Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I roasted some Colombian and Kenya AA coffee this weekend using my Gene Cafe roaster. It works pretty well, except that it was designed for 220v systems, not 110 like in the U.S. I purchased the right model (for use in the U.S.) but it seems to heat and roast slowly. Most batches take 17-18 minutes to reach a slow first-crack. I've been running for 5 minutes to preheat the roaster which seems to help. My only complaint is that coffee ends up tasting "baked" with muted flavors. I enjoy that it's much more quiet than the "i roar" I used for a few years, and it handles larger batches. If I had it over, I would spend the extra money for a better drum roaster. Oh well, these are my luxury problems.