dorkroast Senior Member Joined: 3 Oct 2012 Posts: 78 Location: CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic Grinder: Mazzer Mini Roaster: Popcorn Pumper
Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 6:51pm Subject: Popcorn Pumper too hot?
I've been using a Popcorn Pumper to make several batches of beans. I'm having some difficulties being able to distinguish between first and second crack with the machine.
I'm finding that I can get into second crack with the popper in less than 5 minutes. I'm thinking that the heat is high enough that some beans are entering second crack while others are still in first crack. There is a ton of bean movement in the popper as I'm keeping the roast sizes fairly small.
Ideally I'd prefer to stop the roast prior to second crack but I want to ensure everything has made it at least through first crack.
I've had better luck with Columbian beans for some reason. My Ethiopian beans roasted very unevenly during my last batch using the same volume/technique that I'd had used on three previous Columbian batches.
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