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  1. Okes folks. ..., on with my journey of stepping out of the box. A bit. Over time. When I started home roasting some years ago, it didn't even feel like it was such an infectious thing. Obviously, I began for a reason, namely for the sake of decent espresso. Intrigued by all the different taste notes there were to discover, I dug deeper and deeper into the topic - reading, roasting, talking to roasters, buying greens from around the world, reading cupping notes where available, helping out in cupping sessions of Quality Management and Product Development at a coffee company
  2. Hi All, I’m Fraser from a small town near Falkirk in Scotland. I have just ordered a Amazon Dalian Roaster to home roast coffee, and have zero roasting experience! Excited to learn the processes associated with roasting and share experiences with you guys I also hoping to get some helpful hints and tips from you guys to help me on the way to hopefully being able to successfully roast coffee. Feel free to get in touch. cheers!!
  3. I got this from Crankhouse in the form of a link about taking part in his first competition https://www.crankhousecoffee.co.uk/blogs/news/competition-and-growth If you read it through there is a discount code at the end One point of interest for me was in the results: The 4th placed guy was from Roastworks. They were the outfit that were supplying some rather good beans I found at Waitrose this year
  4. I was hoping to find a few volunteers on the forum who would be happy to give me feedback on the first iteration of a website I am putting together for my micro roastery. It's not yet publicly searchable, so could you PM me and I will send you a link. As a thank you for your feedback I would be happy to send you out a free bag of coffee. Regrettably I will need to set a cap on this of 12 volunteers. Thanks in advance - your help will be very much appreciated. And just to confirm that I have had the ok from Glenn to post this request to the forum
  5. Hi there all, Im looking for some advice on roasting at home. Do I need to conform to any law regs to roast in my house ( 1 kg electric coffee roaster)? do I need to have a health inspector visit? I would like to sell my coffee online. Any other advice? Thanks Dominik
  6. Hi there, I would like to share my initial experience with Gene roaster and do a bit of troubleshooting? because I'm struggling to get a good roast. As you can imagine my first attempts didn’t result in the best tasting coffee. I roasted 3 batches of 200g-250g and none of these made me happy yet?. Description of the matter: I purchased my Gene at BB, brand new, unmodified. I read all manuals attached and followed Dave’s guidance and tips. The roasted beans look great, nice brown colour, very nicely rounded bean, perfect for a photoshoot to a magazine? however I can’t tell the s
  7. I would love to know how other people roasts their coffees and see how they get the best out of their coffee bean
  8. These are my local roasters and I find them amazing, any other lovers of North Star here?
  9. Good evening everybody, sitting in my garage/workshop, I‘m enjoying the first roasts utilising my latest addition to the setup As you can see, I‘ve placed an elephant outside and cut a hole into an OSB in the window frame to enable him inhale the fumes. Elephants just love the smell of freshly roasted coffee, you should see his face right now! Also, I‘m not into these fumes that much, so you should as well see my face right now!!
  10. What do you think about roasting degree of this beans? Is it roasted enough?
  11. Hello I'm re-setting up my x2 1kg roasters in my shed and wanted to know other peoples setups. I believe I have x2 options. 1. Directly link the roasters to an inline fan (heat resistant) with a variable control. I would need a pre-filiter to protect the fan, any ideas? 2. Construct a hood and then connect a fan to this (or buy x2 oven hoods) Use the hood grease filters to pre-clean the smoke. Anybody done anything similar & where you got the bits etc. Appreciate any ideas, links. Cheers
  12. The guy in this video reckons it's hours up to 7 days after roasting Any longer and it's stale? I new fresher was better but is this the case?
  13. Hi, I roast in an over-gas, manual drum roaster, capacity of ~500-550 grams. Roast time to F.C. is ~10m. And..... Never mind ?
  14. Good day fellow roasties! Keeping a logbook of your roasts, well, for some is a necessary evil while others enjoy and excel in handwriting. Especially for beginners it might be a frightening thought to also fiddle with new hard- and software. On the other hand it can come in very handy: automating the task of accurately gathering temperature data (and more) enables the newbie to focus on roast and roaster. Enthusiasts will benefit from the archives they're building, so further self-education is at your fingertips. For a new business, achieving consistent results is one fundamental pilla
  15. Hi all. I have an opportunity coming up to meet the GM of a local up-scale hotel with a view to them purchasing my coffee beans as they are keen to be seen to purchase locally wherever possible. This place is well known for exceptional quality in everything they do. My question is not "how much should I charge?" as I can work this out from the cost of the inputs. Rather, I was wondering what a place like this might be paying already for their coffee beans.I know I should be able to make the case for buying fresh, local, quality etc; but they are a business and will be focussed on cost co
  16. Really interested in peoples views on House Blends - the likes of Starbucks, Costa, Nero I owned 3 coffee shops in the 1990s which we roasted inhouse for and my muscles still remember lifting 60kg sacks of green beans. We sold them in 1998 so were kind of early in the coffee revolution Putting the roasting to one side -just interested in views from people who know about the makeup of the blends -clearly they are blended for maximum consumption I am assuming the basis of most house blends is Santos - If anyone wants to correct me or set me straight really pleased to hear
  17. Hey guys, I’m new to the forum, and wanted to ask a quick question about Monsooned Malabar beans.... They are an ‘aged’ bean variety, a little like Old Brown Java. I purchased them raw and roasted them myself, but after roasting, I noticed that many of the beans have small holes in them, which I can only describe as ‘woodworm’ like. I’m guessing these have been caused by insects during the aging process. I was just wondering if anyone else had any experience with this variety of bean, and if I should be concerned? I purchased them from the Coffee Bean Shop, and I’ve roasted many
  18. building my roaster and looking at adding one of these for monitoring my temps (also has pc logging and works (apparently) with artisan) anyone had any experiences with one, are they any good?, do they respond quick enough? and any other questions you think i should be asking. MASTECH MS6514 Dual Channel Digital Thermometer Temperature Logger http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201730624535?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  19. Don't see that anyone's mentioned it, but coffee author and educator Scott Rao has recently started his own blog spot, Where is Scott Rao?
  20. 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.
  21. Hi, just a quick question here - does the roast of a coffee affect how it will grind? By this i mean if some coffee beans have been dark roasted do they behave differently in a grinder than a lightly roasted bean would be? Or is it a case of every bean should grind the same in the same grinder on the same setting? thanks in advance!
  22. I've moved from Bath to Cardiff, meaning I can no longer (easily) visit Roundhill Roasters at the farmers market on a weekend. While searches on here seem to identify coffee shops, I'd like recommendations for roasters as there must be some. Thanks in advance.
  23. I've had the Quest for a while but not really done much in terms of roasting to date. I like to try to learn from people that have experience before setting off on my own, so was hoping somebody might have an interest in meeting up to do some roasting. Especially good for me if you have some experience with a Quest or roasting in general. I'm based in Bramley just outside Basingstoke, in case you wanted to visit me, or I'm happy to travel up to about an hour if we could work out a time (likely easiest by PM.) If visiting me I have coffee machines and grinders that I'll be happy to try
  24. Hello chaps, I've ordered 3 x 1kg packs of greens which I haven't roasted before. Brazil yellow catuai (natural) Guatemala Antigua Ethiopian yirgacheffe G2 I would appreciate some tips on how to get the best out of them in the gene cafe (with power mod) Usually id buy bigger quantities as it's more cost effective but I wanted to try each of these out before committing to a 10kg batch.
  25. eusty

    Ehiopian Guji

    Has anyone had an experience roasting these on a Gene Cafe? I roasted using BB's gentle rise/finish profile. 220c @ 10:44 then hold 60s 230c @13:10 then hold 60s 240c till 1c which I 'thought was @16:40 hold @ 17:40 235 @ 18:30 17% reduction. The problem was being my first roast ever determining the 1c wasn't easy and I think I over roasted as it smelt 'burnt' after I finished! That said the profile was 'up to 19 minutes', I haven't tasted yet though. EDIT: I don't think it was the beans which burnt as they smell OK (although my sense of smell isn't great)
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