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  1. If you are accepting my offer, to comply with forum rules on buying and selling, we must conduct all business on the thread. Its only fair to all that way. If you should do this, we can then go to PM and settle the detail.
  2. I will get you started. I offer £450 plus reasonable postage charges if we do not live within striking distance of each other. ( S.Norfolk). Furthermore, ( to show I am not a profit monger) if, in the unlikely event that I wish to pass the machine on within 3 years I will offer it on this forum first at the same price.
  3. Inspired guess... the crocs are at the old Bamburi cement works, north of the island?
  4. Referring to Hasbeans web site, are the beans you are using a natural process bean? If you have the Bella Barista notes (written by davecuk) and/or the manufacturers instruction booklet, you will find that 200gm is the recommended charge weight for naturals and pea-berry. I am sure as you gain experience you may be able to push this. The BB additional instructions are a great starting point to get you understanding the machine and roasting. There is particular reference to the volume of beans in the chamber and its effects on heat. The instructions also state that preheating is not necessary. There is loads for and against this within the forum. You will find that you do wear out the rubber buffer on the chaff clearer quicker by running on empty! Have fun and I hope that the second batch tastes as good as it looks when its had a bit more time to rest.
  5. That was the point in saying that this roaster may find a niche market with those who do not want to actually learn 'the art'. There are a couple of things to point out here. A profile created by a skilled roaster in say, an arid part of tropical Australia, may be a disaster when tried in Manchester UK on a rainy day in February ! Also the coffee that is marketed in other parts of the world is not necessarily marketed in all countries.This is is particular to 'speciality' grades. There is no point in spending money on commodity grade stuff unless you need to learn a larger volume roaster. I am often frustrated when I see the major players in the green coffee business selling what I know to be excellent coffees, but not selling them in UK. It also applies closer to home with coffee available in mainland Europe but not in UK and vice versa. Unless you want a whacking great carriage fee! So just because Bruce in Cairns, Oz, has created a cracking good profile for "a Kenyan coffee", this may not work as well on a "a Kenyan coffee" roasted elsewhere in the world. And that is where 'the art' come in. Not having 'the art' is not going to help to when a profile does not work. You just have to do it and learn! As for stock control, it is quite simple really. There are plenty of reputable sellers of speciality coffee in 1kg lots. It's just estimate what your use is, and go for it! Green coffee, on roasting is going to lose (roughly) 12 to 18% weight depending on your desired level of roast. That is going to be the same whatever roaster you use. So if costs are important do not forget to allow for this. The Gene is a little more forgiving than it is often portrayed on forums. A big plus is the glass chamber which allows you to see the whole roasting mass. If you purchase from Bella Barista, the notes supplied (and written by DavecUK of this forum) are invaluable and will get you on the right track. The makers instructions, are, shall I say, limited! I do hope you start roasting and have fun whatever way you approach it.
  6. I have to wonder how much credence should be given to this competition and its results? Notwithstanding the fun the forums competitors will have had, the competitor that came second, got his second placed roast using a microchip and software created by another person. That makes it rather like buying a Marks and Sparks 'ping meal' bunging it in an oven and then making out you are (the late) Antonio Carluccio or Delia! I am sure the above advertised roasting device will find a niche (!!!!) with those people that want to have the fun in roasting their own coffee at home with certain success, but whether they will acquire the art of roasting (or 'get it' as another forum member says) with this device is another matter. I had a very successful 2 years roasting some 70+ kgs of coffee with an un-modded Gene. Hand on heart, there was never an bad/undrinkable roast. It taught me a lot and spurred me into saving for the Dalian. I still have the Gene and use it occasionally for roasting samples.
  7. If this were a roasting coffee bean, ramp up was slow, Ist crack barely audible, poor development, visually rough and unpalatable. I can not find anything and that includes my mail box! It is difficult to use and does not inspire me to stay and browse what used to be a useful resource and entertaining place. I have tried the 'burger' and find even that has been misspelled. But guess what, under the burger, the 'donate' button works! No surprises there then! And not an fn chance . If the sites owners want me to assist in making their www fortune they will have to do better than this dogs dinner. The site will certainly not be getting the visits from me that it did under the old format.
  8. Cafe Imports published a similar resource today. https://www.cafeimports.com/north-america/blog/2019/05/17/the-cafe-imports-coffee-variety-glossary-and-gallery-free-educational-resources-available-now/
  9. This morning I found this useful online catalogue for coffee vatieties. https://varieties.worldcoffeeresearch.org/varieties
  10. A couple of pics of the current crop of SL 28 and SL34 being grown on the lush slopes of Meru on the east side of Mt Kenya. Note the uniformity of size and ripeness of the cherry as well as the 'cared for' general appearance of these healthy shrubs and the land. Expectations are high, the last (fly) crop cupped 83 to 88 and this main crop, all being well, should exceed that. I hope that these 'cherries' will find their way into 'What the Postie brought me' , Today's Roast' and 'Whats in my cup this morning' threads!
  11. Many years ago my family went on a similar jaunt to your Badger Watch. Pitch black in the middle of a very large forest. The baits were in place and silence was observed. After a couple of hours a cough was heard. The lights were slowly brought up...cameras were reached for.... and the leopard was on the bait. The cough was the leopard. No problem with bat watchers that night, nor any other I suspect!
  12. A cautionary tale and tip! When I was dismantling the machine I took a great deal of care, particularly when working with the boiler. It always had several layers of old towel to prevent knocks dents and dings etc. When not working on the machine everything was wrapped in bubble wrap etc. Last week came the big day of putting everything back together. I decided to start with the sight glass mounts as I figured this would be easier before attaching the boiler to the base. When these were removed, my spanners had no problem reaching in from the bottom of the boiler. Reassembly was different. The bottom bracket was fine, but the top one was a pig. I could not get enough of a turn to be able to remove spanner and continue. Strange as when taking it off I did not have a problem. What I had to do was use different spanners of the same size alternatively. This meant one of the spanners was to short and was fully inside the boiler and I was have to grip with just finger tips. It resulted in several slips off the nut and jerks so that the spanner collided with the inside of the boiler............. Oh dear. Brackets mounted, line up tested with the glass tube--------then I saw the dints from the inside out. (expletives deleted ) I was gutted. The boiler had been near perfect and I had really goofed. Cost of new boiler...£230 plus carriage....more expletives! Back in the day, I was a skuleboy trombonist and I can remember dents being removed from brass instruments quite often. Google was my friend and I found a local trumpet maker. A week later the boiler is back, and like new. It was not cheap, but it was a whole lot cheaper than a new boiler. AND he had to make a tool to do the job. Apparently the boiler metal is about twice as thick as a brass instrument and that presented a few problems. He did show me the tool, so if any one fancies a go at dent removal, I can give you a description.
  13. If you get a load of sludge in suspension, allow it to stand for a minute or two, then a (literally) drop of iced water will help it settle.
  14. Collected rather than Postie delivered. Should provide a few hours amusement for a couple of forum members and myself!
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