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Homeroasters.org » THE ART OF ROASTING COFFEE » Roasting Coffee
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First Roasts..
8675309
So I just started roasting - I'm very green ( pun intended ) but have had some decent results. I'd like to advise of some of my observations and pick up some pointers from folks who are more skilled.

My grill, using Lump Coal can get up to and maintain 500 degrees pretty steady. Is this too hot to start? ( or finish? ) I cook in a stainless pot with a nice thick bottom for even distribution of heat... stirring often. Should I be cooking at 400-450?

A hear a lot of folks stopping after the first crack, however I find that to be a really light color, so I get into the second crack and even then I go into the second crack a good minute...

If the bean is black and has a bit of shine on it several people have advised it has cooked up too much, yet the stuff I buy at the store has this shine...

The stuff I've cooked so far is pretty darn good.

What say ye?
 
renatoa
Some of us have started roasting because we no more want oil on beans... not everything sold in a story means quality or well done stuff. Fast food, for example Grin
The real taste of coffee is in the light, post cinnamon phase, not in the charcoal...
 
ChicagoJohn
8675309 wrote:

If the bean is black and has a bit of shine on it several people have advised it has cooked up too much, yet the stuff I buy at the store has this shine...

The stuff I've cooked so far is pretty darn good.

What say ye?


My experience, thus far is what Renatoa said. However, how you are brewing is also a huge factor, and the most important variable of all is what you enjoy. For me, I found what I enjoy has changed a lot over time and you may too, or perhaps not. But in any case, I'd say you're in good shape starting out with a result you think is pretty darn good!
So many beans; so little time....
 
8675309
Me thinks a starting temp of 500 is too hot -
I'm thinking to slide the tray in at around 390 and let it move into first crack
around 425 and then just prior to second or into second I'll be hitting 500.
 
mkane
Try 325
Always learning
 
8675309
mkane wrote:

Try 325


I bake cookies at 325... wouldn't such low heat just 'bake' them ?
 
renatoa
Indeed, the lowest preheat I heard was 365F(180C)...
 
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