literato> After having used the Hearthware Precision for at least a
literato> couple of months now, I'm coming to the conclusion that it
literato> is very difficult for me to achieve the type of roast I
literato> really like. My problem is that it seems that the roast
literato> goes from tasting green/underdeveloped to a very flat almost
literato> charred flavor. Its like I can't land on anything in
literato> between. Generally, when I purchase coffee I like a
literato> relatively dark roast...certainly one that brings a fair
literato> amount of oil to the surface. However, if I roast to that
literato> degree with the Precision it tastes way too charred. Even
literato> lighter roasts taste flat. I gradually bring the roast down
literato> to something that looks way too light for my taste and it
literato> seems to just go from flat to green tasting...never hitting
literato> the "sweet" spot. Any suggestions?
This sounds like the problem I have with my popcorn popper in hot
weather. The difficulty is that the roast goes too fast. How long
does it take you to get just to the "charred" phase? If it's under
five or six minutes, you could be roasting too fast.
For a popper, there are a few techniques to prolong the roast:
extension cord, roast outside or at night or in front of the air
conditioner, let it cool down completely between roasts, use fewer
beans, stop-stir-start every 30 seconds, etc.
But I don't know if any of those will work with the Hearthware.
Chapel Hill, NC ... popper ... solis ... press pot