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Topic: Yet another new Gene Cafe user (4 msgs / 171 lines)
1) From: Roger Lebow
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 
Manhattan.
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.
Faithfully,
Roger
Sierra Madre, California

2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
The only somewhat helpful suggestion I can give for hearing the 
cracks is to stay back from the machine - somehow I always have a 
better ear when I back off a bit, rather than trying to get close. 
The little weighted, swinging chaff mover in the drum doesn't help 
either.
By the way, having trouble hearing cracks has a positive side: old, 
dried-out green coffee has a very loud snap. There's a certain 
character to it thats very distinct, and it happens at a lower 
temperature, and more concurrently ... So, roughtly speaking, a 
softer crack can mean fresher current crop/new crop green coffee.
Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

3) From: Scot Murphy
On Sep 19, 2006, at 12:47 PM, Roger Lebow wrote:
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Me pirate name is Iron Tom Kidd, ye landlubbers:http://www.piratequiz.com/Scot "avast, me hearties" Murphy

4) From: Sandy Andina
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Mad Mary Cash here. Aaarrrrr......ka-CHING!
On Sep 19, 2006, at 3:21 PM, Scot Murphy wrote:
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Sandy
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