This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Welcome to the list, you will find it unique, and informative. There are = 2 blind people on the list that I can think of, I do not know if they = roast coffee but do now that at least one has an espresso machine. I'm sure they will chime in and let you know. I hope you will continue to use the list for coffee ideas and to let us = know how you progress on the idea of home roasting. Cheers RK
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Hi Shoshana, I am one of these blind roasters, actually all the local meaning Danish = people I know who roast are blind people I have talked into roasting. I started out with the old Hearthware Precision roaster, a simple = roaster with 3 buttons on it one that acted like a timer and a start = and a cool button. After I think 3 years with that roaster I moved up to the Hottop drum = roaster, a really nice roaster simple to use and in many ways very = simple to operate, as soon as you get to know the buttons on the display = of the roaster. In the beginning I was not like others in the US tempted to start out = with a pop corn roaster, simpley because we here in Denmark do not have = used pop corn machines as easily available as they seem to be in the US. = But even if I could have started out with the pop corn machines I am not = sure I would have done it without help from a sighted roaster. The same goes for the RK drum, nice idea and cheap! especially if you = have the outdoor space for it, but there are more hands on things to = consider especially with maybe a kilo of beans in each roast. With the more expensive coffee roasters we will get into troubles the = more custome programmable features that are beeing builtin the machines, = and this is what has happened with the new Hearthware IRoast2 and some = of the Hottop models. But as soon as you get used to a roaster you jjust have to know the = sound of first crack and second crack, determine the roast level you = want, always keep a copy of Toms reviews for each bean on the computer, = actually part of the review is on the printed label on each bag with = green beans, so sighted get this information, and then start to roast. = Now comes the hard part wich is to find out how to read the reviews, and = witch style of roasting and wich beans you prefer. Claus
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Well, since I use JAWS ...I can find the reviews (I haven't looked, but = I'm sure they are on the SM site ...and since I live in a very tiny = apartment, I can quite easily slip back and forth, or just read and note = down pertinent information. I am beginning to suspect that space is = going to be my primary problem ...but again ...I'll find something that = will work! As to which beans to begin with ...ah, now *that* might be an almost = insurmountable problem ...again, can't manage a large stash of anything = (except yarn, sigh), however ...I'm certainly up for the challenge! I = know what I do and don't like ...so I'll just putter around until I get = it. Shoshana My blog: http://damascenasmeander.blogspot.com/
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Yes all reviews for all coffees also coffees long gone are on the sm = site. And we meaning jaws users are more lucky since each review of a = coffee is placed in an html table so it is simple to find each review = for the different coffees, as soon as you get used to the way the = reviews are structured, each country has its own page with the coffees = from the country that is currently in stock. Since coffees come and are sold out all the time it can be easier to = copy the reviews to a local file on the computer as soon as you order, = because you neverknow the coffee and the review can be moved to the old = pages a few days after. Roasting especially with the small air rroasters does not need to take = up much space, and because you live in the US you can order small = quantities of beans from SM! If I were to start with a roaster today I would seriously consider the = Fresh roast plus 8, a simple small roaster, the worst thing about it = seems to be the small amount it can roast 64 gramsor 2.25 ounces. read more about it here:http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.freshroast.shtmlAnd I forgot that when you buy roasters from SM you can order the = roaster with a sampler pack of coffee even cheaper than the usual = samplers, wich will solve the what should I start to roast question. One more page that is rvery interesting is this one describing what = happens during the roasting proces. The page is very good even without = all the pictures of the coffee beans.http://www.sweetmarias.com/roasted.pict-guide.htmlIn short beeing blind should really not stop you from getting into = homeroasting if it does you will miss out on a lot of fantastic coffee = you really cannot get any other way than roasting it yourself! Claus
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Oh, not to worry! Lack of funds might slow me down; lack of space might = challenge me seriously ...but lack of sight? Um, no. I've been told = it's possible, so that I will is pretty much a given in my mind. Even = if I'd been told it isn't possible ...I'd have probably read a lot, = decided it was, and tried anyway, LOL! I've found that there isn't much = I can't do, once I find a few adaptations. Now ...driving a car is = ...probably one of those few things, but if they ever really invent Kit, = well .... Shoshana My blog: http://damascenasmeander.blogspot.com/
"Shoshana Hathaway" writes: <Snip> Someone already mentioned the samplers so I wont speak on that. I must tell you one thing. Though you _think_ you know what you like, and you very well might, do not limit yourself to what preconceived notions you have about what you like. When I started roasting I _thought_ I liked French and Italian roasts. That is not the case now and there are stories telling the same thing in the archives. My favorite coffee is currently Yirgacheffe roasted to a light city. I would have never tried this before. I _never_ take a roast past full city plus and do this rather rarely. Just my advice... worth every bit what you paid for it. rdc -- Robert D. Crawford robdcraw Your present plans will be successful.