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1) From: Stephen Carey
Hi all.  Okay, this is addicting, I can't keep up with how much I am 
roasting, for I am trying to work in a number of post-roasts I picked 
up while at our home in Costa Rica, near Manuel Antonio.  I am 
becoming addicted to having such control over my coffee.  So, I have 
done my fourth roast in 6 days and now have a question.
I just finished roasting Nicaragua Placeras Estates Meil, 190 
grams.  I think I hit it on the head.  I did my bean crunch as was 
"wowed" by the flavors that hit my tongue.  I altered a recipe I 
found on another site to better fit my IR2 - they seem so different 
from machine to machine, if that is possible.
Anyway, I am hoping someone can tell me the rest time they prefer for 
this coffee.  That I haven't found.  I assume between 24 hours and 3 
days, but am not sure.
While it is resting I still have some Sumatra Classic to finish up, 
plus many pounds of various Costa Rican post-roasted coffees, which 
are fast becoming gifts to others, though, trust me, they are very 
good.  I can't wait until I get to work with some Costa Rican beans 
(the order with those beans in it arrives tomorrow!)
Thanks for any help you can give.

2) From: Les
Stephen,
Every bean is different on the rest.  In general, air roasted beans don't
rest as well as drum roasted.  I don't know the reason.  Second, if it isn't
good the day after you roast, it won't get good in 3-4 days.  Often times
depth and character improve with rest.  However you lose some of the more
volatile flavors with too much rest.  About the only way I know to test for
the sweet spot is to test a batch over a few days.  Personally, I have found
the changes to always be a delight.  When I air roasted, I found that 7-8
days was max on a bean.  With drum roasting I have gone 15 days and the
coffee was still excellent.  Most coffees taste best to me after 3 days rest
and the sweet spot in general is 3-8 days.  I hope this helps.
Les
Drinking a 8 hour rested Puro Scuro Blend as I type and enjoying every sip!
On 7/25/07, Stephen Carey  wrote:
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3) From: Stephen Carey
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Les,
Thank you.  Curiosity got the best of me and I am drinking what I 
roasted about 16 hours ago, it is excellent.  I actually made an 
excellent roast!  The others have been surprisingly good, but I have 
done as people said, just do it and I did.
This one I took a suggested time/temp idea, then I added a long 
extension cord to bring down the voltage a bit, and got the best so 
far, but by best I mean what I actually expected the bean to taste 
like.  It is truly rich with flavors.  When I did my normal bean 
crunch right after the roast I could tell it would turn out fine, it 
filled my mouth with flavors.
This morning I am enjoying those flavors, some strong, some subtle, 
some in between.
Thank you for the comments, I had some idea that I needed to wait a 
three days or so for it to hit its best period, though I always brew 
a roast the next morning.  I took something I read and misread it or 
misinterpreted it.  Thank you for helping me out.
All the best,
Stephen
At 09:53 AM 7/26/2007, you wrote:
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Les,
Thank you.  Curiosity got the best of me and I am drinking what I
roasted about 16 hours ago, it is excellent.  I actually made an
excellent roast!  The others have been surprisingly good, but I have
done as people said, just do it and I did.
This one I took a suggested time/temp idea, then I added a long extension
cord to bring down the voltage a bit, and got the best so far, but by
best I mean what I actually expected the bean to taste like.  It is
truly rich with flavors.  When I did my normal bean crunch right
after the roast I could tell it would turn out fine, it filled my mouth
with flavors.
This morning I am enjoying those flavors, some strong, some subtle, some
in between.
Thank you for the comments, I had some idea that I needed to wait a three
days or so for it to hit its best period, though I always brew a roast
the next morning.  I took something I read and misread it or
misinterpreted it.  Thank you for helping me out.
All the best,
Stephen
At 09:53 AM 7/26/2007, you wrote:
Stephen,
Every bean is different on the rest.  In general, air roasted beans
don't rest as well as drum roasted.  I don't know the reason. 
Second, if it isn't good the day after you roast, it won't get good in
3-4 days.  Often times depth and character improve with rest. 
However you lose some of the more volatile flavors with too much
rest.  About the only way I know to test for the sweet spot is to
test a batch over a few days.  Personally, I have found the changes
to always be a delight.  When I air roasted, I found that 7-8 days
was max on a bean.  With drum roasting I have gone 15 days and the
coffee was still excellent.  Most coffees taste best to me after 3
days rest and the sweet spot in general is 3-8 days.  I hope this
helps. 
 
Les
Drinking a 8 hour rested Puro Scuro Blend as I type and enjoying every
sip!
 
On 7/25/07, Stephen Carey
<steve
> wrote: 
Hi all.  Okay, this is addicting, I can't keep up with how much
I am
roasting, for I am trying to work in a number of post-roasts I picked
up while at our home in Costa Rica, near Manuel Antonio.  I
am
becoming addicted to having such control over my coffee.  So, I
have
done my fourth roast in 6 days and now have a question.
I just finished roasting Nicaragua Placeras Estates Meil, 190 
grams.  I think I hit it on the head.  I did my bean crunch
as was
"wowed" by the flavors that hit my tongue.  I altered
a recipe I
found on another site to better fit my IR2 - they seem so
different
from machine to machine, if that is possible.
Anyway, I am hoping someone can tell me the rest time they prefer
for
this coffee.  That I haven't found.  I assume between 24
hours and 3
days, but am not sure. 
While it is resting I still have some Sumatra Classic to finish
up,
plus many pounds of various Costa Rican post-roasted coffees,
which
are fast becoming gifts to others, though, trust me, they are
very
good.  I can't wait until I get to work with some Costa Rican
beans 
(the order with those beans in it arrives tomorrow!)
Thanks for any help you can give.
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