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Old 02-08-2017, 02:27 PM   #101
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I love my Aeropress but one thing to be aware of is that cleanup is messy and it must be cleaned up fairly quickly after use or the plunger can be damaged. But it does make the best coffee I've had.
I find cleanup real easy. Pop the puck in the compost/garbage, give it a quick 5 second rinse, done !

Sometimes it sits overnight, no big deal.
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Thanks. I visually check the color, but it seems invariably that I end up with a darker roast than I had planned. It is hard for me to hear the second crack.
I find second crack is usually quite audible, and telling with its quicker pace. First crack with some origins is very loud and obvious, but with a few (like most Sumatrans) there is really no discernible sound so I watch and listen for second crack.
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I find cleanup real easy. Pop the puck in the compost/garbage, give it a quick 5 second rinse, done !

Sometimes it sits overnight, no big deal.
Agree. I make the same dumb joke every time I use mine and my girlfriend is around..."and clean up is a snap" in an infomercial voice. A groan usually follows.
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:57 PM   #104
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I find second crack is usually quite audible, and telling with its quicker pace. First crack with some origins is very loud and obvious, but with a few (like most Sumatrans) there is really no discernible sound so I watch and listen for second crack.
I need to try again to pick up on the cracks. I typically roast Ethiopian and Kenyan, although I really like the Indonesian and Central / South American origins.
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I need to try again to pick up on the cracks. I typically roast Ethiopian and Kenyan, although I really like the Indonesian and Central / South American origins.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is my most roasted coffee, but I too buy from all over the world. Papua New Guinea Sigri is another favourite if you can find it, the plants were started from Jamaican Blue Mountain plants. JBM and Kona are both great coffees, but I am just not going to pay that kind of money when there are so many others that are very good at a better price.
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I need to try again to pick up on the cracks. I typically roast Ethiopian and Kenyan, although I really like the Indonesian and Central / South American origins.
What you roast on can make hearing the cracks difficult. With that said, first crack sounds like popcorn popping. Second crack sounds like rice crispies. I used to roast commercially on a Diedrich 12 kg. Now that I'm retired, I'm back to a bread machine and heat gun. Hot air roasters can be the toughest because they roast fast, and first crack and second crack can run without hardy any gap between the two.
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... Now that I'm retired, I'm back to a bread machine and heat gun. ...
Welcome to the forum, northwinds13! If you don't mind me asking, what's your procedure for roasting coffee beans with a bread machine and heat gun? Dale
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Welcome to the forum, northwinds13! If you don't mind me asking, what's your procedure for roasting coffee beans with a bread machine and heat gun? Dale
Thanks for the welcome. You guys finally talked about something I know about, although there are others quite knowledgeable in this thread also.

The bread machine/heat gun combo is reportedly the brainchild of an Australian woman a number of years ago. It's quite simple. I turn the bread machine to the dough cycle, and then train a heat gun just above the rotating beans. I get roast times between 12-15 minutes (closer to 15 this time of year since I roast outdoors in my pole shed). Once the beans are roasted, the beans get turned out into a strainer that sits in a hole in a cardboard box. Another hole in the side of the box contains the attachment hose for my my shop vac. Turn the shop vac on, and the beans cool in about two minutes. There are a number of youtube videos showing the heat gun/bread machine combo with some additional refinements. I like to hold the heat gun, but many like to build a stand so that it is a hands off operation. I generally roast one pound at a time.
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Re-formatting this

About a year ago I started using an aeropress

while not the best brewing process out there, it's decent for use in the truck camper.

it is super sensitive to coffee amount, grind and water temp

All things that can be a challenge in a small space.
But it produces a decent enough cuppa,

As for brewing while on the road, i've never seen anything that I would want to try and since vacuum insulated bottles are so effective I just use those to keep my coffee warm
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Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is my most roasted coffee, but I too buy from all over the world. Papua New Guinea Sigri is another favourite if you can find it, the plants were started from Jamaican Blue Mountain plants. JBM and Kona are both great coffees, but I am just not going to pay that kind of money when there are so many others that are very good at a better price.
I like the Yirgacheffe as well. I purchase my green beans online from Sweet Maria's, who are located in CA. Do you order online from a US or Canadian source?
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I have mostly bought at Sweet Maria's, even with exchange the price is better than locally. However, shipping is very costly. I do buy locally some, as shipping is free.
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I couldn't agree more! I ❤️ my arrowpress and I also have an expensive burr grinder at home. I also have an $$ manual grinder but I find it kicks up my carpal tunnel As soon as I pick up my boler (next week) I will be seeing if I can take our little bit amazing electric grinder with us on trips. With two kids under 6 coffee is a priority!
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