
of an I-Roast gets you that much more bang for you dollar.  So a fresh roast
is a nice way to get started and see if you are really going to enjoy the
new hobby (obsession).  Personally, after over 20 years of homeroasting, I
would do the following with hindsight.  This is assuming I was not a tinker
bug (I am a tinker bug, so I have many modified toys).  I would break my
teeth on the Fresh Roast.  I would then save my bucks and buy a very nice
Hottop.  However if you are a tinker bug, a good modified Poppery One is an
option.  A Stir Crazy/Turbo-oven is a great way to go.  If you are low tech,
the Heatgun/Dog bowl method and its various spin-offs are great too.  You
may want to do some exploring on brew methods as well.  I don't know much
about the Cusinart, but a good Vac-Pot is nice to have.  If you really want
to get the wife upset, begin to explore the world of espresso!
I think a good French Press is a must, and you can only brew as good as your
grinder.  Before spending more on a roaster, get a good grinder.  I would
highly recommend a Rancilio Rocky.  In my opinion it is the best buy out
there.  I prefer it over the Mazzer Mini.  Mazzer cut too many corners on
the Mini.  The Rocky is built much better, and is at least $100.00 cheaper
from most places.  Now if you want to step up, go to a Macap or a Mazzer
Super Jolly or Major.  However it sounds like you are on a tight budget.
That said, I would get a better grinder before stepping up to a different
roaster.  In fact, I would go heatgun/dog bowl before getting anything just
to get that good grinder.
Les
On 9/8/06, Jeffrey W Johnston  wrote:
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3) From: jim gundlach
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On Sep 8, 2006, at 5:04 PM, Les wrote:
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I would put a big ditto mark under this advice.  I am still amazed at  
how much improvement getting a good grinder, in my case the major  
move was from a Solis to the Rocky which has since been replaced by a  
Mazzer Major, makes in getting the best flavor out out your home  
roasted coffee.  I'm also amazed at how difficult it seems to be to  
get the message across that the grinder is really really really  
really important.  Maybe I should add another really.
     Pecan Jim
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In fact, I = would go heatgun/dog bowl before getting anything just to get that good = grinder.  I would = put a big ditto mark under this advice.  I am still amazed at how much = improvement getting a good grinder, in my case the major move was from a = Solis to the Rocky which has since been replaced by a Mazzer Major, = makes in getting the best flavor out out your home roasted coffee.  = I'm also amazed at how difficult it seems to be to get the message = across that the grinder is really really really really important.  = Maybe I should add another really.    Pecan = Jim= --Apple-Mail-8--940106473--

4) From: David T. Borton
Jeff,
One Anglican to another?  Shoot Maria an email and tell her to switch it 
out for the IRoar2 (out of stock till end of September, I believe).
I bought the Fresh Roast 2 and within 3 weeks, was ordering the IRoar2.  
Why?
Bigger output.   Much, much better chaff control.  Better control over 
the roast.
The IRoast 2 is one noisy bugger but it is putting out very nice coffee 
for me.  If there are budget issues, hold the line.  But, I would 
encourage you to step up to the IRoast2 but what do I know?
After 4 months, I am deliberating between a HotTop and a Gene Cafe as my 
next purchase.  I have given myself permission to splurge compared to 
the other discretionary purchases we all make.  Heavens, my car has been 
paid for since '91.  I think I have $500 for a coffee roaster.  Now that 
I have decided to buy one of them, it is merely delayed 
gratification...will probably sit on this holding pattern for months, 
hoping that one of them slides a price decrease like the Z & D did two 
weeks ago.  Time will tell.
Good luck on your decision,
DB
-- http://sidewalkmystic.comYour Online Guide to Honduras Travel and Vacation

5) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Or go the route some of us did and buy THREE different burr grinders within
a year before finally getting a Rocky... spending enough on those first 3
inferior grinders to have bought a Rocky in the first place! 
 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee 
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc: http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm
Ultimately 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.  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of jim gundlach
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 3:49 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +First Home Roaster
On Sep 8, 2006, at 5:04 PM, Les wrote:
In fact, I would go heatgun/dog bowl before getting anything just to get
that good grinder.
I would put a big ditto mark under this advice. I am still amazed at how
much improvement getting a good grinder, in my case the major move was from
a Solis to the Rocky which has since been replaced by a Mazzer Major, makes
in getting the best flavor out out your home roasted coffee. I'm also amazed
at how difficult it seems to be to get the message across that the grinder
is really really really really important. Maybe I should add another really.
Pecan Jim

6) From: Leo Zick
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id defaintely really have to agree!  
From: jim gundlach [mailto:PecanJim] 
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 6:49 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +First Home Roaster
On Sep 8, 2006, at 5:04 PM, Les wrote:
In fact, I would go heatgun/dog bowl before getting anything just to get
that good grinder.
I would put a big ditto mark under this advice. I am still amazed at how
much improvement getting a good grinder, in my case the major move was from
a Solis to the Rocky which has since been replaced by a Mazzer Major, makes
in getting the best flavor out out your home roasted coffee. I'm also amazed
at how difficult it seems to be to get the message across that the grinder
is really really really really important. Maybe I should add another really.
Pecan Jim

7) From: Ed Needham
I roasted in a 3 oz. air roaster for years.  It's frustrating when you want 
to roast for a vacation or for Christmas gifts, but for daily personal use, 
roasting two or three batches will usually get you through the week.  Less 
than a half hour.
My five pound drum roaster brings with it another set of 'problems'.  Now I 
roast enough for myself and several other people, and it takes an hour or so 
each week.  My hobby pays for itself though.  I guess that's a plus.
*********************
Ed NeedhamŽ
"to absurdity and beyond!"
ed at homeroaster dot com
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8) From: Don Cummings
I'd have to chime in and echo Les' sentiment.  Rocky or better and $25
Whirly-pop.  12 oz batches back to back. No problem.
As far as the brewing methods. I have at least 8 or 9 and love all of them.
I also have a Cuisinart drip. I bought it before I knew much about brew temp
and such. I actually bought it based on price. My thinking was that if it
cost $110 it had to be pretty decent.  Measured the standard brewing temp
with a TC. 190-194 range. With the small pot button pressed it brews at
200-204.
On 9/8/06, Les  wrote:
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Don


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