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Topic: 'Frowns' microwave "roasted" coffee (4 msgs / 83 lines)
1) From: Mike McGinness
Argh! Mine arrived today. 'Roasted' the Kona Blend for 1:15 (suggested time
for medium roast in 900-1100w 1:00, ours is 1100w) Cut open the bag, smelled
simply terrible. To be fair, I ground and pulled an Americano. Tasted as bad
as it smelled. Opened the 'unroasted' 2nd bag of Kona Blend. Gee, they
looked identical to the microwave 'roasted' and smelled just as bad too.
Basic smell of very stale beans plus something else I'm not sure what. Ok,
maybe it's the Kona Blend that was so bad. Nuked the Sumatra for 1:25.
Opened it and the un-nuked 2nd bag of Sumatra, again looked virtually
identical. If any thing the nuked smelled worse. The nuking intensified the
foul stench. Ground enough for a double shot for Americano, inhaled the
aroma of the grind, and dumped it down the drain. I just couldn't brew
another of this crud. Flushed my grinder with some fresh roast (not Smiles,
mine), then ground and brewed a Wood's Kona Americano.
Lisa's right, the LaPavoni whirley chop will make a nice intro to ground
coffee gift. Not too bad for $9.95.
Reality is this Smiles coffee supposed microwave roasting isn't roasting the
coffee at all. It's already pre-roasted. They're just heating it for
unsuspecting people to smell the illusion of fresh roast. Terrible stuff.
MM;-)
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Miss Silvia brewin'
Limping along with Solis Maestro grindin'
Christmas is coming!!!
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2) From: Ken Mary
Mike,
Was the smell plasticky or more typical of bad coffee? I would be afraid of
plastic fumes from the microwave absorber getting into the beans. I recently
quit eating microwave popcorn because suddenly it began to taste very bad,
as if some new materials are being used in the packaging.
I fail to see how only one minute in a microwave can roast coffee, unless as
you think, it is already partly roasted. In my 700w microwave, popcorn does
not start to pop until at least 2 minutes have passed.
If you have any packages left, try elevating them to the center of the oven.
Continue heating until you can hear the cracks or until you can tell it has
gone too far.
Slightly OT, I am now using my old Sears popper (a clone of the Hamilton
Beach Popaire) for popcorn. The low airflow dries and partly toasts the
puffed kernels before blowing them out. It tastes great all by itself, no
butter, salt etc.
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3) From:
On Thu, 31 Oct 2002 10:45:24 -0500
 "Ken Mary"  wrote:
 
<Snip>
Plasticy more than stale coffee, although the latter was
there, too.
Be well,
Lissa
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4) From: Les & Becky
I want to thank all of you for abusing your taste buds so I don't have to
test the microwave method!  I was my good fortune that my wife gave a way
the micowave popcorn popper we had, because I was going to try to go from
green to roasted with it!
Les
Roasting in S. Oregon
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