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Topic: a winner: my first gift roast (2 msgs / 63 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
Hey, all.  I just finished my first gift roast for a birthday 
present, which I will give to my closest friend tomorrow.  I am 
giving about 11 oz. of Panama Boquete - Lerida Estate Peaberry.  I 
roasted this once before and came within a hair of what I thought 
would be perfect.  It was City Roast +, but it needed another minute, 
but spread around, not in one cycle.
I used common sense and left the temperatures alone since the first 
roast looked so good and had the right color.  I felt the inner bean 
needed more time to get to temperature.  If that makes sense.  I am 
using a new IR2, which runs way hot according to the thermometer I 
bought.  Well, not way hot, but I now know where things really are at 
all times, or I am at least getting closer.
I took it and ran it in 3 cycles, not counting cool down.  In cycle 
one I went 340F for 2:30, which was an additional :30 seconds.  I 
then took cycle 2 to 390F, the same as before and went to 3:10, an 
additional :10 seconds.  My final cycle was at 450F for 2:15, an 
additional 15 seconds.
In the end that was an additional :55 seconds spread out where I felt 
they should go - I no this is not the correct way to dial in, but I 
want to use this bean as the gift, I waited until tonight to do it, 
so I had to go with my gut.  My cool down was 4:00 in the machine, 
then 4:00 in a colander with a wooden spoon, then 10 minutes for the 
gasses to finish doing their thing and then into a bag with a valve.
At the end of each of the two roasts (it took two to get the quantity 
I wanted) I did my bean crunch test and it was, well, it tasted 
expensive and like at my favorite roaster's in Costa Rica.  I know 
some of that is ego, I am not that good, but he would be proud of this bean.
I am stealing some of the beans in the morning for a cup or two, just 
to know what I am giving away.  It is still early to tell how good it 
will be, but in the crunch I could taste the vanilla and the malt, 
and it does have a crisp undertone to it - if all of that makes sense.
Thank you all for your help, I am one excited guy - maybe I have a 
boring life or something, but this makes me feel really cool  (I hear 
you yell out LOOOSER as you read this, I may be if I am this excited 
about coffee).
Later,
Stephen

2) From: Les
No way!  I think spreading the love is awesome!
Les
On 8/3/07, Stephen Carey  wrote:
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