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Topic: New to the List... Greetings... (5 msgs / 248 lines)
1) From: Mark McBrearty
Hello Folks,
I'm new to the list. Just uncovered my Melitta Aroma Roast that hadn't seen
the light of day for at least 15 years a couple of weeks ago, and after
brewing my first batch last week I remembered how much I enjoy doing this. I
also realized how much I've forgotten over the years, so I'm looking forward
to learning from the folks on this list, and I'm really glad to have found
Sweet Maria's. What a wealth of information!
Years ago when I did this I was self taught and only knew one other person
who was home roasting, so I never heard the term 'city roast' or learned
what a 'first crack' or 'second crack' was. I simply learned how long to
roast certain beans to get a flavor I enjoyed, but it was a ton of trial and
error. So I've got a steep learning curve.
My first question is just to ask if anyone remembers the old Aroma Roast
(basically a hot air popcorn popper) and to see if there are any suggestions
around its use. I assume that the same info I read about popcorn poppers
would apply, but I'm trying to avoid as much trial and error as possible
this time around. 
Thanks in advance for any advice, and I look forward to learning from you
all!
Mark McBrearty
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2) From: Bob Brashear
Mark,
Welcome to the list.
First, do not over fill. The blower will not move the beans if you are 
over the fill tab. In fact, it may not move the beans if you are just 
UNDER the fill tab. Experiment.
The thing is noisy as all hell. Listen carefully for first crack. I 
never could hear a second crack with the beast.
Shake the roaster every so often to keep the beans moving. They tend to 
stick to the side of the chamber.
I used two of these things for about 20 years, then discovered our 
gracious hosts and decent roasting machines. Worlds of difference. I 
predict a lightening of your wallet in the near future :) .
Can't think of anything else. Again, welcome to the list and good luck.
Bob Brashear
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3) From: Mark McBrearty
Thanks Bob! One of the of the first things I noticed as I started exploring
coffee roasting again is the variety of machines for home roasting. Decades
ago when I did this the first time (gosh, I feel old...) I couldn't find any
other machines other than the Melitta. Maybe I just couldn't find them
because there was no internet to search, but I'm pleasantly surprised at the
options I now see available.
I think you're right about the potential for a lightening of my wallet. I'm
already looking at camera accessories on my wish list that I can live
without in order to make room for a new roaster - although I have to get a
little mileage out of the Melitta before justifying a new acquisition.
Thanks again for the tips! 
Mark McB

4) From: Andy Thomas
Greetings and welcome. I have an Aromaroast that I bought at a second-hand store a few years ago. I was in the original box with the original sample of green coffee. The coffee was horrible, of course, but I was never able to get a decent roast even with good, fresh greens. It just never got hot enough to finish the roast. I know there are modifications, but I haven't gotten around to tinkering.
----- Original Message ----
From: Mark McBrearty 
To: homeroast
Sent: Monday, July 7, 2008 11:39:47 AM
Subject: [Homeroast] New to the List... Greetings...
Hello Folks,
I'm new to the list. Just uncovered my Melitta Aroma Roast that hadn't seen
the light of day for at least 15 years a couple of weeks ago, and after
brewing my first batch last week I remembered how much I enjoy doing this. I
also realized how much I've forgotten over the years, so I'm looking forward
to learning from the folks on this list, and I'm really glad to have found
Sweet Maria's. What a wealth of information!
Years ago when I did this I was self taught and only knew one other person
who was home roasting, so I never heard the term 'city roast' or learned
what a 'first crack' or 'second crack' was. I simply learned how long to
roast certain beans to get a flavor I enjoyed, but it was a ton of trial and
error. So I've got a steep learning curve.
My first question is just to ask if anyone remembers the old Aroma Roast
(basically a hot air popcorn popper) and to see if there are any suggestions
around its use. I assume that the same info I read about popcorn poppers
would apply, but I'm trying to avoid as much trial and error as possible
this time around. 
Thanks in advance for any advice, and I look forward to learning from you
all!
Mark McBrearty
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5) From: Mark McBrearty
Hi Andy,
One problem I never had with my Aromaroast was a lack of heat. In fact, I
sometimes wish it had an adjustment that would let me turn the heat down. So
I suspect the one you picked up may have a defect if it won't finish the
roast. I'm anxious to look at some of the new roasters on the market now,
though, as soon as I learn enough to make an intelligent decision.
Mark McBrearty


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