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Topic: Newbie Beth (50 lines)
1) From: Dean
Wow.  I just had a flashback to 3 years ago--when I had just got my 
first greens & my first Rosto.  I had a Fresh Roast+8 that I got as a 
backup, but it roasted too fast, and the batch size was too small--one 
pot or about 3 shots at a time.  I bought a second Rosto.
Acidity, strength, roast time/degree, grind quality, preparation method, 
rest time, and all the rest.  I'm still learning from, and enjoying, my 
mistakes.  2-3 times/week.
What I believe:
Acidity is reduced by longer (darker) roasting.  But eventually the 
charcoal taste takes over.  
Origin has a lot to do with how acidic the coffee ends up--I like 
Indonesian coffees, they are a little lower acid, a little heavier, 
earthier. but I also like Ethiopian & Kenya coffees too.  Not a fan of 
Central & South Americans, generally.  But then I used to actually 
 >like< *$.  :-[
I have gradually reduced the roast level a bit & increased the 
coffee/water ratio from what I used a few years ago--usually end up 
between a City+ & FullCity+ for drip & FC+ to Vienna for espresso.  
(lighter roasts in espresso are a bit sour to me)
A good grinder will help make better coffee than a bad one, regardless 
of how you brew it.  Too much dust makes for sludge & bitterness.
With a Rosto I get 2 pots per batch (120 gm green-->100 gm roasted) so 
rest is a challenge.  But some coffees do get better after a few 
days--read the list, and people will mention this now and then.  I keep 
poor records--I'm about enjoying the coffee, not doing a science 
project. 8-)
BUT: at first, I did keep track of the results, and learned what I liked 
better, and what not so much.  Probably a good practice.
What I suggest:
Buy green from Tom & Maria.
Read Tom's reviews & his tip sheets.  He's forgotten more about coffee 
than I could ever hope to know.
For a lower-acid coffee, try Indonesian, (any) roast to a C++ to FC 
(dark brown, but with no visible oil on the beans post-roast) and roast 
slower rather than faster.
Have a lot of fun!
Dean
mostly lurking in the weeds in central Iowa
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