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Topic: AromaRoast, cont'd (32 lines)
1) From: Andrew Thomas
I tried again today using Zambia AA Lupili '02 -- 22 minutes, no 1st crack, no second crack. IOW, results similar to yesterday's, except the part about lawnmower crud. The roasted coffee looks and smells like a city roast, but I haven't cupped it yet. I'm guessing it will taste baked. 
   Thanks to Ed and Ken for mod and work-around suggestions. I may get around to hacking it eventually, but I have several perfectly good poppers, so I'm not real motivated to spend a lot of time dinking around with it.
[later that very same day]
Brewed a mug of the Lupili. It's not too bad, but has a slight cereal taste. Might be good in a dark-light blend with...(?) I'll have to experiment.
Andy
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yesterday's post: 
I found a Melitta AromaRoast in a second hand shop the other day and bought it for $12. It was unused, in its original package and included the 1/4# sample of green beans. Tried it out this afternoon, using the old beans to practice on. There is a number stamped on the bottom of the machine, 1185, which may well be the date of manufacture: November 1985. If I am correct, these beans are 17+ years old, at least. 
   They didn't look too bad, greyish tan, no apparent mold, smelled like
normal green coffee. So I roasted them according to the instruction booklet, fully expecting them to taste awful, and surprise -- they tasted great! Just kidding. They really were abysmal. Tasted like the crud I scrape off from under the lawnmower. I mean they tasted the way it smells. I haven't actually eaten that stuff. 
   The instructions say to roast for 15 minutes for a "medium" roast but
I roasted them for exactly 20 minutes to what looked like a city roast, although I never heard a single 1st OR 2nd crack. I brewed up a mug using a pour-over drip cone, tasted it, spat it out, poured the remainder down the drain and committed the beans to the compost bucket, roasted and green alike.
   The upshot is that I still don't know whether this thing can roast coffee. So tomorrow I'll try again with beans that I know are excellent because I bought them from our honored hosts.
Andy
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