HomeRoast Digest


Topic: intro and greetings, new to list (6 msgs / 225 lines)
1) From: RK
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

2) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Claus_Th=F8gersen?=
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

3) From: Shoshana Hathaway
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/

4) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Claus_Th=F8gersen?=
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

5) From: Shoshana Hathaway
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/

6) From: Robert D. Crawford
"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.


HomeRoast Digest