Ok folks, looks like this is the year that my little coffee-for-friends
operation starts to get serious (and maybe pays for my green bean?).
I've been roasting some decaf for a couple friends, who are now TOTALLY
ADDICTED (to the flavor) and get really nervous when they start to run low
.... since it's been hard for me to keep them regularly supplied, just using
my little Fresh Roast original (takes time, I'm busy, yadda yadda). I just
wasn't setup for roasting more than just for me. And they've been telling
their friends, etc. etc.
So Coffee Upgrade #1 -- was to get an accurate scale, to process the right
amounts of coffee (breaking down 5 lb. bags, getting consistent roasts).
Coffee Upgrade #2 -- Then a week ago, my grinder died; lil' ol' La Pavoni
that's done the job for several years now, but grinding a pound at a time
just melted it (or something like that ... can't unscrew the top burr by
hand). I checked around, even talked to Chris at Chris' Coffee Service
(thanks for all the help, Chris ... I'll get that drip grinder the next go
around), but I ended up buying a grinder on eBay -- La Pavoni "Jolly",
retail $250 or so, "brand new" (store closeout) for $160 or so. It's a
gamble, doesn't seem to be a Rocky-killer but we'll see if it'll do the job.
Doserless, seems right for my situation. Needed something with more
longevity than the Solis Maestro (or at least, that's the scuttlebutt).
Coffee Upgrade #3 -- Then this morning, I've got "Sweet Maria's Garage Sale
2003" in my inbox ... oh dear, and that extra $100 from my Christmas bonus
was going for a new PC hard drive ... time to delete files, I guess, because
I bought a used Cafe' Rosto! Hopefully, I can use it to double my current
batch size, and reduce the amount of time I spend roasting.
That's where I need help, Mike McGinness (and anyone else doing Rosto
profiles, etc.) -- I've got a Variac for the Fresh Roast already, and would
consider a second one to split out heater/fan controls. Care to share some
technical info, so I can do that too? I wouldn't do it myself, I'd get help
(my step-dad is an electrician), but he would need the details. Plus, any
advice for thermal measuring would be nice (realizing, I'm on a tight
The goal is to share the Home Roast joy with my friends, while not going
broke in the process ... they get good coffee that's nearly as cheap as what
they can get at the store, and I don't go crazy trying to coax a few more
pounds out of over-loaded or under-sized equipment.
Of course, the Sid and Jerry's is on the dream list now ... hmm, that's how
many side jobs? ... ;)
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