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Topic: KONA - Mediocre Taste - how do you know if its (2 msgs / 53 lines)
1) From: Jim Sutton
First Roast efforts:  How do you know if mediocre flavor is roasting
technique or mediocre bean crop?
1.  Third batch on my First Popcorn popper roast attempt
- Lion's Gate Farms Kona green beans from their website
- first crack at 3m30s, finished at 5m10s
- first sound of second crack at 8m10s; immediately cooled beans
- probably Full City roast
- set aside 27 hours
- ground beans in new Costco Capresso burr grinder; make 4 cups to taste.
I'd describe the taste as mild and flat, unexciting, no bitterness.
Wife said she detected an after-taste.
Q1: How do I know whether this disappointing experience is due to current
crop quality or my popcorn popper roasting Inexperience?
Q2:  Advice for me as a NEWBIE roaster?
Q3.  Advice for roasting KONA coffee?
My PopperyII  mods can be viewed here: popperyii.blogspot.com
It's been suggested I try to extend the time to first crack considerably by
modulating the heater coils power.
Jim
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2) From: Allon Stern
On Jan 5, 2011, at 10:28 AM, "Jim Sutton"  wrote:
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If the beans are from Sweet Marias, I doubt it's the latter.
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Wouldn't call that a "burr" grinder. More a "false burr" - the spinning parts crush the beans between knobs, they don't cut the beans like a burr would. That said, it's adequate for drip, but not ideal.
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Sounds like Kona to me. Can't stand the stuff ;-)
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I'd be happy to loan you a variac. Or a PID :-D
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allon
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