GARAGE ROASTING

During winter time coffee roasting on the balcony is quite cold and icy. Fortunately, we have a large garage that is perfect for coffee roasting :)

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The drum has a capacity of 5 lbs coffee beans in one session

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The rotisserie spear is fastened to the drum

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The grill is fired up and the rotisserie starts running

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An electric motor is turning the drum with constant speed during roasting

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The roasting process takes approximately 45 minutes

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Until the beans start popping maximum power is used

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The popping at first crack starts when the beans’ core temperature is 390 F (200 C)

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You may open the lid to inspect the roasting but be careful to keep the drum hot

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There is considerable smoke development at second crack when the core temperature has reached 440 F (225 C)

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The roasted coffee is cooled on tin pans

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During roasting chaff is produced by silver skin separating from the beans

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Chaff may be removed manually or by careful blowing of air, but this may be both time consuming and messy. Therefore I have constructed a simple prototype of a chaff removing machine.

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It is made of a ventilation tube with a perforated lid in the lower end, here seen upside down.

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Roasted beans with all the chaff is poured into the upper end of the tube

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The vacuum cleaner tube is fastened to an air tight lid in the upper end, and the vacuum cleaner is started. The chaff is easily sucked up by the vacuum while the beans remain in the lower end of the tube.

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The roasted coffee beans are stored in vacuum containers to keep them fresh and prevent oxidation

HIMALAYAN ARABICA

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Recently I recieved another delivery of 77 lbs (35 kg) green Arabica coffee beans from Nepal.

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Greenland Organic Farm produces excellent coffee in the hillsides of the Himalayas. This coffee has become a favorite among my colleagues and friends.

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Raj Kumar Banjara is a real enthusiast among coffee farmers, he produces Bourbon Arabica coffee 4000 ft (1200 m) above sea level. I discovered this producer on an Internet trading site and was really excited when the coffee arrived only two days after leaving Kathmandu with DHL Express. I was not disappointed, the coffee smelled fantastic during roasting and tasted even better.

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At Greenland Organic Farm they grow both tea and coffee in the beautifull hill sides of the Himalayas.

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Himalayan Arabica coffee grown in the shadow of larger trees

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The coffee berries are harvested by hand

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The coffee is wet processed before the beans are sun dried, sorted and packaged

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Images from Nepal used with permission from Raj Kumar Banjara