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Posted Sat Nov 14, 2009, 10:52pm
Subject: Re: Roasting coffee with a popcorn popper
 

I was reading in "Home Coffee Roasting" by Kenneth Davids that if I want to do dark roasts, I'd be better served by getting a dedicated roaster, as the popcorn poppers are only really for lighter roasts..

Is that so, would you say?
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Posted Sat Nov 14, 2009, 11:37pm
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dougz Said:

I was reading in "Home Coffee Roasting" by Kenneth Davids that if I want to do dark roasts, I'd be better served by getting a dedicated roaster, as the popcorn poppers are only really for lighter roasts..

Is that so, would you say?

Posted November 14, 2009 link

I think he is referring to unmodified poppers. Once the popper is modified and you have control over the set point ramping profile, you can go to dark roasts with controlled heat.

 
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Posted Sat Nov 14, 2009, 11:38pm
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Once the popper is modified and you have control over the set point ramping profile, you can go to dark roasts with controlled heat.

What modifications are those?  Adding the candy thermometer?
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Posted Sun Nov 15, 2009, 12:12am
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dougz Said:

What modifications are those?  Adding the candy thermometer?

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And more...
Click Here (www.homeroasters.org)
http://coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/197114
http://coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/356310
and if you want to get really crazy:
http://coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/424091

 
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Posted Sun Nov 15, 2009, 10:37am
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Thanks for the links!

I'll see if they're worth the bother, or whether I should just pony up for an I-Roast 2..  LOL
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Posted Mon Nov 16, 2009, 12:24pm
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my little Chefmate air popper (Target Stores, $14) can easily do French roast (without any modifications).
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Posted Mon Nov 16, 2009, 3:40pm
Subject: Re: Roasting coffee with a popcorn popper
 

I have the same Chefmate air popper and all of my first roasts were darker roasts.  I've since played with various times and have been able to do various degrees of roasts.  I use 1/2 cup of green beans (I think it's about 115 grams).  I've actually had more luck with the little chefmate than I have with the Zach & Dani's roaster I picked up from the Salvation army but I think it's probably more about practice then roaster capabilities between the two devices.

You've got to admit.  $14.00 is a lot easier on the bank account then $100+ until you know you're going to like roasting your own.
I'm having fun but think I'll end up saving up for a Behmor 1600.

Good luck & if you're using a popcorn popper make sure to do your first roasts outside! :)
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Posted Mon Nov 16, 2009, 10:18pm
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Good luck & if you're using a popcorn popper make sure to do your first roasts outside! :)

No luck, there..  

I'm in the Frozen North, I'm afraid..  :(
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Posted Wed Dec 16, 2009, 10:25pm
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Bradburn Said:

Good luck & if you're using a popcorn popper make sure to do your first roasts outside! :)

Posted November 16, 2009 link

Yea, the smoke from these things can be strong enough to choke a monkey.  Seriously though, if you can't do this outside, and want to try to roast inside, at least remove the battery from your smoke detector.

 
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Posted Wed Dec 16, 2009, 10:44pm
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Yea, the smoke from these things can be strong enough to choke a monkey.

Is that just for espresso roasts or even medium ones?
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