well i've almost completed my first month of home roasting and am loving it.
mostly i've been using my poppery II (still scouring the thrift shops for a
poppery) without problems, and i've tried about nine or ten coffees already
(all ordered from tom except for the kona). what i think is i prefer the
coffees with more body and less acidity...although i'm not even sure if i'm
identifying the notes/tastes correctly. there's a certain higher tone that i
don't find i like as much, but i'm not sure exactly what it is. i usually
roast just to second crack and not really into it so i don't know if that has
anything to do with it. my favorite coffees so far have been the african
coffees. i love the yemen raimi and the moka kadir blend, and have some harar
horse here waiting to be tried.
also, just to experiment, i tried roasting four small batches in the stovetop
whirley-pop-type popper and each of them came out tasting the same without
any of the characteristics of that specific coffee, and they all had that
high tone thing going on. so i'm clueless on what i did wrong there, because
they smelled and looked great. actually the only one that tasted even near
what it was supposed to was the uganda, and it seemed to really bring out
that "leathery" taste tom describes, whereas using my poppery II didn't bring
that out at all, and in fact i never even noticed it. so i guess i'll stick
with the hot air popper for now unless anyone has any ideas. one of the
reasons i wanted to try it was because i read that the stovetop popper brings
out more body. but unfortunately my stovetop popping experiments have not
also the costa rica la minita. i have not had success with this. it roasts up
okay and doesn't taste "bad" per se, just not great. not what the books say
anyway. i just find it kind of blah. i've tried roasting just through first
crack and just after, and just to 2nd crack, and also tried letting it rest
three days (someone mentioned that)....doesn't seem to make any difference.
it isn't terrible or anything (i am not tempted to spit it out and go BLECH)
but it definitely isn't spectacular to me. anyone else have this problem or
find the solution?
thanks for any advice/comments. :o)
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