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Radixb
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Joined: 14 Jan 2013
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Location: Lafayette, IN
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 6:04pm
Subject: New to roasting and the forum and UFO info.
 

Hi!  This is my first post on coffeegeek, so "Hi" to everyone!

My wife and I love coffee, (our first Aeropress is 5 years old) and were buying our roasted coffee from a roaster in Fort Wayne Old Crown-- since we lived a few blocks from them for a couple years.  Recently however, we moved to Lafayette, and it has been harder to find fresh-roasted beans that aren't on the expensive side.  I casually mentioned to my wife that I'd be interested in trying to roast my own, and was surprised to receive a FR SR300 and 6# of green beans for Christmas.

I've already roasted about half the beans and am already putting together a GG/UFO roaster to increase my batch size.  In looking for the Salton UFO, I discovered the Hamilton Beach Popper looked identical to the UFO, but is generally priced $10 lower.  Searching the forums and internet didn't provide any answers as to whether they are the same unit, but I picked one up locally for $24.95, and can confirm that the Hamilton Beach unit IS a re-badged UFO.  I rewired mine so that the stir motor is direct-wired to the plug, and the heater element is on the switch.  This way, if I want to preheat with the element, or even make a batch of popcorn, I still have full functionality.

Reuben

 
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Location: Brentwood, TN
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Espresso: Bezzera Strega
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Roaster: Behmor 1600+, CO/UFO combo
Posted Tue Jan 15, 2013, 5:50pm
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Reuben, welcome to CG!
Both your Fresh Roast, and GG/CO (my combo for years) will do excellent jobs. What's cool, is the same bean roasted in each device will have a slight;y (or in some cases)m significant taste difference. Your hot air (also called "fluid bed) roaster will in many cases produce a more "high toned" flavor profile. The GG'CO more roast taste, along with a bit more of the lower toned elements.
If you already haven't, experiment with this.
A Guatemalan, or Ethiopian will really give you some differentials.

 
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