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What are the reasons to roast coffee yourself?

You have already listed most of the main points and hit them correctly, but I'll add some additional. Pros: You can get things not available commercially, and generally a much wider variety of coffee....
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Home Roasting with Fresh Roast SR500

There is a goodish guide for your roaster here. I'd also keep in mind that coffee has a cooling period after you "stop" roasting, where it will generally still roast to a darker level (or two). You ...
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Home Roasting with Fresh Roast SR500

I have been roasting with the FreshRoast SR 500 for several months and have seen wildly differing advice from a variety of sources. Recently I found information from a few sources that when combined ...
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Is there a way to economically store freshly roasted coffee under vacuum?

Yes, there is a way to store freshly roasted coffee - or even store bought roasted beans - at home under vacuum without expensive equipment. I drink wine and have collected a couple of wine storage ...
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Reduce power of popcorn popper for roasting coffee

Rather than playing with electricity and wiring you could actually just move the roasting bed/area away from your heat source and accomplish close to the same thing. I started roasting with a ...
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In home roasting, does the time spent roasting matter, or only the final temperature?

It does matter for a couple of reasons. Drawing out the roast generally produces more even results. Slower roasts mean that you have a better chance of stopping the roast at the target level and not ...
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Home roasting and ventilation

I finally noticed that the chaff collection unit is actually several pieces that don't fit as well as they could. I took it apart and sealed the seams with high temperature engine gasket sealant. I ...
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What are the reasons to roast coffee yourself?

I've been home roasting for about a year now and you've pretty much got it right. The bottom line is that home roasting allows much more control over the roasting variables. But home roasting takes ...
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Can I reduce harmful terpenes?

Terpenes are the lipids (oils) that give the main flavor to your cup. Therefore, you don't want to reduce them normally. However, if you really want to reduce them, best choice is, as stated thick ...
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What's the recommended way to roast coffee beans at home?

Two more methods: Oven roasting. A simple sheet pan and and working oven is all you need. Campfire or Open flame roasters. Basically a metal box with a long handle. Expanding on hoc_age's response ...
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What's the recommended way to roast coffee beans at home?

The best would be buying a home roaster, but that would be expensive. corn popper does an amazing job considering how cheap and easy it is. (hair drying is like corn popper in principle, but will ...
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Is it possible to grind then roast?

No. Unroasted coffee beans are denser and wetter than roasted beans and will not grind well. You will break your grinder trying, and even if the grinder succeeded, you'd get more of a mush than solid ...
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Home roasting and ventilation

I'm roasting with the Whirley-Pop so I doubt this will be too helpful to Chris, but I'll add my answer for the sake of completeness. The first time ever I roasted, I was waiting for a "second crack" ...
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What are the reasons to roast coffee yourself?

been roasting for at least 5months now,,and I'd say the reasons in roasting your own coffee is that you get to experiment which and what kind of roast that specific bean is, you'd be able to go deep ...
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Reduce power of popcorn popper for roasting coffee

I'm a little surprised that you need to reduce temps on a 1200watt device. I had the opposite issue but similar techniques might help you. I looked at the system as having 3 basic variables: ...
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How to methodically pick out coffee nuances

I think it simply develops with experience. Bear in mind that typically those cupping notes are often written down as they carry out (hopefully) systematic cupping sessions. I wouldn't expect those ...
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How to methodically pick out coffee nuances

A well sourced coffee that has been properly roasted and brewed can be amazingly sweet. It's not the same kind of sweetness of cane sugar, but maybe milk is a better example. Milk is not entirely ...
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What are the common Ethiopia Sidamo roast suggestions?

Actually it depends where you want to use your coffee. If you are using you coffee in an espresso machine, you may want to prefer a darker roast, maybe Vienna Roast. Just a bit darker than medium. ...
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Can Coffee Beans Be Re-Roasted?

I assumed this wouldn't work in the way you'd hope. I did a little research and it appears that the consensus on this is that "reroasting" beans don't really work because you end up ...
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What are the reasons to roast coffee yourself?

The only reason for me is flavor. I was never that big a coffee fan until I got turned onto home roasting. I know it's not just vanity, because all the hardcore coffee drinkers I know go absolutely ...
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Is it possible to further roast instant coffee granules?

No, I don’t think that’s feasible. When you roast coffee beans, the beans undergo chemical changes that create the desirable flavor components. When you afterwards grind the beans and brew your ...
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Are there places in Belgium or netherlands where you can buy coffee green beans for agricultural reasons?

For other people from Belgium or the netherlands who were searching for green coffee beans to farm. I found a website where you can buy them. https://www.onszaden.nl/zoeken?s=koffie
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Replace gear in Whirly-Pop with metal

Don't think you can replace only the gears, but I found lots of places selling replacement lids with heavy duty gears. Check the link out below: WhirleyPopShop I googled 'metal gears for whirley ...
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Where to measure ET on drum roaster

I too have an RK Drum used over an old Brinkmann All-In-One cooker with an 55 rpm electric motor attached. I wish I could get bean mass temp! And a trier... fantastic. But all I can do is put a ...
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Where to measure ET on drum roaster

I'm not very familiar with the Kaldi roaster. From what little I've read, most buyers are pretty happy with it. I built a home roaster about a year ago using equipment from RK Drums, which requires a ...
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Roast Profile vs Rest Time, any connection?

This relationship is often discussed on coffee websites that I visit, such as such as http://www.home-barista.com and http://www.greencoffeebuyingclub.com. I have had a similar experience, although my ...
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Roasting suggestion for Behmor 1600+ for Rwandan beans

Your times are right where they should be. Can you control the airflow and/or temps while you are roasting in a Behmor? If so, try to increase the airflow near or after the first crack.
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Can I reduce harmful terpenes?

From healthline.com - Research has shown that drinking five cups of coffee daily from a French press brewing method can increase blood cholesterol levels by 6 to 8 percent. Five cups, every day, ...
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Home Roasting with Fresh Roast SR500

Simple Roasting Fill roast chamber to fill line. 4 full scoops, about 135 g. Fan speed fully clockwise (HIGH) Set Temp to LOW Press Up Arrow button until Timer reads 9.9 Press RUNCOOL button to ...
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Home Roasting with Fresh Roast SR500

After plugging the roaster in I raise the timer to 9.9. If you do consecutive roasts it will hold this time as long as you do not unplug the roaster. I fill the roaster with the appropriate amount of ...
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