Did my first couple of Behmor roasts, using Sumatra Classic Mandheling
(of which I have nearly 5# and is more tolerant of a darker roast in
case of miscalculation). First problem was the drum stopped rotating
during the cool cycle of the first empty burn-off roast--no harm, no
foul. Amazing how cool everything is at the end of the "cool" cycle!
Second problem was I couldn't find my scale. Uh-oh. I realized that
1-1/2 1/2 c. i-R scoops (one load) produce barely more than 1/4 lb.
roasted, but the Behmor measures its roasts in green weight. So I
loaded about 2/3 c. Sumatra, hit "1/4 lb," P1, and let 'er rip. Seemed
a little slow, so I added about 30 sec. Reached first crack fairly
late, and not as many snaps as with my other roasters, so added
another 30 sec. Suddenly, second crack came all at once--hit "cool"
about 10 sec. in, and ended up with a Vienna-to-French that begs for
chickory, caramelized milk and a platter of beignets (but is pretty
good black, too, in my experience). So loaded up 2 scoops, hit "1/2
lb," and P2. Added 15 sec. Again, first crack came fairly late and
sparsely, but second hit with a vengeance at about 50 sec. left.
Waited 5 sec. and hit "cool." A little lighter this time, what my guys
are used to when they say "Sumatra." I will now roast 1 lb. at P2, not
add any time, and hit "cool" immediately upon second crack.
Amazing how there is no need to pour the beans into a colander--they
are THAT cool when done; and the house is filled with roasting smoke
aroma but no smoke!!!!