This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Last night we burned some oak in the fireplace instead of the usual fake = logs, so I decided to try roasting in a mesh popcorn popper over the = coals. It took a lot longer than I expected - I didn't time it, but = probably about 20-25 minutes - and produced a natural mélange despite = my trying to keep the roast even by shaking the popper frequently. I = tried a sample this morning and it was pretty good with only a slight = smokey taste. I wouldn't do this often, but it's another method to add = to the repertoire for camping trips or just a change of pace.
If i was going to roast over a fire it would be over a closed bottom pan so you don't get the flames actually touching the beans. That would, I think, help even out the heat transfer and reduce the melange effect as well as protecting the coffee from wood smoke (unless you're roasting over cherry o= r apple wood or something, i dunno ;) ). I'm curious to try roasting over a fire too, but I am very sensitive to heat (i.e. wimp) and would need something with a wicked long handle to hold and stir it with. A friend of mine that visited Africa (2 years in the peace corps visit) said that they use a pot suspended over a fire on a tripod and tilt the pot and stir to roast everything that needs roasting in this manner, be it coffee or nuts o= r whatever. I could see that working! On 2/26/07, Zara Haimo wrote: <Snip> s. <Snip> ut <Snip> p the <Snip> ng <Snip> is <Snip> or <Snip>
This is a multipart message in MIME format. Well aren’t we highfalutin.. burning oak in the fireplace. J From: Zara Haimo [mailto:zara] Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 11:55 AM To: homeroast Subject: +fire roasted coffee Last night we burned some oak in the fireplace instead of the usual fake logs, so I decided to try roasting in a mesh popcorn popper over the = coals. It took a lot longer than I expected - I didn't time it, but probably = about 20-25 minutes - and produced a natural mélange despite my trying to = keep the roast even by shaking the popper frequently. I tried a sample this = morning and it was pretty good with only a slight smokey taste. I wouldn't do = this often, but it's another method to add to the repertoire for camping = trips or just a change of pace.
On 2/26/07, Floyd Lozano wrote: <Snip> How about a perforated "drum on a stick," resting on a "Y" of some kind (half a classic campfire spit-holder) in front of the fire. Then you just need to turn the thing constantly. Beats shaking anything cantilevered from one's hands! - Scott
What I used is the kind of popcorn popper someone on this list calls an Androck - there's one on ebay right now: http://tinyurl.com/37nh9d
Androck is a brand name of a line of kitchen and household utensils. One of their items is a clam-shel like over the fire popcorn popper. Androck items are among the more economical "antique or collectable" items. I have had three of the clam-shell style poppers, two were Androck brand the other a knock-off. The Androck's are much better made, the shells match better and they are less likely to spill the beans than the knock-off. Since the seller does not name tell the brand, you can't really tell them apart from the picture, I have asked the seller to check on the brand. If is an Androck, I'd recommend it, if the knock-off, I would not. Pecan Jim On Feb 26, 2007, at 10:50 PM, Zara Haimo wrote: <Snip>
The seller of this popper has checked where I told him to look for the brand and has found that it is an Androck. If you are interested in over the fire coffee roasting, I recommend buying this one. Pecan Jim On Feb 27, 2007, at 9:33 PM, jim gundlach wrote: <Snip>