I've been "lurking" here for a couple of weeks, and I've seen several
threads about judging the roast by the sounds. I've only been home
roasting for about a month. I've roasted about 15 pounds or so, including
about four pounds of Swiss Water Processed decafs and two pounds of
"natural" decafs. Fresh roasted coffee is a major hit at my office.
I started out with the Alpenrost set at 8 (that's the way it powers on!)
and roasted a number of types of coffee I got in the SweetMaria's 8 pack
sampler (none of which were decafs), and adjusted up or down a setting or
two. I was pretty satisfied, but then I roasted a SWP at 8 and ended up
with charcoal. So I joined this list and have been trying to apply the
techniques I learned here.
I'm finally getting somewhat competent at roasting the decafs, but I've had
a lot more trouble hearing the SWP cracks than with the others. I normally
don't hear but one crack. My roast times for SWP are about 45 seconds to a
minute shorter than natural decafs and about 2 minutes less the
non-decafs. I've burned about a pound of SWPs and none of the others.
I've seen a few discussions on roasting decaf, but I'm interested in
hearing more. I'm very satisfied with the taste. My wife and I gave up
caffeine several years ago. When we first got the latest espresso machine,
we drank a lot of caffeine and had to back off again. So I'm trying to
make the best out of it.
As a side note on my equipment, I used an espresso machine I purchased at
Starbucks for several years until I wore it out and recently purchased the
Magic Deluxe super automatic. We almost bought another automatic, but
since we needed a better grinder as well, decided to go for the all in
one. I never made espresso as good as this one makes every time.
Oh, one additional question -- where can I find a chart with the Alpenrost
Saeco Magic Deluxe