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It Could have Been Worse – Roasting Accident
Monday, August 4, 2014
It should be fairly widely known by this point that I work for Hottop and I have been using their roasters long before I became employed under contract to them. My use predates my employment by about eleven years! While there are others who have likely roasted more batches of coffee on a Hottop, no one has been roasting in the US longer on Hottops than I. And as embarrassing as this story may be for me to relate, it is a good lesson for all who home roast.
I had a very long day this past Saturday. I work out of the home all week and my wife works at her office, so the daily commute and full-time hours for her are tiring. She loves her job, but still.. So I made Saturday a shopping time to let her stay home and keep watch over the pup and to just relax. I left the house just after seven AM and hit the 24 hour grocery store, Wallyworld to pick up a pair of orthotics for my newly acquired planter fasciitis, then over to the craft store to get a couple of picture frames on sale (buy one, get one free plus a 20% off coupon!) for two posters I had printed at my next stop. Costco, to get gas and where I also did some food shopping. From there it was up the hill to visit mom in the care facility where she now resides. I was awake at just after five and it was around 12:30PM by the time I got home.
Keeping with the coffee theme, here is one of the posters I had printed.
The monkey image was from the Internet and then modified, so this one is for my personal use only.
The framed poster is 20" x 30"
The humidity has been high, and the temperatures all week ran in the high 90's to around 100. I realized that I had to roast a batch of coffee if I wanted it to have its customary two or three days rest, so out to the garage at about 5:30 to get it done. As you likely know, my KN-8828B-2K Hottop is equipped with the the HTC+TC4C boards and I control it with my 10” laptop. When first plugged into the laptop and Roastlogger is started I know that communication is achieved when the temperatures sensed by the probes are displayed on the GUI in RoastLogger. Before the heating element was energized they read 100F! I have had a problem with the roasts getting away from me late in the profile so had to be particularly vigilant to keep the reins tight. I actually did pretty well and got a good total roast time.
So the lesson should be as obvious as the aroma of Robusta (and the smell of seared flesh).
As Mom taught all of us, “Hot! Don't touch! HOT!”