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Topic: Sudden roasting problem (6 msgs / 144 lines)
1) From: John Carlson
All,
I've been roasting a few years and have always had very positive results. I'd actually started thinking it was really pretty difficult to screw up as no matter what I did, the end result was typically quite good.
My last purchase was the expresso double sampler and my first couple roasts were just awesome. However my last 15 or so roasts have been extremely bright and almost sour. Not really so good at all.
I roast just into the second crack and use a tecnivorm or aeropress to brew. I don't do expresso, just thought the expresso sampler would provide bolder flavor.
I realize I'm not providing much for technical details, but my point is that things have been really good until recently, and now seem to be consistently not good. It appears my bean choice may have brought an end to a good thing. Possible?
Thanks,
John
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2) From: Doug Hoople
Hi John,
Only one way to find out. Do you still have some of your old stash around.
Roast up a batch from that. If it's like it always was, then it's the new
beans. If it's suddenly brighter, then you need to look around for a change
that's crept into your roasting technique.
Let us know when you know.
Doug
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3) From: Allon Stern
On Aug 4, 2009, at 3:22 PM, John Carlson wrote:
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Maybe it's just that you're spelling it wrong. Try roasting eSpresso,  
and see how the flavor improves :)
s.c.f.t.h.i.
Anyway, you're still using an iRoast? What roast times are you  
achieving? Are you sure you're roasting just into 2nd crack, and not  
just into 1st? Is it just sour, or grassy? If so, you could be  
underroasting.
There are two coils in the iRoast, and it is possible that one of  
them may have opened. I have one defective unit that has this problem  
(donated for experimentation, which alas, I have not completed). If  
this is the problem, and you're comfortable working with electrical  
stuff, in particular high temperature electrical stuff, you can try  
crimping a new lug on the nichrome wire (solder will just melt away).
If you're sure it's the beans, don't toss them - give them a few days  
of rest and try again; Try 'em again every few days. Maybe they just  
need a little breather.
And what's this "bold" flavor you speak of?
-
allon
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4) From: John Carlson
Ahh, excellent catch on the spelling error. I've forgotten how harsh The List can be :)
Similar results with my IR2, FR, and West Bend Poppery so I'm thinking an equipment malfunction doesn't appear to be the answer.
The bolder flavor I  was seeking is simply more intense desirable qualities than what I've encountered to present. I believe the espresso sampler is a relatively new offering. Maybe one I should have avoided for my preference. If it's not broke you know...
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5) From: John Carlson
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6) From: Joseph Robertson
John,
So funny, yes, I always use spell check no matter who's list I'm posting to.
If I get it wrong I can blame someone else's dictionary.
JoeR
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