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Topic: HotTop roasting party in Austin (4 msgs / 91 lines)
1) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
We plan to throw a "HotTop Coffee Bean Roasting Party" in our home -- SW
part of Austin, Texas, close to Bee Caves and Dripping Springs. If you are
interested, write to PAL-"at-sign"-IEEE-"dot"-org and we will get back to
you with details and listen to your suggestions.
We certainly hope that Tom and Maria will offer the HotTop bean roaster
soon.
I do not want to bore non-interested readers with details, but here are the
key points. One of the 25 "trial" Hot Top roasters, seehttp://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.hottop.html for details, is scheduled to arrive to our home via UPS soon: this Monday,
July 29, 2002. We plan a small coffee roasting party sometime in the first
half of August. The idea is similar to the Christmas cookie baking and
sharing parties -- everybody (a person or couple) brings green coffee beans
for 1/2 pound of roasted coffee -- we have fun roasting and talking and
sharing experiences ....  and everyone takes home small sample of each of
the roasted beans.
Cheers, Lubos for both of us.
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2) From: Dan Bollinger
I have a coffee buddy in Austin!  I've been down Bee Caves Road many times.
Coming back into town you go by the flamingos then into a mall with a good
coffee shop!  Mind if I invite him to your roasting?  Dan
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3) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
We still plan to do the HotTop roasting party in Austin. Before we do it, I
would like to master "batch-after-batch" roasting in the HotTop. We would
not mind to have a "whole day" roasting party, but I think that would not be
fair to the "guests."
Right now, it takes me about 30 minutes from starting the roaster to storing
the roasted and cooled beans. However, the roaster needs about another 30
minutes or more before it is cold enough to start another batch.  I know
that some people learned how to do several HT batches one after the other
.... I need more practice. If you want just to "see the HT in action", drop
us a line and come to look.
The more I use the HT roaster, the more I like it.  Coffee roasted in the HT
has better, "fuller" taste.
Cheers, Lubos.
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4) From:
Lubos,
Wow!  It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to do 2 batches?  30 min to roast/cool
the 1st, 30 minutes to cool machine and 30 minutes to roast/cool the 2nd?
That's amazing- I really hope they fix that!!  That's quite a design flaw
(well at least I consider it one, they may have a good reason for it).  If
you were going to do 3 lbs of coffee you'd be looking at 5 1/2 hours of
roasting- even though you're roasting a 1/2 lb at a time.
I guess as you stated someone has found a loophole around that- so at least
it's possible to do consecutive roasts.  Which is encouraging.  Other than
that it sounds like a great roaster, thanks for keeping us informed!
Scott in OK


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