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Topic: Gren coffees (8 msgs / 185 lines)
1) From: decesarecj
Good morning,
? Just purchased a Hot Top from e bay.? Need to get started with some green. Can u make some suggestions, so I make some experimental roast??? Any other suggestions regarding the Hot Top!
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2) From: Jim Gundlach
If you are just starting, I recommend the eight pound sampler pack, it  
is at the bottom of the coffee listing page.  Then after you decide  
which of them you like the most, I recommend getting about five pounds  
of it and work on improving your roasting and grinding with a coffee  
you know you like.
         pecan jim
On Aug 15, 2009, at 7:04 AM, decesarecj wrote:
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3) From: Sam49
Jim's suggestion on the sampler is a good one as the sampler will give 
you some coffees from most, if not all, of the major growing regions of 
the world, and some different styles of processing - wet v dry will 
likely be included.
For the roaster, look in the list archives where there are extensive 
comments on how to use each of the major types of roasters.  Also read 
the Sweet Maria's website discussion of various roasters and roasting 
techniques in general.
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4) From: Mark Osborne
I agree on the sampler idea, Jim gives good advice here.
Also, it helps to keep good notes, and an idea of what brew method you
plan to use. Notes are a good habit...
Mark
Nor Cal
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5) From: R Nepsund
http://www.sweetmarias.com/hottop.tipsheet.htmlDid you just start coffee roasting?
With the eight pound sampler pack,  you can learn what the different
coffee's taste like and which ones you prefer.  You might want to get
multiple pounds of one coffee so you can try roasting  it to different
levels and/or profiles.
You should have a gram weight scale to measure the beans before roasting them.
Do you have a good burr grinder?
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6) From: raymanowen
I hate to always be the bringer of happy thoughts, but if you "Just
purchased a Hot Top from e bay", the question of what beans to roast is the
very least of your worries, presently...
Remove the filters, top and bottom and see if you have any residue to clean
out of the machine.
Do you have an Operation Manual to tell how to turn your particular model On
and run it?
Get it running before you commit any beans to it. See if it runs before you
replace any missing parts like the filters.
If the manual for your specific model didn't accompany the machine, get one
so you don't risk botching the potentially good machine.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
It seems like there may be 2 questions here:
1. How can I learn to use my roaster?
2. How can I learn about the wide range of coffee varieties?
Answer #1: To learn to use your roaster, many people think that there
is an advantage to buying a lot of one variety (e.g., enough for 10
roasts), then slowing changing variables and seeing the effect.
Answer #2: I agree with the 8# sample pack.
Brian
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8) From: raymanowen
I agree with your Answer #1 [That's exactly what I did several years ago] or
Answer #2. But that's just me.
The TBI mind was learning to roast all over again, after relearning to walk
and talk. I forgot that I ever had roasted, even with triggers like a friend
opening her own jazz hangout/ coffee shop.
Way back in the fog, I knew there was something rong with a coffee shop
buying Daz Bog roasted beans. I never figured it out for years.
I knew that Eight (8) one pound samples of  different beans was no way for
me to learn how to roast. At first blush, the 1# sample varieties all turned
out better than the eBay 15# of Panama Boquete, 15# of Guatemala Antigua,
15# of Ethiopian Sidamo or 10# of Vietnam Highlands.
The 1# samples were all gone before I realized the effect roasting
variations could have. I'm sorry that I got the 1# samples of fabulous
coffees before I understood much about roasting and cooling. Cooling wasn't
too shabby with the freezer-tempered cookie sheet and a return to the
freezer for a few more minutes.
For anyone unfamiliar with roasting, I would not hesitate to suggest a 5#
lot or more, at the very least, to start out. More practice on a single lot
is a better start for learners, otherwise, how could one ever compare his
own efforts with Tom's notes?
Roasting a variety is like getting a fly to light so you can swat him.
Vacuum hose is more sanitary in the home; Rainbow/ Rex Aire was more fun to
watch the fly try to tread water.
Light roasts emphasize origin notes and darker roasts tend to highlight the
roast, the latter being an evil quality, to be shunned and excoriated. The
Hell, you say? Exclusive origin notes tend to have the same effect as a
bunch of empty pop cans and a couple of garbage can lids tossed out on a
garage floor.
Roasting to a good balance of origin and depth is better than the train
wreck or Charpesos.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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