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Topic: Question about stovetop popper roasting (5 msgs / 90 lines)
1) From: Kitty
I plan to start roasting with a whirlypop, and I had a question on batch
sizes.  I know you can roast 1/2 pound or even a full pound in the stovetop
popper.   What about smaller batches?  Can you do small batches in the
whirlypop without burning the beans?  What's the smallest recommended batch
size?
I'd like to start with smaller batches, at least until I know what I'm
doing.   I don't want to destroy my 2 lbs of beans in 4 tries!
Thanks!
-K

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Smallest batch size possible? One bean! I believe Les actually did a one
bean RK Drum roast. Maybe not too practical. Smallest batch I've actually
roasted "just for fun" was 25gr, enough for one double shot-) Also didn't do
that stovetop but Caffe' Rosto. IMO irrelevant, I know I could have done it
with a wok, frying pan, whatever. As Martin says "Heat + Beans, the rest is
commentary".
 
Smaller batches you'll just need to apply heat more judiciously. 
 
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Kitty
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2007 2:54 PM
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Subject: +Question about stovetop popper roasting
I plan to start roasting with a whirlypop, and I had a question on batch
sizes.  I know you can roast 1/2 pound or even a full pound in the stovetop
popper.   What about smaller batches?  Can you do small batches in the
whirlypop without burning the beans?  What's the smallest recommended batch
size?  
 
I'd like to start with smaller batches, at least until I know what I'm
doing.   I don't want to destroy my 2 lbs of beans in 4 tries!
Thanks!
 
-K

3) From: Dan Kellgren
I roast 4 oz. regularly with no problem.  I've done as small as 3.  It does
change the profile a bit, based on the volume.  But it's not a problem.
On 5/7/07, Kitty  wrote:
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4) From: Elliott Perkins
I started with stovetop roasts of 1/4#.  That way, I could have two 
shots at each of the eight bags in the 1/2# sampler kit.  You should try 
the sampler kit.  It's great fun.
Elliott
Kitty wrote:
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5) From: Brian Kamnetz
I agree, the samplers are a very good way to go when you are exploring the
coffees that Tom makes available. I would encourage you to consider the
double sampler (1 pound each of 8 different coffees). A pound of each
coffee, rather than half a pound, will give you a bit more practice with
each one.
Brian
On 5/8/07, Elliott Perkins  wrote:
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