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Topic: poppery from ebay (4 msgs / 64 lines)
1) From: Arabela
finally broke down and ordered one (the original)  because i was having no 
luck in the thrift stores around here where i had found one poppery II but no 
originals just got it today and i don't think it has ever been used. has 
original box, warranty, instructions. i was pretty amazed. (it even works 
too!) it's as shiny and clean as if it were brand new. don't know really if 
that is bad or good, as sitting around for so many years may or may not be 
very good for it. 
so now i have it, but on another note i've been using my stovetop 
hand-cranked popper off and on lately and really am liking the coffee from 
it. it's more work than the air popper but after many trials and errors i 
think i've hit on the right temps and timings and the coffee has been 
excellent. my biggest difficulty with it is i want to dump out the coffee 
before it's done because i keep thinking it's going to burn. after using the 
air poppers my mindset was fast fast fast, and the stovetop popper isn't that 
quick. well i've learned to force myself to wait after underroasting many 
batches. blech.
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2) From: EuropaChris
Congrats on your Poppery purchase.  It's a fine piece of engineering, and likely will make many batches of coffee.  I've got one that must have popped 100 pounds of popcorn (my in-laws LOVE popcorn - how they ate that much hot air corn is beyond me - blech).  The motor is worn, the fan was falling off the shaft (fixed that), I just cleaned it, oiled it, and it roasts like a champ.  Smooooth and quiet.  I still don't understand why the Hearthware stuff has to sound like a mulching mower...???
Anyway, I've been having little luck getting REALLY good espresso roast from any of my hot air poppers.  So, the other day Gonzo gave me some of the Northern Italian Blend he roasted at the shop on the Diedrich.  He really took care in a slow ramp up on the roast.  The blend itself is very similar to Tom's Monkey.  Man, that was one of the best espressos I've ever had.  I roasted some of the same batch of beans at home, and cannot duplicate the 'bouquet' of flavors and the total lack of harshness and bite. My hot air roasted blends have a roughness that the drum roasted blends don't seem to have.
The moral??  If you are into espresso, that stovetop popper may be the ticket.  I may actually have to break down and buy an Alp one of these days (or whatever comes out in the next year that supersedes it) and use the Alp specifically for espresso.  The hot air roasters work much better for vac pot coffee or moka pot.  Not to mention I have enough hot air roasters to last me probably into the next ice age....:-)
Enjoy!
chris
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3) From: Steven Tock
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I have had little luck as well, until yesterday when I roasted 
some Ethiopian Ghimbi. I did not let it rest long, maybe an hour 
or two, and ground some for espresso. Best espresso I have had 
at home.
Steve
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4) From: Leonard Bergonia
The Nicaraguans can be taken to Full City, maybe Vienna in a popper.
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any of my hot air poppers.<
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