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Topic: Strength of coffee (8 msgs / 294 lines)
1) From: Mark Goodrich/Jim Petri
Hi, everyone.  This is my first time emailing the froup and I am fairly new to home roasting.  I am wondering why the coffee I roast (using an Freshroast Plus 8 and a Cuisinart Burr grinder) is not as strong as the Joe's Bay Blend Coffee I get at Trader Joe's.  It doesn't matter whether I roast it light or dark, it still seems as though it takes more coffee to get a strong cup using my roasted coffee than the ground Bay Blend.  Any ideas?  Thanks, Mark

2) From: Eddie Dove
Mark,
Welcome!
Help us help you ... we need more info.  Tell us what you are using to
grind, courseness of grind, what you are using to brew, and anything else
you can think of, etc.  Don't worry ... there is no shortage of answers
here, but I just want to make sure they are helpful.
Respectfully,
Eddie
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
Mark,
Also, what variety of greens are you roasting? Are you roasting a single
variety, or are you roasting several varieties, from around the world?
Brian
On 3/13/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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4) From: Dan Mouer
Mark, my first question is to ask if you are grinding them the same. Also, 
what, exactly, do you mean "strength." If yo mena flavor intensity, that may 
well be a roasting parameter or difference in coffee varieties.
Dan

5) From: Floyd Lozano
Freshroasts tend to roast on the light side, i have found, especially on
common household voltage.  They really like 120v, and many houses only
deliver 110-115, especially older ones!
Here's some info you could provide to help folks nail down the problem:
Beans:
- what variety, and where did you purchase them, and when!
- how much are you using to start
Roast
- any way to measure your line voltage?
- what roast setting are you using on the fresh roast
- how long after you roast are you letting your beans 'rest'
Grind
- what setting do you use on your grinder
- how old is your grinder =)
- what does the finished product look like (powdered sugar, BBs, table
sugar, all of the above all at once)
Brew
- how much water are you using
- what's your coffee maker
- how much ground coffee are you using
It may simply be that you need to grind your coffee a little finer and
everything else is great, or it could be a bunch of little things.  Please
fill out this form and submit your credit card information and we will get
back to you ;)
-Floyd

6) From: MSMB
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I have found that time of day matters a lot.  My roasts go much faster
during the day than in the evening.  You would expect that this is because I
use more electricity in my house in the evening, and in general the demand
on electricity is much greater in my neighborhood when it gets dark.  But,
on the other hand, even if I have the washer and a couple of other devices
like the microwave, going in the afternoon when I am roasting, the roast is
still faster in the afternoon or morning.  I use an I-Roast I.  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Floyd Lozano
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 9:46 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Re: Strength of coffee
Freshroasts tend to roast on the light side, i have found, especially on
common household voltage.  They really like 120v, and many houses only
deliver 110-115, especially older ones!
Here's some info you could provide to help folks nail down the problem:
Beans:
- what variety, and where did you purchase them, and when!
- how much are you using to start
Roast
- any way to measure your line voltage?
- what roast setting are you using on the fresh roast
- how long after you roast are you letting your beans 'rest'
Grind
- what setting do you use on your grinder
- how old is your grinder =)
- what does the finished product look like (powdered sugar, BBs, table
sugar, all of the above all at once)
Brew
- how much water are you using
- what's your coffee maker
- how much ground coffee are you using
It may simply be that you need to grind your coffee a little finer and
everything else is great, or it could be a bunch of little things.  Please
fill out this form and submit your credit card information and we will get
back to you ;) 
-Floyd

7) From: Angelo
Maybe, if you tossed in a few robusta beans, you'd get that sensation 
of "stronger" coffee.... :-)
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8) From: Ross
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Fellow IRoasters/Freshroasters,
I finally sprang for a Variac, set it at 110 and my IR2 has become a joy =
to work with.  Highly recommended if you want any degree of consistency =
or control with the fluid bed roasters.   
Wishing you great coffee,
Ross


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