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1) From: Seth Grandeau
Due to work, family commitments, etc, I have not roasted the past two
weekends.  Last week, I ran out of homeroast and opened a package of good
quality (but roasted months ago) coffee.  Well, this morning that had run
out and I was down to a package of (and I'm not making this up) 10% Kona
Blend, Kona Coconut Rum Latte pre-ground coffee.  "A taste of the
tropics...this one can't be beat," claimed the bag.  The bag lied.  This was
a gift from some sweet friends in the islands, who knew I was "into coffee,"
but did not know what that meant. :)  If you've ever been in the islands,
these coffee gift packs are available in every convenience store.  It's time
to roast!
I figure I'll do three roasts today, to restock and get things moving.  If
I'm really ambitious, maybe a 4th to gift.  I think I'll definitely roast
the following:
   - 2007 IMV - I saw that the 2008 version has hit the list and I thought
   I'd remind myself why I loved this coffee so much.
   - Guat. Oriente Dry-Process - I just read the review someone else posted
   an figured I should break into my "try-me" order to see if I want to get
   more before it runs out.
I'm looking for a recommendation on a third roast to go with these two.
Here are some of my options:
   - Ethiopia Dale Yirga Alem - Also a small try-me order that I may want to
   grab more of.  This may, however, be too much fruit for one week's roasting.
   - Guatemala Finca San Jose Ocana - This is my "go to" coffee when I want
   something that just tastes like good, good coffee. :)
   - Bali Kintamani Arabica - I have enough for one more roast and I could
   use something that would be good for espresso
   - Sumatra Aged Grade One Lintong
   - Brazil FTO Poco Fundo Coop
I'm going to start roasting the first two.  I'll look to see what other
people recommend for the third.  Personally, I'm leaning toward the San Jose
Ocana, but I'm curious to see what others think.  I'll be back in an hour to
see what's been suggested.
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2) From: Eddie Dove
Bali - should balance out the fruit of the others.
Eddie
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3) From: artsaltz
Hi,
I'm going to start roasting and am shopping for a roaster that will handle a
half pound or over and have the potential to turn out a good dark roast. The
"Hot Top Electric Drum Roaster" is the leading candidate at the moment.
I would appreciate your observations and comments.
Thanks, Art

4) From: Seth Grandeau
OK, Eddie, I went with the Bali.  Nailed a nice FC+.  I'll let you know how
it comes out.  This may become my coffee for the AP at work.
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5) From: Eddie Dove
Finished some up just this past week roasted to FC+ and it went to
work with me every day.  Very nice!  The darker flavor was a nice
balance between the Ethiopia Dale and the Guatemala Ocaņa.
Let us know how it turns out.
Eddie
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6) From: Seth Grandeau
Art,
I roast with the Behmor and I've had good results taking coffees into second
crack for FC+ and Vienna roasts.  I don't know if I would want to go past
that (particularly given the picture of Tom's roaster fire).  It can
certainly handle 1/2 lb and up (up to a full lb) roasts, though you'll
probably have trouble getting a full pound to Vienna.  To be clear, though,
the manual recommends not going past the early stages of second crack.
Good luck with your choice.
-Seth
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