HomeRoast Digest


Topic: Advise on buying a home roaster (43 lines)
1) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
Ray,
good luck with your new hobby. You will have a lot of fun and drink much
better coffee, but be prepared that it will grow on you and your family ...
take more time and more money as time goes by. But it is worth it.
As Jim wrote "...there are several choices out there, I believe none of them
really fit the "neat and clean" over function style of most American
suburban homes." I think that roasting in a kitchen with strong exhaust fan
is quite possible -- similar to indoor grilling or cooking on a wok in the
kitchen.
However, I prefer to roast on our back porch. I would recommend the Caffe
Rosto for starting the hobby. We have one, and were using it before we
switched to the HotTop drum roaster.
As John wrote, " ...the Caffe Rosto is superior for doing dark roasts - and
since you are an Espresso Only couple - it makes sense to go with the Caffe
Rosto." I agree, although I do not like too dark roast for espresso and
espresso based drinks. Caffe Rosto is a good choice even for the Northern
Italian type of roasts.
Look at the Roasting Degree Picture on the following page:http://www2.lucidcafe.com/lucidcafe/cafeforum/factors.htmlIt shows coffee beans typical of roasts found in Naples, Florence and
Milano. The two roasts shown on the right are too light for espresso.
Remember, as the roast goes darker, the bitterness increases and acidity
decreases.
Look at the middle roast in the picture; that is the best darkness in
opinion of many people (including myself.)
Cheers,
Lubos in the Texas Hill Country part of Austin, slowly working through the
"To Do" lists.
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