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Topic: Roast Level vs. Static? (6 msgs / 196 lines)
1) From: Justin Marquez
I roasted a couple of pounds of a new Guat yesterday (one obtained
locally).  I got a little farther towards the dark side than I
normally roast. It went quite a few snaps into 2nd, but never hit
"rolling 2nd crack" nor is there any real oil showing after overnight
I brewed a pot of this after just 3 hours rest and then another this
AM after 12 hours rest. All of a sudden, the SMP grinder is getting
"static cling" in a serious way!  The weather here in Houston was not
particularly dry yesterday. (In fact, you're had pressed to find a day
in Houston where the humidity is much less than 65%.)
Since this is one of the few times I have roasted to FC or FC+ and
also one of the few times the grinder has had a static problem, it got
me to wondering if the darker roasts have more static issues than
ligher roasts. I haven't changed anything with the grinder. I didn't
just clean it or remove the burrs.
Has anyone else noticed this before?
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

2) From: Leo Zick
I find just the opposite. When I roast for brewed, fines are everywhere when
I grind, the lighter the color, the lighter they seem to weigh.
Dark roasts (espresso) seem to hold the oil better when they grind, they
slide right out of the hopper. :)

3) From: Derek Bradford
I use a wooden level when I level grinds in my espresso baskets.  Dark
roasts always stick to the wood and are difficult to level without
disturbing, and there's no noticeable improvement when I level with my
fingers.  None of this happens with lighter roasts.  I assume it's
that the beans are oilier.
On 3/19/07, Justin Marquez  wrote:

4) From: Tom Ulmer
I don't think a slight change in the moisture level of the bean due to a
darker roast could affect the electrostatics to a noticeable degree.
Certainly it takes less energy to move a grind which has less weight but a
significant change in "static cling" would probably be more attributable to
less relative humidity in the environment.

5) From: raymanowen
The temperatures involved in coffee roasting tend to drive out moisture by
converting it to very high temperature water vapor. I doubt if the presence
of humidity precludes the generation of static charges. Clouds in the sky
are the epitome of humidity, but they can sure generate static!
My roasts sometimes form oil drops after a few days' rest. The customer
servicing Automaton for a well-known importer whose machines appear in the
market wearing several different Marques told me the oil drops must be the
cause of all my grinder problems.
When stored in an open pile, the coffee hydrocarbons tend to adsorb and bond
with O2 molecules.
The evolving CO2 molecules from the aging coffee beans tend to do the same
with passing H2O molecules.
If The Inspectors find coffee grounds hiding in your grinder, it means you
just haven't cleaned it yet.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
I am prejudiced when it comes to inviting water molecules over for coffee

6) From: Justin Marquez
On 3/19/07, Tom Ulmer  wrote:
I agree that the moisture level in a recently roasted batch is LOW,
regardless of whether the roast is City to FC+. You've heated the
beans to 400+ degrees - the water is gone. As a matter of routine, I
"huff" once into the plastic catchbin just before I grind to brew,
just to help quell static.  I did that with these two grinds and still
had LOTS of static.
Typical with the SMP is to have a few grounds to cling - I grind about
55-60 grams in a batch and the amount normally clinging in the bin
would cover a patch about the size of a thumbnail, 1 layer thick.
After pouring the grinds into the drip filter, I take the bin to the
sink and rap it against my hand with the bin's opening looking
downwards and the remaining grinds fall out to the disposal.
This morning when I pulled the catchbin out of the SMP, a few grounds
and chaff exited onto the counter. After pouring the mail grinds to
the filter, most of the inside of the bin was covered with grounds and
a little chaff (I did have more residual chaff than usual in this
batch after fan cooling). When I turned over and tapped it as usual,
not much of the clingers fell out. I had to rinse it to clean it.
This is the level of difference in static I am seeing.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

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