Did my first ever roasts this afternoon. Two 1/2# batches of Panama Lot
12686. I've created a new page on my family site at http://www.sklenar.info/coffee.html, have a few pictures. Nothing
The comments about my 1000w heat gun likely being under powered made me
nervous ... picked up a 1500w Wagner at Lowes this morning.
I'm afraid the first batch may be underdone ... after 14 minutes, I had
heard some cracks, but no "rolling crack" of any sort, but the color was
looking about what I expected. The second 1/2 pound definitely had a
"rolling 1st crack". I tried to hold the gun closer to the beans,
cracking was underway by a bit over 9 minutes and lasted about 2
minutes. Smoked more than the first try too. Removed the heat and
started cooling at about 13 minutes when i think started hearing a
couple of fainter cracks. I tossed each batch to cool in a mesh
strainer until I could handle the beans (although they were still hot).
Then I moved them to the large plates in the two photos and placed them
on the top shelf of my freezer for a couple of minutes until the beans
felt nearly room temperature.
I'm concerned the first batch really is under roasted and am a little
worried, although not as much, about the second batch. What will under
roasted coffee taste like (i.e.; what should i be looking for)? We'll
find out tomorrow I guess ...
Batch 1 - 229g green, 186g roasted, 14+ minutes total
Batch 2 - 229g green, 184g roasted, ~13 minutes total