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    Here is a site that I can recommend highly as many fine videos from a person that knows coffee;

    Moka Pot

    Roasting

    Roaster puzzle
    listing Google search and go to Kave.....
    Many English language videos here!

    If you are not a member of Vimeo, you can sign out when the videos are poor and reload to get to see many more.

    ~Richard/ Espressme

    PS ere is his Home Page for a lot of wild ideas and products!
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    I'm no specialist when it come to coffee. I just drink it all day. The muddier the better. I like mine to bite back!
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    Well on the recommendation of a friend, I ordered this coffee roaster this morning
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    He says it works great for him so I guess I'll see
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    Our Saeco Odea has started acting up sadly!
    Was making some strange noises during the pull and not working properly.
    Have a "brew group" o-ring replacement kit on order from Amazon and am having to settle for French pressed Folger's this week. Been spoiled after two years of perfect coffees.
    Can't wait for the repair kit to arrive.
    Noticed online that Seattle coffee, among others, are offering these Philips made Saeco units at pretty decent refurbished prices now.
    Cannot recommend this all in one unit highly enough for those that LOVE a fresh pulled espresso or long Americano in the morning.
    G'day gents. Middle of a weeks vacation up here and today it rains. So indoor hobby's it is today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieseld View Post
    Well on the recommendation of a friend, I ordered this coffee roaster this morning
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    He says it works great for him so I guess I'll see
    Dave - I have a similar one (SR500 - no idea what the differences are) and it has been working just fine for me for a good five years now. My suggestions:

    - don't drop the top part - it breaks pretty easily. Don't ask me how I know that... However it patches up well with Sugru.
    - keep a small brass brush handy. The screen in the top will get dirty and plugged up from the oils, etc. An occasional soak and rub down with the brass brush works nicely to get the air flow restored. I just use a cheap little one I found at a dollar store
    - if you like darker roasts, be prepared to take your time and slow the fan speed down towards the end of the roast. I have a hard time getting it as dark as I like if I do an under-sized batch.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks Cangooner, I appreciate the tips. As far as I could see there wasn't any real difference in the two.

    I like a medium roast, so I guess it takes a bit of figuring on when to slow the fan down.
    But I'll get it.......or just keep bugging you until I do
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    Well my roaster got here yesterday. I also ordered some beans with it off of Amazon. The beans are Arabica, I also have some Brazil Adrano beans as well.

    So I fired up the first try at this, with the Arabica beans. I have come to enjoy a medium roast coffee. So I tried adjusting the fan as I have read about peoples trials and errors......the first batch burnt.

    So dump that one out and try again.

    Now this time I kept the fan on high the whole roasting cycle. And after about 3 1/2 minutes, I liked the color of the beans. I looked at the ones I have been using to get an idea of what color I was looking for. Then hit the button and let it go into cool down.
    Then another cool down cycle to finish removing the husks off of the beans.
    Into the burr grinder. Smelled a bit different than I am used to. Probably the smell of the burnt coffee still in the air lol
    So this morning, using my vacuum pot, I brewed it up.
    I have to say, this is a very smooth coffee and quite enjoyable. A flavor much better than I expected.

    I guess this coffee roasting is my new rabbit hole.....................now to try different coffees and roasts.

    Thanks Cangooner for your input, I see what you're saying about the top screen.

    From any of you home roasters, what green beans do you suggest?
    I do like full flavor, and now that I roast my own, I can get the roast I prefer.
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    Hello all, I've never posted here but like to keep tabs on whats going on and am impressed with the knowledge.. After reading Richards, (Geezer) recommendation, I purchased a Lido grinder and have been using for about a year now.. I do like a nice strong cup of coffee and have the setting on a fine Turkish grind which is almost a flour consistency.

    I may not be a purist for using the Areo Press, (which I also read about on this thread). I would at some point like to get a vintage Espresso maker and roast my own beans. Small steps. Gotta keep learnin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieseld View Post

    From any of you home roasters, what green beans do you suggest?
    My personal favourite is Ethiopian Sidamo. Beautiful stuff IMHO. I roast just until the second crack starts and you can just see the oil starting to come to the surface of the beans. Mmmmmmmm...

    I found it helpful when I started to pick one type of bean and stick with that until you have its particular roast down pat. Then either try some others or vary the roast of the first type. The roasting profiles of different beans can vary widely. Some beans are larger, other smaller, some have husks, some don't, etc. For example my favourite Sidamo roasts more slowly and has waaaaaay more chaff than my #2 Yirgacheffe.

    And if you can, see if you can find a green bean supplier locally who can give you small samples to check out. I've had a couple that I have been really glad not to have paid for a full pound, and some others that I really enjoyed that I likely would not have bought if I had to get the full pound. Also, roasters tend to be just as obsessed about beans and coffee as we are about razors and shaving, so they tend to be more than happy to take time to chat and help out.

    EDIT: this book was suggested to me when I first started home roasting, and I found it really helpful: Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival
    by Kenneth Davids
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    Thanks a lot!!!!

    I am going to stick with this bean for a bit anyway. I enjoy it, so that's not a struggle

    Appreciate the link to the book, you're a good man. No matter what Tom says
    Not to many local roasters in my area, but will check out our surrounding counties. Ya just never know.
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