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Topic: Popcorn Pumper Vs. HWG (4 msgs / 81 lines)
1) From: Gerald Faber
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I've been lurking on this list since July, I've been totally sucked into =
coffee roasting,  I'm really disgusted
That I have put up with lousy coffee for the last 20 years,  Now when I =
go out for dinner I don't even
bother to finish with a cup when I can race home an have a great =
espresso or cappa. Life is good!
Ok onto business,   I roast in a HWG,  working on it's second board,  in =
fear of it going down again
I got a WBII which I use occasionally (no Mods)  but  I also have a =
vintage Wearever pumper, the good  one, 
with the  butter dish on the side,  this is my favorite,  I  changed it =
so the fan always runs and the heat is controlled by 
the switch, nice for cooling,  also I shorted the thermostat. and added =
a soupcan chimney,  I really like the pumper
for most of my roasting. I roast most of my beans to a full rolling 2nd =
crack,  when roasting the same types of beans
in my HWG,  I get a nice light oil sheen,  but on my pumper I just  =
can't seem to get the same oil sheen
I'm roasting 1/2 cup in the HWG  for 8 min.   and I do 2/3 cup in my =
pumper at  9 min . Just wondering why
I can't get the oil out of the beans in the pumper 
Cheers
Gerry          in PA
(working the wife over for a Silvia!)

2) From: Chris Beck
Hi, Gerald.  Depending on your Pumper (0.68 amp motor or 0.8 amp motor), 
you can roast almost a full cup.  That will cause the popper to run 
hotter.  I have one 0.68 amp version and quite a few of the 0.8 amp 
units.  To get the 'bigger' ones to roast hot enough, I need the almost 
full cup. If I roast less, it takes forever.
Chris
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3) From: David Westebbe
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4) From: Andrew Thomas
Welcome, Gerald,  By your description, it seems to me that you are getting a better roast from your popper than from you HWG. All else being equal, it is better to have the oil inside the beans rather than outside. The flavor is in the oils and is therefor more likely to be left behind on the side of a container or in your grinder if it is outside. As always, however, the real test is in the taste. Which one tastes better to you in the cup?     Andy 
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