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Topic: Question, Fondue? (14 msgs / 348 lines)
1) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Has anyone else used a fondue pot to roast coffee?
I have an old (early 1970's model) WESTBEND fondue pot that I decided to try
out as a roaster.
I was becoming a bit overcome with the lack of caffeine 'cause I am a kluts
and dropped my IR2 last week. Roast Chamber shattered and my ROSTO no longer
gets hot enough to roast.
Soooo...I put about 8 'scoops' of Colombian coffee beans (50 grams roughly)
into this 2 Qt. pot and cranked it up. After several minutes I actually
started getting the grassy aroma and then the colors began changing. I heard
first crack beginning after about 10 or 12 minutes (didn't time the
experiment) and began seeing a bit more smoke. I stopped after I thought
first crack had completed and tossed the beans into a sieve, taking them
outside to cool. After the beans were fairly well cooled I then stuck about
half into a whirly-gig grinder (my burr grinder was at work...long story)
and prepared the beans for brewing. The cup was actually better tasting than
the last several roasts out of my IR2.
I next got over exuberant and put 3 cups of green Costa Rica into the pot
and started all over again. After a couple of minutes I calmed down a bit
and retrieved a cup of the greens from the pot, leaving 2 cups to roast. I
kinda sorta timed this experiment and heard a solitary 1st crack at about 12
minutes into the roast. With the continuous stirring of the batch with a
large wooden paddle type thingy (kitchen tool) I couldn't really get a heat
reading from my Multimeter. I started getting more 1st crack noises after a
couple more minutes and stopped roasting after having ran about 20 to 22
minutes total.
All that occurred yesterday. Today I brought the coffee to work and using my
Antigua burr grinder, got a pot of coffee going for the guys. 3 of 4 said it
was great, one saying, well gesturing..."Eeehhhhh", "iffy", "it'll pass." I
tasted it and it was just a bit under roasted to my taste, but I am not
really thrilled with really bright coffee. My tastes tend to run to the
mellower stuff.
I'm betting that a heat gun could be recommended here but I don't have one.
And I don't know if it will get to a darker roast without assistance in a
reasonable time period. But I was desperate for coffee and had to try
something. I didn't check, but I'm betting this older rig is a 1500 watt
unit, something that the ACLU, SPCA, or NASDAQ would ban from the home
today.
So, anybody else use something along this line?
Oh, one reason for the desperation, I ordered a new chamber for the IR2 from
HEATHWARE and am still waiting for delivery. Ordered on 7-11-07. note that
today's date is 12 days from order and 11 days from receipt of
acknowledgement from HEATHWARE, so it ain't no "Hold for Harvey" look alike.
Just had to vent on the slow delivery...
TerryT
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Peppers AND Coffee.
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2) From: John Moody
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It itís PTFE coated i.e., non-stick, I would suggest not using it for
roasting, and definitely not inside with pet birds.  Roasting temperatures
get close to the point of release of toxic particles and gases.
John

3) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Well, since I'm not using the heat gun, and it doesn't seem to be getting
much past 1st crack, I would assume that it's not going to get to the heat
level to do the dirty deed, unless it's empty. Of course this unit was
probably made before the public and the manufacturers found out everything
but rocks and twigs are bad for us, the environment and certain species of
darter snails.
But Thanks for the heads up John, sorta cast the deciding vote on using a
heat gun with it.
Hey Wally-World, it's Johns fault you didn't make a heat-gun sale today...
Ahhhh, Just jerkin your chain...THanks again John.
TerryT
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4) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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any way to remove the coating and make it a roaster?
Dennis
 
V/R, 
FC1(SW/AW) Dennis W. True 
"Life Liberty and the pursuit of all who threaten it..."

5) From: Rich
There are several different versions of teflon.  I would cal up west Bend and ask them which one they 
used.  Then Dupont can give you all of the technical details.
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Dennis 
V/R,  
FC1(SW/AW) Dennis W. True  
"Life Liberty and the pursuit of all who threaten it..."

6) From: John Moody
Not practically. Anything that can take it off is as bad or worse than the
original problem.
It's tough to beat an RK drum outdoors for a reasonably healthy way to
roast. No chemicals or significant electrical hazards.
John

7) From: Rich
But John, life is very boring without chemicals or significant electrical hazards.
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8) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
I was thinking a wire brush on a drill (using the proper PPE outside of
course) might do the trick.
Dennis
V/R,
FC1(SW/AW) Dennis W. True
"Life Liberty and the pursuit of all who threaten it..."
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9) From: JD Foster
Sandblaster?
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10) From: John Moody
It's not as easy as you might think.  I'm somewhat impatient; others may not
find it so bad.
A cast iron skillet or dutch oven is much less work. . . . .
John

11) From: Brian Kamnetz
Also, one problem with most electric heat sources (e.g. electric skillet,
elec stove top) is that they cycle on and off, which can be very annoying
when you are trying to control the roast according to a given profile.
Brian
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12) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
At least I am not having to use it permenantly. UPDATE...after a mere 12
days Fed-ex has delivered my new roast chamber for my IR2. Crossing my
fingers that the short drop didn't do any electronis damage, I plan to have
a fresh batch of beans roasted within the next 2 hours.
I have been recalling the Fed_ex commercials where they go all over the
world, I just didn't think it meant for every item. Or was that the Brown?
Anyway, the thought about contacting WESTBEND sounded like a good idea,
unless they have the same type folks working for them that we have here.
Could take months to track down the info.
Thanks for all the input...
TerryT
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Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
[|:{O....[|:{U...
(I'm the tall guy in the middle)

13) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Additional UPDATE...I just checked my SPAM trap here at work. This morning
at 9:49 HEATHWARE fired off a message stating that they have uploaded
shipping data for my order...They advised that I should wait 2 to 3 days for
the FEX-EX system to have the tracking info available....I just GOT to tell
them ...I have it already...This confirms that they have the same folks
working for THEM....as we have. How sad...
TerryT
On 7/23/07, TERRY TITSWORTH  wrote:
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Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
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(I'm the tall guy in the middle)

14) From: raymanowen
Good thing you didn't have the SPEBSQSA show up on your front porch,
harmonizing the roasting smoke in serenade!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Harmonized coffee roasts- Burma Shave


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