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Topic: FIrst IN HOUSE ROAST was the LAST! (6 msgs / 171 lines)
1) From: Myron Joshua
After my stolen Hearthware was returned and after my wife heard that the
"odor" (scent!!!) from the roasting i did at my neighbor's was negligable
she agreed i could try roasting at home.
I decided to do some Costa Rica Tarrazu (at my neighbor's I roasted
Columbia, Kenya and Ethiopia). I took it into second crack-maybe i was
getting a bit dark -or maybe it was the fact that it was CR-but my wife
started complaining about the smell of "burning chocolate".
This from behind the closed bedroom door. I was roasting next to an open
window (no fan).
So that roast was actually TWO: It was both my first AND my last "in house"
My neighbor came by and also noted the smell (he liked it).
Did i choose the wrong bean for my first in house roast??
At any rate, now I am enjoying a blend of CR and Kenya at work-and it has a
deep bittersweet chocolaty taste that is hanging in my throat.
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2) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Myron Joshua" 
Roasting coffee does indeed emit  particular odors. While different beans
will smell slightly different roasting, most smell similar. (few notable
exceptions like Vietnamese Disgusta:-) If you don't have adequate 'active'
ventilation/exhaust, like commercial strength stove exhaust, the smell will
be there whether smoke alarm goes off or not. (I moved my roasting to the
garage over a year ago for this reason...)
MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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3) From: KEENEY, ROB
I roast in the kitchen to cover up the cigar smoke smell. ;-)
Rob Keeney

4) From: Ed Needham
Roasting does have a lingering, not so great smell to it.  You really need
more than an open window.  Some sort of active ventilation is really
necessary for in-home roasting, unless you have a fireplace with a good draw.
Pretty much any bean is going to have a similar smell.  The coffee smoke is
clingy too.  I'm roasting larger batches in my detached garage now, and after
a week, I can still smell the residue of coffee smoke that has attached
itself to my garage surfaces.  Kitchens are probably just as susceptible, but
with small 3 oz. roast batches, the clingy smell is not as noticeable.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed

5) From: Myron Joshua
This morning i roasted outside the entrance to our small house on the
Kibbutz. We have an electric outlet near an outdoor closet. I just opened
the closet-popped int the roaster and ground my morning coffee while it was
roasting. Temperature was 15 degrees Celsius (59 F) but this did not seem to
bother much.
After cleaning up and rushing out the door to work-my nose breathed in the
most wonderful crisp air saturated scent of the recent roast. What a way to
start the day.

6) From: Michael Horowitz
Beats the hell out of cordite I"ll bet - Mike
Myron Joshua wrote:
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