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Topic: popcorn popper (5 msgs / 190 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
Frank,
I found the same thing, that I am occasionally learning a new flavor in
coffee. And it is usually a surprise when it happens, because I've noticed
the flavor a bit in the past but haven't appreciated it. Also, I followed
the common trend of starting liking quite a dark roast and finding my
preference slowly shifting to lighter roasts, where the flavors live.
Brian
On 5/12/07, Frank Awbrey  wrote:
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2) From: robert pulido
which new poppers will work for roasting coffee

3) From: Brian Kamnetz
Robert,
Check out the Sweet Maria's page on roasting with popcorn poppers:http://www.sweetmarias.com/airpopmethod.htmlThe short version is that nearly all poppers will work. Walgreens has a
model that cost about $10 that many people are quite happy with. Many people
suggest using poppers that introduce hot air into the roasting/popping
chamber through slots on the side of the chamber.
If the roast seems to be going along swimmingly until the beans turn brown,
then progress seems to stop, you might have to remove the bimetallic
thermo-protector, which looks like a metal fish scale. You can google for
instructions.
Many people think the BEST poppers are the original West Bend Poppery, the
one that weighs about 5 pounds, and the original Popcorn Pumper, a sort of
odd-looking round popper. Both, if I am not mistaken, were 1500 watts. You
can find a lot about either of these, and hot air coffee roasting in
general, with Google searches.
Brian
On 6/12/07, robert pulido  wrote:
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4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
you know, regarding my comments on those pages ....people have been 
very successful figuring out mods to the "taboo" models, ie those 
that blow air straight up from the bottom rather than swirling the 
coffee like the Poppery models. But I still say that you can scorch 
the heck out of coffee with non-swirl types, and if have never 
roasted before and have no frame of reference, you are not going to 
know if you are scorching it. I have seen a model sold at places like 
CVS and Walgreens that appears to be the "correct" configuration ... 
flat bottom with vents that swirl the coffee in the chamber ... but 
the brand changes . its a private label deal. it would be nice to 
complie a list of the "correct" vs. the "taboo" model.
okay, i have exhausted my quotq of " " marks used for today.
tom
Robert,
Check out the Sweet Maria's page on roasting with popcorn poppers:http://www.sweetmarias.com/airpopmethod.htmlThe short version is that nearly all poppers will work. Walgreens has 
a model that cost about $10 that many people are quite happy with. 
Many people suggest using poppers that introduce hot air into the 
roasting/popping chamber through slots on the side of the chamber.
If the roast seems to be going along swimmingly until the beans turn 
brown, then progress seems to stop, you might have to remove the 
bimetallic thermo-protector, which looks like a metal fish scale. You 
can google for instructions.
Many people think the BEST poppers are the original West Bend 
Poppery, the one that weighs about 5 pounds, and the original Popcorn 
Pumper, a sort of odd-looking round popper. Both, if I am not 
mistaken, were 1500 watts. You can find a lot about either of these, 
and hot air coffee roasting in general, with Google searches.
Brian
On 6/12/07, robert pulido 
<eltacono1> wrote:
which new poppers will work for roasting coffee
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                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

5) From: Beth Henkels
I just bought one of those poppers from Walgreens two days ago when the
popper I was using just stopped getting hot enough mid-roast (that one I
bought about 6 months ago at Target for approx. $20.  The Walgreens one was
$9.99).  I have only roasted a couple of batches, but it seems to do ok.
However, the modified poppery 1 I "won" on Ebay arrived today, so I have a
new toy :)
Wish me luck. I have saved most of the emails you guys have sent on the
poppery I, so I will be using those as my starting references.
Beth


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