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Old 07-16-2008, 03:44 PM   #101
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I have a FreshRoast 8+ that I found on CraigsList for $20, I think, and a recently scored Caffe Rosto, found in a thrift store for $4. Both are good, both are no longer made. They do small batches, which is good, because I like to blend roasts for a more complex flavor, and only roast 3 days ahead. I get raw beans generally from Sweet Maria's, online, and am partial to a Nayarit Rustico from Mexico. Fair trade, shade grown, organic and dry processed. Both roasters use fan-forced hot air, and both have automatic timers. And both can frequently be found for cheap on eBay, if you do not have access to good second-hand shops. Sweet Maria's is also a wealth of information on coffee, roasters and roasting. Home Coffee Roasting Supplies -Sweet Maria's
Thanks! I found both the FreshRoast and the Caffe Rosto on ebay. Do you prefer one over the other? I have been to Sweet Maria's and you're right - there's tons of info there. I'll definitely order my beans from there when I get a roaster. I like Mexican coffees too. The already roasted beans I buy at the store are Mexican beans.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:10 PM   #102
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Fresh ground, french pressed, Takes about the same time in the morning as starting breakfast. My coffee purvayor sells Kona as a leader for around 10 bucks a pound and roasts on premises. Costo Columbia Supremo is pretty good and much cheaper. French press allows you to make any quantity from a cup up without loss of flavor. Used to buy Meru from Africa. Haven't seen it in years, I have heard it got caught up in some civil war.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:16 PM   #103
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Thanks! I found both the FreshRoast and the Caffe Rosto on ebay. Do you prefer one over the other? I have been to Sweet Maria's and you're right - there's tons of info there. I'll definitely order my beans from there when I get a roaster. I like Mexican coffees too. The already roasted beans I buy at the store are Mexican beans.
Both roasters are equally good. The FreshRoast+8 is easier to dump after roasting. Be aware that the volatile oils produced by roasting may set off your smoke alarm. Whee!
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:38 PM   #104
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Thanks Gadzooks. I'm really excited about this last step to the perfect cup of coffee.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:11 PM   #105
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Last step? Heehee...first step. Roasting will take some practice to perfect. But you'll get there, I have no doubt! Have fun!
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:08 PM   #106
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Thanks! I found both the FreshRoast and the Caffe Rosto on ebay. Do you prefer one over the other? I have been to Sweet Maria's and you're right - there's tons of info there. I'll definitely order my beans from there when I get a roaster. I like Mexican coffees too. The already roasted beans I buy at the store are Mexican beans.
I have ordered from Sweet Maria's and been well satisfied. I also buy raw cofee beans at a local Middle Eastern Grocery. You don't get all the information Sweet Maria provides but it's very convenient to get coffee locally; I get olive oil there also.

I roast in a frying pan on the stove top. Posted the details here somewhere a while back. Was going to get one of those fancy roasters if the cowboy thing didn't work out but I'm satisfied with the technique so never spent the money.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:55 AM   #107
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Cast iron frying pan works fine for me. I do about 2 ounces (double layer of beans) at a time over medium heat until beans are brown and oily. Only problem is some beans pop out of pan. Can't cover pan because it requires constant stirring.
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:14 AM   #108
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OK, here 'tis...the coffee thread, awakened. Fresh and hot just for you! And let me mention here that if you think you want to roast your own coffee but don't want to make a big investment in something you're not sure of, no worry. You can roast coffee in small batches in a hot air popcorn popper. Please note that the popper needs to be of the type that has the hot air inlets in the sides of the roasting (popping) chamber, not on the horizontal bottom surface. Find them in thrift stores for under five dollars. Find good instructions here
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:30 AM   #109
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gadzooks, THANKS!
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Not a big fun of coffee(I have one or two a year!)but try grating nutmeg into your coffee, just a little.
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