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I'm becoming increasingly tempted by a gene cafe. How much smoke would you say it produces on a medium roast Mike?

 

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None at all for me, since I use a length of 80mm ducting to vent it out of the window. Cost under a fiver :) I do get a tiny bit of smoke I suppose, but that's only when I transfer the beans to the external cooler, and once I put the lid on the cooler it stops, so perhaps a couple of seconds of a very small amount of smoke.

Saying that though, on my very first roast I got a fair bit of smoke when transferring the beans, just because I'd gone well into second crack. But it's avoidable, and if you use the Gene Cafe's built in cooling cycle (combined with the 80mm ducting) then I can't see how you'd get any smoke at all.

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Noooo! The one proviso with these free beans is NO FEEDBACK!! My ego couldn't take the pain of all that criticism :D PM me an address tho Gary... I need to get your Ubercosy sent to you anyway.

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I'm thinking Mike that if you were able to do several 160g roasts all of a very similar level and then post them out, then people could compare cupping notes? A group of non-professionals throwing around words like mouthfeel and mid-cup is only going to end in hilarity. You could call it In My Hag :)

 

I'd definitely be game for that.

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I like the idea.

Gonna have to ring the bell on all Has Bean puns now.. Steve might sue my ass!! ;) but don't forget, life's too short fo... Oops, forget that!!!

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I would be quite happy to try some if you want to send it all the way to my little Island! (it is standard royal fail postage rates lol) I'm happy to provide feedback or not dependant on your preference and I'm happy to cover costs :)

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hey mike i would love to try some of your beans. If the offer is still open? still new to this and the opportunity to try freshly roasted beans done by you would be cool.

 

Yep. PM your address please :)

I haven't found time to actually roast any beans lately, but I have just bought a few different varieties of green beans and some valve bags, so when I get a chance (amongst setting up the cafe) I'll post some out to those who have expressed an interest :) I think they will all be 160g.

 

I'm enjoying playing around with ideas. Initially I'm not going to reveal full details of the beans apart from roast date, as I was intrigued when Jim Grant, who received some last week, said he enjoyed "tasting blind" rather than having the roaster's cupping notes. My cupping notes would probably be pretty rubbish anyway! But maybe it would be fun to have a bi-weekly thing where I send out some coffees for blind tasting and then we all compare tasting notes on this forum... perhaps try to guess the region, the variety, or any other characteristics about the bean and the roast, and then get the big 'reveal' a week or so after receiving them. It might focus the mind and improve our palates :) And there may be a few surprises in there! I wouldn't be able to pay everyone's postage, but wouldn't want to make any profit from it so it would just be a case of covering the cost of the beans and postage... probably something like £3 to £3.50 including postage. Anyone up for this if I have time to pull it off?

 

(Please always bear in mind though that I'm just a newbie home roaster!! :good:)

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Brilliant :) cheers chaps. I'm gonna roast these babies anyway so I'm really glad someone will get to use them, and we can make things intetesting along the way.

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Sounds like a plan, I'm not sure my palette is refined enough to be a lot of help, but I could certainly let you know if they were nice or not! ;)

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Yep. PM your address please :)

I haven't found time to actually roast any beans lately, but I have just bought a few different varieties of green beans and some valve bags, so when I get a chance (amongst setting up the cafe) I'll post some out to those who have expressed an interest :) I think they will all be 160g.

 

I'm enjoying playing around with ideas. Initially I'm not going to reveal full details of the beans apart from roast date, as I was intrigued when Jim Grant, who received some last week, said he enjoyed "tasting blind" rather than having the roaster's cupping notes. My cupping notes would probably be pretty rubbish anyway! But maybe it would be fun to have a bi-weekly thing where I send out some coffees for blind tasting and then we all compare tasting notes on this forum... perhaps try to guess the region, the variety, or any other characteristics about the bean and the roast, and then get the big 'reveal' a week or so after receiving them. It might focus the mind and improve our palates :) And there may be a few surprises in there! I wouldn't be able to pay everyone's postage, but wouldn't want to make any profit from it so it would just be a case of covering the cost of the beans and postage... probably something like £3 to £3.50 including postage. Anyone up for this if I have time to pull it off?

 

(Please always bear in mind though that I'm just a newbie home roaster!! :good:)

 

what a really cool idea. count me in on this please. Also i for one do not expect you to pay for this and would be more than happy to cover whatever costs incurred.

 

great idea!

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This is looking good :) So far that's five in the club... I'm thinking of calling it The Senseless Lab. Any other suggestions?

 

MartinB

coffeeone

Danm

Filthy_rich85

seeq

 

Just about the right size for now... think I can manage a sixth person if anyone is interested.

That's about right for 2kg worth of greens, including a test roast or two, to give me a baseline roast profile before roasting the ones for Senseless Lab members :)

Thanks again for being into this!

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I believe I registered interest in this two pages ago :p

 

Would be good since we could try different brew methods and compare notes.

How about calling it "Old Hag",

no no no,

 

"Hagged Senseless".

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You're in :)

I'll be doing the first roast and post in a week or so, but I'll make a new thread just before to kick it off. I'm thinking I might include a little article with each despatch, incorporating a little info on sensory type stuff to give the blind tasting a bit of a boost.

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You're in :)

I'll be doing the first roast and post in a week or so, but I'll make a new thread just before to kick it off. I'm thinking I might include a little article with each despatch, incorporating a little info on sensory type stuff to give the blind tasting a bit of a boost.

 

nice! My tastebuds are awful so any info on how to really assist the tasting would be greatly appreciated. What a cool idea!!!

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