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Topic: [unclassified] Roasting too fast? (67 lines)
1) From: Rick Copple
I'll give a slightly different angle to this thread. BTW, welcome to the 
list!
I started out with a Pumper air popper. Had it sitting in my garage, and 
in the Christmas season of 2004, I received my first bags of greens from 
SM and based on the instructions on Tom's site, created my first roast, 
and it was highly drinkable. So drinkable, in fact, that I kept the cup 
to my lips and just kept sipping and sipping and going, "Ummmmm, 
ummmmm!" over and over. My wife thought I had lost it.
Well, my Pumper seemed to be fast by most people's standards. At the 
time, if it went past 4 minutes, it was rolling into second crack. 
Nowdays, due to getting older, it would take closer to 4:15 to 4:30 to 
get there. But, to answer one question, I didn't notice any oil on the 
beans until I reached a FC+. So, it may not be the speed at which you 
are roasting.
However, reading post about how that was way too quick, I tried some of 
the time lengthening tricks mentioned. I took the top off and replaced 
it with a can open at both ends to create a chimney. That required 
taking it outside as the chaff would now shoot high up and float all 
over the place instead of shooting into a big bowl. I leaned it to one 
side to let more of the air slip by so it wouldn't get trapped under the 
beans as easily and build up heat. I added an extension cord. My time 
when from 4 minutes for a roast to around 6 to 7.
Did the taste change? Yes, but for me, at least, not for the better. At 
first I thought it did taste richer, but later what I felt I was getting 
was flat and baked coffee. And no matter what bean I used, it all tasted 
the same. When I went back to using it as I had been, and getting 4 
minute roast, the flavors all came back vibrant and wonderful.
Now, I can't explain it. By all rights, based on everyone else's 
experience and knowledge, it should have gotten better. But for me, for 
this popper, four minutes makes a great cup of Java, and a very, very 
highly drinkable cup of liquid. The only time I've had it roast bad 
coffee for me is when I lengthened the time. And I can say that having 
my primary roasting method for much of my roasting life in a stove top 
wok, and now a Behmor.
I just used the Pumper last week, cause I had let my stash of roasted 
coffee run out (bad me) and woke up one morning realizing I didn't have 
any coffee! Ack! So I grabbed my Pumper and in five minutes had a 
roasted bean I could put in the vac pot. And it was still very good. 
Roasted some of my Indian Mysore Nuggets Bold. The Behmor roast are 
probably a little better (and it is always that little bit that makes it 
more special) but the coffee I get from the popper compares well with 
what comes out of the Behmor.
I think my house's voltage must be on the high side, cause my popper 
roasts fast and my Behmor works as designed where others seem to have to 
do special tricks. But it might be a good experiment for you if 
possible, to ramp up the power and roast the beans even faster, and see 
what happens. Who knows, you might find out that it will produce a more 
flavorful bean for you as well. If not, then at least you'll know. :)
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