I just roasted a batch of this in my i-Roast (1), outside on my deck.
Two strange things happened:
First, early in the roast (350 F on the candy thermometer) it was
smoking vigorously. But the smoke smelled about how I would expect,
not like something other than the coffee beans. I haven't seen this
before with other coffees. What's going on? My guesses: 1) All coffees
do this but I hadn't noticed before, due to angle of the sun or
something. 2) It's humid and this made the smoke/steam more visible.
3) A piece of leaf or something got sucked in and burned, but I
couldn't smell it for some reason.
Second, the temperature rose slowly to 435F, and then sat there for a
minute. The fan speed then dropped again (I'd set the third stage at
475F), and I covered one side of the top with a spoon to restrict
outflow and get the temperature up. Temperature finally got to 450F at
the end of the fifteen-minute roast. I suppose the low temperature
isn't so strange, given the lack of chaff. I just don't remember it
last time I had monsooned coffee. It roasted pretty dark, which is
also different from the last monsooned coffee I tried.
Comments? Does this Java roast differently than the Monsooned Malabar?