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Topic: 20th roast and more (51 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
Well, it took a while, but after drinking more coffee - it is that 
good - and learning which coffee to "gift" and which to treasure, I 
finally made it to my 20th roast.  It took a while.  Three roasts 
last night, the IR2 isn't known for quantity per roast.  But, I like 
it, it is good for me to learn on, and no matter what, I not only 
have fun, but almost always come out with coffee which gets better 
with each roast.
Last night it was a pound, three roasts, of Columbia Huila San 
Augustin Micro Lot.  The first roast was very close, I believe, but 
my fear is that the core temperature did not get to where I needed 
it.  I took copious notes and made a few changes and tried again, 
going for a city + roast.  I think I got it right on, the crunch test 
was amazing.  I just kept eating the beans.  Then I wanted to go to 
FC, as the writings on the bean say at which it is also tasty.  I was 
roasting a half ounce less than the other roasts, so I had to take 
that into account.
In the IR2 and maybe all roasters, adding or decreasing the amount of 
the roast by even half an ounce can make a big difference and is one 
way to work with a roast.  In this case, well, it felt spot on.  I 
won't know until I drink it.  I am giving one of the roasts away to 
someone who will be very honest with me and who knows more of coffee 
than I (which isn't hard).
But for me, I was just having so much fun.  I love planning the 
roast, smelling it, watching it and so on.  And to finally hit the 
number 20, as low as that is, was a nice feeling.  I hit roasts 19, 
20 and 21.  I did some new things that I have heard here, such as 
rotating the machine lightly to even out the air flow to the 
beans.  I was already adjusting the height on one side due the uneven 
surface I found our stove had, so this was natural.  I don't know 
that it did much, but will soon enough.  Normally, I dip into the 
roast a bit early, but this one I am letting rest as I finish off 
some other coffees, trying not to let any go stale.  I drink a pot a 
day, then many times make a smaller one in the afternoon.  It tastes that good.
That's it.  Just wanted to share some of the excitement that you all 
are partially responsible for and certainly S and M's are due their 
share of thanks.
All the best,
Stephen


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