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