3rd times a charm. My first 2 roasts of the Sumatra Iskandar Triple-Pick yielded less than desirable results. But this last time, I nailed it! Wow... all the find characteristics of this Sumatra came through and did not disappoint. But the main reason for my post is, am I the only one struggling to roast in the North East in the winter? I mean the ambient air is KILLING my roasts. I use a stove-top popper on a portable burner out on my back porch. And when it's 5 degrees F outside, it's a real battle to get a decent roast. I have to basically over-crank the heat to get a good temp going, which then tends to cook them too fast. I'll get a first crack around 3-4 mins and it lasts for another 3-4 mins, only to find that I'm then into second crack, and I've got over done beans. But if I go the other way and keep the heat down, my thermometer reading is in the low 200's and I'm just making baked beans that never see the light of 2nd crack. It was a nice 30 F out yesterday and these Sumatra Iskandars came out fantastic. But the temps are dropping in Ohio again and I'll be back battling it again all too soon. Just wondering if anyone else experiences this and if there are any tips around this phenom. dk
Not sure how big your setup is but would it be possible to partially enclose your roasting setup? I have had similar problems with cold temperatures and my air roaster. I rigged up a cardboard box with some vents and a chaf collector that recirculates the heated air. Worked well for me but i have a small setup that pairs well with a cardboard box =) Hope this helps... richard <Snip>
I am in PA and I roast on my porch. When I walk out of my kitchen the house is to my left, the grill is right in front of me and to the left used to be wide open to cross winds over 60 acres of farm land. Now I have a tarp attached to the poles of the porch that blocks the wind and it's wonderful! I roasted in 20 degrees the other day and being closed in like that really helped and as an added advantage, the heat from the grill keeps me warm as well! But before that, forget it the wind kept blowing the flame everywhere. The things we do for good coffee! On 2/13/07, Richard Ferguson wrote: <Snip> -- Laura Micucci www.freshroastedforyou.com
Yeah - I've done that with air roasters and it works great, but I'm using a "hand-crank" popcorn popper, so I have to "in the box" too! :-) On 2/13/07, Richard Ferguson wrote: <Snip>
I'm OK with wind. I'm on my back porch which is screened in and my Coleman stove keeps the flame pretty nice. But when it's 5-10 F degrees out, forget it. :-( On 2/13/07, Laura Micucci wrote: <Snip>
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Yes I know. Didn't want to go outside to roast today because the = mosquitoes were out.
such a problem! :oP On 2/13/07, Tom Ulmer wrote: <Snip> -- Laura Micucci www.freshroastedforyou.com