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Carlp
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Posted Sun May 19, 2013, 1:54pm
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Hi Everyone!

I'm a complete newbie to roasting so thought a question on here would be a good place to start. I'm from the UK and it seems there is no such thing as a roasting machine for home use here? I've seen one in the US on eBay but don't want to import.

Could anyone advise on how to home roast and what equipment I may require.

Thanks in advance
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Posted Sun May 19, 2013, 4:09pm
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There are lots of easy ways to roast. A search for roasting with popcorn poppers, HG/DB (heat gun dog bowl), oven roasting, and a favorite of mine which is pan roasting with a whisk or spoon.

There are plenty of home roaster available for your countries voltage.
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 5:34am
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I would start with 'The Book' - "Home Coffee Roasting", by Kenneth Davids...

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 6:19am
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germantownrob Said:

There are lots of easy ways to roast. A search for roasting with popcorn poppers, HG/DB (heat gun dog bowl), oven roasting, and a favorite of mine which is pan roasting with a whisk or spoon.

There are plenty of home roaster available for your countries voltage.

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+1  I started out pan roasting.  A great pan roaster is the Whirley Pop.  Can roast up to 1 lb or as little as 1/4 lb.  This method of roasting is old school which also intregued me.  I have since upgraded to other equipment but I got outstanding roasts in the past pan roasting.  

Sweetmaria's  has all the info you will need on how to get started.

Whirley POP


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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 11:59am
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Air poppers in the UK are pretty powerful thanks to the higher voltage, and can do a pretty good job with just a tin can added for a chimney.  I bought a display model air popper (missing the butter dish and cover) from Comet in Oxford for 2 GBP in about 2006, which did for me until I left the UK in 2011 (now with my brother).  

Are there any high street electrical retailers left now in the UK where you can see the popper before you buy?  It's best if you can look inside the roast chamber.

Hasbean was my preferred source for green beans.
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 12:31pm
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Thanks so much for the replies everyone.

As for the air popper method...

Can one just put beans in and use as if you're "popping" corn?
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 1:27pm
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Carlp Said:

Can one just put beans in and use as if you're "popping" corn?

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See Sweet Maria's page on this: http://www.sweetmarias.com/airpop/airpopmethod.php

 
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 8:25am
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Carlp Said:

Thanks so much for the replies everyone.

As for the air popper method...

Can one just put beans in and use as if you're "popping" corn?

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You can, but it depends on the popper. Popcorn only needs to hit about 360F to "pop" whereas coffee you're wanting to hit around 400-415F to get it to 1C. My popper had "saftey measures" to prevent it from getting too hot, which also prevented me from getting a decent roast.

If you're slightly handy or don't have any issue cracking open the popper, there are a couple of really easy modifications that can be done to allow the popper to hit sufficient temperature. There are usually at least one (sometimes two) methods for controlling tempurature on a popper: A thermal switch and a Thermal fuse. The switch is usually nothing more than a bi-metallic strip that opens the circut running the heating coils when it gets a certain tempurature. The thermal fuse is there to kill the heating if it gets over a certain tempurature.

Remove both if you have them.

You can go through a number of other modifications to tweak how the popper performs but making sure it can get to the appropriate tempurature is a must.
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