And in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, permit me to
offer a modest "Aarrrr!"
I've only done a half-dozen roasts so far in the few weeks I've had
this puppy, but when you consider that my only other roaster was my
newly-retired (but still esteemed) FreshRoast 8, everyplace else is
I'll sing the standard refrain of shortcomings:
1) it will take a bit of time to learn to pinpoint the roast, given the
GC's long cool-down;
2) it's difficult to hear the cracks.
The first problem I take in stride. With the FreshRoast, the notion of
a "roast profile" is laughable; in our area, the ambient temperature
and seemingly o'erbrimming voltage guaranteed a 3-4' roast, even using
a couple of extension cords (as a technophobe, I shun things like
Variacs, Brainiacs, and Yaks). But the matter of hearing the cracks I
consider more serious. On a couple of occasions I've managed to hear
second crack (once it was Moka Kadir, and I took it into rolling
2nd--too dark, for my taste--but at least I could tell that I was
hearing the crack and not the sound of the beans rolling around in the
roasting chamber). So far, I've been unable to detect 1st crack at all.
Though the motor isn't loud, the sound of the beans inside the chamber
masks the crack frequency. It could be that these boomer ears (that
have been to perhaps a few too many Grateful Dead concerts, and more to
the point, have sat mid-orchestra for lo these many years) just aren't
up to the task. In any case, I've managed so far by sight and smell.
The results I've produced are marvelous (save for my tragic over-roast
of the MK), and of course it's great to have a half-pound roast at one
time. I do have two questions:
1) how SMALL a roast can you do in this machine? There are times when a
half pound is (and I know this is apostasy) too much.
2) is "Gene" pronounced with one or two syllables? The company's name
is Genesis, so I opt for two (even though it makes me feel less
Watson-and-Crick-ish). As always, I crave the knowhow of The List.
Sierra Madre, California