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Topic: Alpenrost and SWP decafs (3 msgs / 74 lines)
1) From: Richard Seay
 
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 
times?
Richard Seay
Alpenrost
Saeco Magic Deluxe

2) From: Michael Rochman
Richard, don't know about a formal chart, but these numbers were 
given to me by the importer for the Alp:
Setting 1		16:35
Setting 2		16:50
Setting 3		17:05
Setting 4		17:20
Setting 5		17:35
etc., etc. (add 15 secs for each next higher number)
Please keep in mind that your machine may vary from those 
numbers. They represent what your machine ~should~ do. It took 
me three machines and an adjustment by Anthony (the inventer) to 
get to these times.
Mike
On 20 Sep 2000, at 22:41, Richard Seay wrote:
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3) From: Richard Seay
 
Thanks.
At 10:06 AM 9-21-00 -0500, you wrote:
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Richard Seay
Alpenrost
Saeco Magic Deluxe


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