All, It has been a while since I've yammered on here, so I figured what the hay... Just got done roasting up what I hope to be an interesting coffee blend of roughly 50/50 Columbia FNC Excelsio and Costa Rica Dota de Tarazu. The Columbian is sweet and rich, and the Dota has a very clean roasty character. I hope the two will compliment each other well. The Dota had a really long pause between first and second--so much that I turned up my SC/TO a bit to get there. Usually with my SC/ TO there is a pause of only a minute or two, and with the Dota it was probably 5 minutes. I also think I've finally figured out my technique for the SC/TO. I preheat the machine to about 250-275F, place the beans in (1#), and set the SC/TO to 310F. This gives me about a 15-20 minute roast where I have some time between first and second crack, usually two minutes or so. For some reason, with the SC/TO, I am pushed towards a bit darker roasting and usually at least wait for a snap of second crack, which seems to taste a lot like a City+ roast from what I read on the SM descriptions. If I let some snaps happen for a few minutes and stop, I get something that is FC, and if I go further, a glean starts to develop. I think the early second crack happens because some beans on the top get a bit warmer than the bulk. While the purist might not like this, I think its kind of nice to get a few beans with some roastiness in there, even with the "lighter" roasts. My stash continues to go down. It pales to some of your stashes out there, but I've got a little tiny apartment. I still have some of the famed Kenya Geth (remember this one? I got it with my sampler pack probably a year ago) Also in there is 5 pounds of Horse 30, and 2 pounds of the Esmerelda Gesha (second offering). Some very DARK Ethopian DP Sidamo.. My next roast is going to be cleaning out some old Kenya (622 and 52(?)). Call me crazy, but the Kenyas are a bit more citrusy that I would prefer to drink daily. Give me a nice earthy Sumatra (of which I've run out!) any day... Oh, I also have some Yemeni coffee which was too earthy for my tastes alone.. Gotta figure out if that can go in a blend.. Maybe with the last bit of Sumatra I do have (Blangili Longberry).. Hmm.. Can't wait to get the stash down to the point I can participate in some of these great offerings!