Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 5:04pm 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.
Posted Tue Jan 15, 2013, 4:50pm Subject: Re: New to roasting and the forum and UFO info.
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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