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Topic: Starter coffee for a complete newb (was: Gesha Fest (3 msgs / 72 lines)
1) From: Kurt Kroon
On 2008/08/01 6:58 AM, "homeroast-request"
 wrote:
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Wow! that's incredibly generous of you ... and since I'm a complete
greenhorn, I'd probably ruin it on in the roaster I just got ... my first
ever! (A very-well-cared for, unmodified Poppery (I, the original) that I
won on Ebay.)
So instead, I'm thiking about ordering a sampler and a pound or two of
Esteli - Nueva Esperanza. (The description sounded right up my alley. By the
way, Tom -- the translation on your Nicaragua page is not correct: "Nueva
Esperanza" is "New Hope", not "Our Hope". "Our Hope" would be "Nuestra
Esperanza".)
Anyway, I've read everything I can find about roasting with the air poppers,
but I'd appreciate any insights that any Poppery I/II owners can offer. I'll
probably be back for some last-minute, pre-roast suggestions as soon as I
find out what's in the sampler.
Kurtis
Sacramento, CA.
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2) From: Seth Grandeau
Kurt,
Air bed roasters tend to be good for bright coffees.  You might want to try
an ethiopian (they've all been very good, in my opinion).  Definitely get a
sampler and have some fun!
On 8/4/08, Kurt Kroon  wrote:
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
In addition to what Seth has mentioned, some people who roast with
unmodified air poppers have concluded that they get the best results
blasting straight through to the first snaps of second crack, then
stopping. I personally would suggest starting this way, then fiddling
around to see if you can get results with any particular variety that
you prefer.
In case you have not yet had experience with air popper roasting, if
the roast goes faster than you want, and especially if there is no
pause or very little pause between first and second crack, try smaller
batches. If you want to speed up the roast, use larger batches.
Also, some poppers (I don't know about Original Poppery) have bimetal
thermo protectors that cause the popper to stop heating periodically,
often right about the start of first crack. If that happens, the
bimetal piece must be removed.
Good luck!
Brian
On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 2:43 PM, Seth Grandeau  wrote:
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