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Topic: A Luddophyte and his coffee... (34 lines)
1) From: Robert Flanery
I tried roasting some beans a little differently over the weekend and think
I might have run across a simple yet strikingly effective method for any of
you out there using a Wear Ever popcorn popper.
I was reading someone's site (I am sure someone can remind me where I was)
about tilting the popper and slowing the roast down a bit.  So I played
around with several batches on Saturday and found one that was simply
marvelous.  I pre heated the roaster for about 45 seconds, and then added in
1/3 cup of beans while the roaster was sitting flat.  I left it flat for 40
seconds, and then tilted it about 20 degrees.  I left it there until I
entered the first crack, and then tilted it further to about 45 degrees.  It
seemed to start to stall out just a bit at the very end, but I got a very
nice C+ roast, and the flavor is nothing like I have ever tasted in my
life.  The Coffee is the Kenyan Hiriga.  The roast had rested for 2 days
prior to brewing today.  You can bet I will be ordering more soon to salt
back for the holiday season.  The lemon resoundingly rattles around in my
head for the remainder of the day.
I am going to retry this technique tomorrow morning and make sure that the
results are repeatable.  I did not time the roast other than to rely on my
eyes and ears.  The final product was something special.  I am sure you huys
with the big fancy roasters hit this quality of roast all the time, but
being able to do it with a popcorn popper that has been sitting around for
years dormant, and a daughter that is ever helpful, has made for a wonderful
experience all around.
Rob
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