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Topic: newbie roaster kitsap (8 msgs / 197 lines)
1) From: Jonser
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That is correct, I live across the water from Seattle WA.  I got a bee =
in my bonnet and bought some green beans (columbian, mexican) from =
Guse's in Longview, WA while I was visiting family.  I have been eyeing =
the sample pack and am not opposed to trying different roasts.  
My roasting level is super extreme newbie dude.  I just burned up one =
popcorn popper and have resorted to pan roasting.  My first roast went =
right to french roast.  Got that fresh burned popcorn smell throughout =
my house.  Needless to say wife was concerned.  Ground up the coffee 24 =
hours later and enjoyed it enough to try it again.  
I was hoping for a single been type that may not be awesome but would be =
"safe"  to start with.  I would like to buy abut 5 to 10 lbs to roast =
over again to perfect the skill. 
I would also like to know how you guys like the freshroast 8 as a =
starter auto roaster?  

2) From: raymanowen
The poppers or the Fresh Roast are easily overloaded. Overloading an air
column fluid bed roaster causes it to run hotter. How so?
It slows the airflow when the chamber is overloaded. The heater element
keeps making heat at the same rate.
The lower flow rate has to remove the same heat. That means each cc of air
passing the heater element is picking up more heat- or gets hotter.
Additionally, the air flow is air cooling for the element, and reduced
cooling lets the element get hotter.
The Fresh Roast is not a bad start up roaster. Eschew the shiny toys for
upgrades. When you want to move up from the elementary FR, you can gain lots
of capacity and roasting profile control with a heat gun. Use it with a
mixing bowl, dog bowl or bread machine from the thrift store.
Bread machines also have buttons- just use the one that toggles the function
to "dough cycle," then hit the GO! button.
Add a pound of your favorite green coffee and aim the HG where it will do
the most good!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
You got questions, we'll find answers!

3) From: Mark Bartkowiak
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Hi Jonser,
    I am a newbie roaster also, less than 15# roasted so far. I found =
Sweet Marias website before I started roasting and read all the =
different ways Tom had write ups for roasting. The idea I could roast =
better tasting coffee than I could buy rattled about in my head for a =
few weeks while I waited for my local thrift shops to get in a corn =
popper that would be usable. I also read about all the different greens =
Tom had to roast and tried to figure out which ones I and my wife would =
like. I never did find a good popper for roasting out here in NC, but a =
little extra money flowed in and I said the heck with it and ordered a =
FreshRoast+8 from Tom along with a sample 8-pack. Now I don't drink alot =
of coffee, about 2 cups a day, and my wife drinks about twice that. The =
FreshRoast will roast 64g of greens at a time, it will do it well and =
quite quickly, about 5-6 minutes of roasting between cool downs. I use =
it in the house with no problems, but a stovehood or bathroom fan is =
recommended for the darker roasts, i.e.. rolling second cracks of =
Vienna, light French and full French. The chaff collector seems to catch =
most of the smoke but the time the chaff collector comes off and gets =
put down till the time the beans hit the cooling sieve on my fan can get =
a bit smoky. My wife and I don't mind it since my cooking sometimes =
creates that much smoke. You can see the progression of colors as the =
beans roast. You can smell the progression of the roast from grass thru =
bready to roasted well. You can hear the different tones between the =
first and second cracks well. With a good cooling setup I can roast 4 =
batches in an hour which will last us a couple of days. I'm still trying =
the samplers and haven't found a coffee I didn't like. I love the =
FreshRoast +8 and still use it but since I've started roasting our =
coffee usage has doubled and to keep up with my wife's usage I currently =
roast using the bread machine heat gun method (BM/HG) for her. It will =
do 1# in about 15 minutes but the chaff and smoke makes it outdoors =
only. A 27 minutes dough cycle and a 1500-1600 watt HG are essential. =
Thrift store bread machine, heatgun from Northern Tool, 20" box fan, and =
a stainless steel sieve are all that is needed. My FR+8 setup can be =
seen at  =http://bellsouthpwp.net/h/s/hsbart/elleamandas/projects/coffee/coffee.htm=Mark B. Midland, NC

4) From: Brett Mason
Welcome to the fray, Mark!  Thanks for the good inputs, and telling us what
it's like as a new roaster...  Did you indeed find that you can roast better
coffee than you can buy at a store?
Again, welcome...
On 4/22/07, Mark Bartkowiak  wrote:

5) From: Eddie Dove
Hey Mark,
Welcome aboard!  Great pictures.  What are you using to support the
fan? or is it levitating? ;-)
Docendo Discimus
Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 4/22/07, Mark Bartkowiak  wrote:">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 4/22/07, Mark Bartkowiak  wrote:

6) From: miKe mcKoffee
Sounds like you're looking for a good "coffee coffee" (balanced cup rather
than extreme one way or another) and will take fairly wide degree of roast.
Unfortunately timing is bad. The first two that come to mind are Uganda and
Timor both waiting for the new crops. Ok how 'bout a Mexican, same thing.
Thought maybe Rwanda but a bit smaller roast latitude. Of course, a good
Panama! But still early and the only one offered is has Catuai which
personally from my experience for my palate don't like the type acidity it
imparts. The only Columbia offered this early Tom specifically says to keep
completely out of 2nd crack so wouldn't work well as a learning bean. Hmmm,
the Guatemala Fraijanes - Finca Agua Tibia with it's old growth
Bourbon-Typica is a distinct possiblity. (I did get 5# of it for our stash
but haven't roasted any of this crop yet.) Was about to say maybe a PNG but
again too early not available. Geeze, not a good time of year for new crop
balanced coffees that'll take a wide degree roast! :-( 
FR8 wise very small batches, tends to roast fast accentuating brightness
over body, hard to get a good light roast, poor choice escpecially for
roasts intended for espresso shots.
BTW just in case you hadn't noticed and since you live only a few hours
drive away, might want to check out the PNWG V link...
Pacific Northwest Gathering Vhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGV.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jonser
	Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2007 5:44 PM
	I was hoping for a single been type that may not be awesome but
would be "safe"  to start with.  I would like to buy abut 5 to 10 lbs to
roast over again to perfect the skill. 
	I would also like to know how you guys like the freshroast 8 as a
starter auto roaster?

7) From: Gregg Talton
Welcome to the list - nice pictures.
Gregg T.
Belmont, NC (the one in Gaston)
On 4/22/07, Mark Bartkowiak  wrote:
They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me
sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days. - Garrison

8) From: Mark Bartkowiak
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Hi Gregg!
    'Waving from beyond other side of Mecklenburg County'
Mark B. Midland, NC

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