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  1. Just read about a (maybe not so home-oriented) small batch roasting machine that got me thinking... https://www.thecoffeecompass.com/introducing-bellwether-coffee-a-zero-emissions-roaster/ Obviously, it cannot be zero-zero emissions as energy consumption for producing, shipping, running, servicing and recycling the machine needs to be factored in. That aside, the idea sounds about right: being as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible helps conserving coffee growing regions and their climate. I'm just about to start my own roasting business - given my age and assuming success, I may still be operational in 40 years time. I have already been joking about the idea of growing coffee in our neighbourhood one day, honestly an increasingly interesting thought concerning global warming. So, there is something to this machine, even though I'm more fascinated by traditional, classic, vintage things: is there anything we can do to protect the coffee growers' daily bread? Or would the big corporations ultimately take over with their genetically modified frankenbeans, anyways? Or am I just making up something...
  2. Gene Cafe CBR-1200 roaster - 1KG capacity. Fantastic roaster for a beginner or a veteran. Clear drum allows you to see right into the drum to determine roast by looks. Comes with exhaust pipes and chaff collector. Quick - 4 Minute cooling process. In great condition, bought 2 years ago, deep cleaned recently and in perfect working order. Pictures here:https://postimg.org/gallery/3g7q82yva/ Can no longer buy new in the UK. Spares are available in the UK from Bella Barista. The power control mod has not been done but can be fitted for relatively cheap (£40). Looking for about £2500 but willing to listen to any offers. Please let me know if you're interested!
  3. Hi there, I recently ordered a few bags of beans, one of them (allegedly Bourbon, from El Salvador) had quite an uneven roast (see pic). Actually, it was worse than the picture, the darker beans were glossy (with fat, moisture?) when I opened them, the gloss has gone once the bag was open for a while, but uneven roast is still evident. I thought, perhaps the varied roast levels of beans is a result of a blend (the roaster did not state it was single origin, however single variety and region implies that it is). What do people think? these beans are from one of the roasters in the list: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?1656-UK-Based-Roasters
  4. Getting some caf and decaf beans in and would like to try a roaster I haven't before. I really like Rave and Union, I also quite like Coffee Compass. I like single origins though my favourite drinks so far have been from blends - e.g. Rave Chatswood. I'm in to dark chocolate notes though not too heavy, I like some brightness to lift the taste though still have a chocolate after-taste. Don't want to get too specific though as I'm after a roaster to try - not a specific coffee. Would be good to get caf and decaf from same place though doesn't have to be. Recommendations much appreciated :-)
  5. Good Day All, As the title suggests I'm looking to buy from a supplier that posts recipes for their coffees. As a noob, I'm probably going through about half a bag of 250g beans just to get it right and at that rate I'm going to be wasting a lot of beans. Rave do some recipes: https://ravecoffee.co.uk/collections/single-origin-coffee/products/burundi-masha (Located at the bottom of the page under 'Recipes') ESPRESSO (18G VST) 17.5g in 45g out in 24 to 26 seconds But not all of their coffee has them and some of them don't have espresso recipes. I know that half the fun is in dialling in your grinder and getting the perfect shot but I'm not at that stage in my experience yet. Also some beans require different ratios and extraction times to get the best out of them. So, any recommendations along those lines? Or should I just pucker up for a 1kg bag and take the hit? Thanks Everyone!
  6. I am currently staying in Berlin for a few days and so I'm looking to try out a few coffee joints whilst in here. I might pick up some beans if available too. I've just been to the Barn which seems quite nice. I'm wondering if there are any other recommended spots around, ideally places which might sell beans also. Regards
  7. Just read news of what sounds like a large fire at the UCC Coffee roastery warehouse in Dartford, thankfully there appear to be no injuries other than to property. I'd never heard of UCC, they appear to be responsible for supplying McDonalds & Greggs with beans. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-45820844
  8. Just wondering if you guys have any UK favourites or local ones? I'm from Norwich and must say Strangers Coffee are doing well.
  9. I'll be in Cambridge for a week in December and would like to buy some freshly roasted coffee. Does anyone know of a good roaster there? I'm thinking of a small artisanal operation, but I'd buy good, fresh beans from nearly anyone at the right price. Thank you.
  10. I have been trying a few of their roasts recently, the narco espresso blend is worth a try for sure and the columbian caldas too! Anyone else tried them?
  11. Hi All, have been reading intently at all the excellent information and help provided on here, now looking to jump in a bit head first and have my eye on the Dalian amazon. I plan to start roasting, take my time with learning and work towards doing some small retail sales, farmers markets etc. Plan is to get a 1-2kg roaster setup in new shed i'm building, seems to be some good reviews on the dalian from both price and useability so think this may be the best option. Can go with new but what are the chances of any second hand units being available, or does anyone recommend an alternative? thanks in advance
  12. Hi I've been roasting on a home roaster and also on gas roasters in Thailand and China using LPG gas bottles... so now looking at installing a 10kg roaster in the UK. I'm trying to answer questions to the gas board about - the peak hourly and annual gas consumption loads in Kw. ?? My guestimate would be that the peak would be something like 20 kW/h but more commonly use 12 kW/h or so. Therefore with 3x6hrs of roasting weekly, 18x50 for a rough yearly use = 900hrs of use = 900x12 = 10,800 kW/h .... does this look wildly off ? would really value some advice thanks
  13. For info. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bella-Barista-Dalian-Amazon-1kg-Coffee-Bean-Roaster-2017-DL-A721-SBB-c5/232824191460?hash=item36356739e4:g:pZcAAOSwmYtbMlIF
  14. Just joined. Roaster, coffee shop owner and enthusiast. after a long time lurking I feel I should give back.
  15. At last!!! A real cafe in Aberdeen - Figment Coffee, 70 Countesswells Road, Aberdeen AB15 7YJ. Just paid a visit, had a cortado, met owner (Neil) - doing everything RIGHT! Great news for Aberdeen.
  16. For sale is my Gene Cafe CBR-101A, including the voltage regulator mod, bought from Bella Barista in August 2017. This includes: - Gene Cafe CBR-101A (The roaster) - All the accessories: Large Chaff Collector, scoop and brush; - Spare bumper; - Manual written for Bella Barista by DavecUK containing roasting profiles; - The Voltage regulator mod (it can be easily undone if required); - 10 months of Bella Barista warranty left (until August 22nd 2019); - Original box (and paddings), manual and receipt from Bella Barista; So, why am I selling it? - Given my current work/life balance, I find myself with little time to roast coffee beans; - Being the only coffee drinker in the household, I find myself roasting 1 batch a week (when I have the time), so, technically, not learning and in a way underusing it; - It's not the right machine for me: No matter what, unless I remove the chaff collector, I can't hear first crack. It might be me, who knows, but I find that by reading some posts here some have no difficulty at all, whereas some struggle with it. The Gene Cafe has been looked after very well. I wash the chamber every 4th roast, and I vaccum and brush everything after a roast. However, there's a scuff mark on the protective cover and a scratch on the reflective shield on the base of the roaster, due to me not slotting the chamber all the way in (please see photos). £300 collected from: - Newbury, Berks; - Oxford; I am happy to travel up to 40 miles from Newbury to meet halfway. It can be posted, but I'd rather not, specially as the voltage regulator box is quite bulky and will not fit in the Gene's box at all. I am happy to liaise with prospective buyers with regards to postage, curriers, and costs. Some useful posts related to my roaster: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?41014-Gene-Cafe-CBR-101-Dimmer-Mod-MediumRoastSteam-take-on-it https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?45176-Help-me-get-rid-of-scorched-beans-uneven-roast https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?11791-Todays-Roast (more towards the end of the thread, as the thread itself is quite old) http://coffeetime.wikidot.com/genecafedimmermod2017 (DavecUK asked me if I could document the mod and add to his site) Roasting today: See scratch all the way on the shield (pointed by arrow) Scuff Mark: Voltage regulator mod connector to back of Gene: Inside: Voltage regulator entry Voltage regulator connection
  17. Hi all, does anyone have any recommendations for decent roasters with free or cheap postage? I’m looking for places to buy the odd single bag to tide me over when my Dog & Hat subscription leaves me a touch short without paying £3-4 postage ontop of a £6-8 order. Thanks!
  18. I’m looking to sell my Gene Café CBR 1200 1kg coffee Roaster. Purchased from Bella Barista about three years ago with the intention of setting up a micro coffee roasting business. However, due to a change in personal circumstances, the business never even got started. The roaster has had very little use, its only had about 15kg of beans put through it. It has been well maintained and really is as good as new, with no scratches or damage. I’m looking for a fair price for what is a very good piece of equipment. Will accept offers. It comes with its original box, instruction manuals (manufacturers and Bella Barista) and everything else it was originally supplied with (roaster, hoses, exhaust pipe, metal hook tool, etc.). I also include the adapter so it can plug into mains electricity. Everything needed to plug it in and start roasting! I would be prepared to deliver the roaster within a 25-mile radius of Oxford, or the it can be collected. If you would prefer arrange collection by courier, then that is at the buyer’s risk. This is an excellent roaster and I’m sorry to be parting with it. If you have any questions, please do get in touch. All the best! Jon
  19. Any roasters worth considering in Dorset? Finca in Dorchester is a tiny cafe what does fantastic coffee, they roast their own and I have a bag of their beans to try. Is Reads any good? Cheers.
  20. My first loves, when it came to coffee beans were Monsoon Malabar and Old Brown Java. Both from Whittards. That was a long time ago and my coffee equipment has come a long way since my stove top pot. And my taste buds, a long way from Whittards. Can anyone recommend a good roaster I could get those beans from now.
  21. Hey every, hope you're all well. I was just wondering if anyone knows of anywhere that hires out their roasting facilities? I'm sure i've seen one or two before, but I stupidly didn't save the page and am struggling to find where it was. I have a small roaster (250g) at home, but wanted to use a machine to roast a couple of batches between 1-5kg? I'm from Surrey, but willing to travel within reason. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  22. So Hi! Zach here, Commercial roaster in York! In the past this great site has helped in many different aspects and I love popping on to see whats happening! Currently on the search for some QC advise on green coffee if there are any other roasters out there?! Thanks, ZC
  23. Hi All, just wondered if anyone has any recommendations for Nordic roasters, and potentially subscriptions services that ship to the UK? Ive been looking at Reykjavik Roasters, Kaffe Box and Koppi at the moment, but want to see if there are any others that anyone could suggest? Thanks Matt
  24. I've recently subscribed to thecoffeeroaster and for my first order got a batch of 4 different single origin Artisan Roast coffees. Arrived to Slovenija after 5day after roast date. Got El Libano light Guat, Chisi Malawi, Aricha Etiopia and Ruri Musasa Rwanda, already tried all four of them but somehow i am only getting quite sour shoots. Do any of you guys have any experience with mentioned beans, i really hope they travelled well since i am having difficulties finding a sweet spot. They all tend to be beans with fruit orientation, but all i am really getting is strong acidity and quite sour shoots. Ive tried couple of variants with increasing dose (as being underextracted), changed the tamerature and tried different yield but without real success of improvements. Tried 92-93temp, 18-19 ims flat and convex basket yield from 32g-39g in 27-31sec. Thanks for any tip
  25. http://www.alfiecoffee.co.uk/ Anyone used this roaster? If so can you recommend a bean for flat whites. With regards to the spiel about the roasting process. Any comments?
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