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Topic: Ultra Chef (38 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria
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Hi David and list,
David brought me an amazing device today, the Faberware UltraChef. it was
supposedly the "crockpot of the future" when it was realeased (1980's ? )
It was expensive though and I doubt many are out there. Anyway, one look at
it and any home roaster would say, "holy smokes, that is the best looking
coffee roaster I have ever seen". Its a glass drum that rotates at an angle
in fron tof an electric burner, with a built in probing thermometer that
realays drum temp back to the controller to maintain heat. I took some
pictures and will try to post them asap. Anyone else have pictures? Anyone
ever seen one on EBAY? Because I am telling you, with a few mods. this is
an incredible 1/2 to 1 lb coffee roaster!
Out of the box results are a bit disappointing but theres so much potential
with this device that no respectable tinkerer would give up so easy.
Actually had the chance to do 2 roasts today. 1 lb was awful an baked for
30 mintues. .75 lb was about 24 minutes. A bit uneven. The longer roast is
classic baked coffee with a very bitter and obvious fault, the abundunce of
Trigollene in the coffee, which normally would dissipate or break down at
higher temps. Its a great machine, its just that it needs to hold more heat
in, and it needs to agitate better. There may be something elese at play: a
sort of vacuum environment created that stalls the cracks or keeps
degassing from happening. Both times I removed the roast drum and opened it
I swear I heard the crack errupt. Was I fooling myself or did the change in
pressure actually allow the coffee to liberate the co2 gas? I will pay
close attention next time.
I am going to cc: this to the homeroast list, hence the description at the
beginning.
Tom
                  "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
           Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                     http://www.sweetmarias.com


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