by, 01-11-2011 at 07:19 AM (697 Views)
it was cold, really cold.
snow was falling and the young ones
were all sound asleep.
i had gone to the coffee shop earlier in the day
and picked up the motherload of green beans.
it was a win-win situation, seeing he has no use for
robusta and only sells arabica to his clientele.
he had a client years ago he roasted for but she hasn't come back
in years. when i called a few weeks ago i could tell he was happy.
the first batches came out OK. i don't have a very good roasting technique.
i don't allow the oils to come out, but i do allow everything to get black, really black
inside and out, crumbly and carbonized.
this night was no different.
when everyone was sleeping, i took the plate and plugged it in.
i cleared the snow off the ground first with a few good sweeps of my foot.
i got some of the greenbeans and poured them into the metal tin and eventually
they began to sizzle,
i worked them with the spoon and eventually they browned and were shiney
then black as night.
the snow continued , the smoke was thick as they roasted.
i figured they were done, and poured them into a bin to cool for the night.
the next day i ground them up and made some more coffee in the perk.
after it cooled it went downstairs where i mixed with soda and the vitamins.
3 rolls were ready and on reels
it was just enough fluid for all of them.
35-30mins later they washed and were hanging to dry
and i picked the young ones up at school.
the turned out OK, nice grain and stain.
and no uneven development.