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How to Dark Roast in the Behmor 1600+

Consistently, the biggest complaint that we hear about the Behmor is that you “can’t roast coffee dark enough”.  With the safety features installed it can certainly be a challenge at times.  Here are a few quick tips to get you on your way: (Dark Roasting does have a risk of fire, and can damage your machine. Keep a fire extinguisher handy). Lower your batch size - increase your batch setting.  Try roasting 8-10oz of coffee beans on the 1 LB setting, and it will be easier to roast darker. Use the “C” button to extend your roasting time.  Once you get the hang of it, it is possible to do larger batches (we’ve done up to 20 ozs of green...

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Behmor Cooling Experiments - Door Open vs Shut

Curious about the optional “door- open cooling” method mentioned in the Behmor 1600 user’s manual? (Top of Page 11, “7. Quicker Cool-down Option”)  Perhaps you’ve heard of other home roasters using it, or maybe you use it, but don’t really know what the effect is. The Short Answer  We generally prefer cooling with the door open, and suggest you try it...it’s worth the extra chaff. The Long Answer Well, we’ve been experimenting with roasting the same coffee, and only changing whether we let it cool with the door open or closed.  We took 3 different green coffee beanss, and roasted them twice each following the same recipes to test out how the differences in cooling affect your cup of coffee....

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Setting up a Home Cupping Lab

Thinking about setting up a cupping at your home and not sure where to start?  Let us walk you through some of the considerations that will help you feel confident in your setup. We won’t be going into detail about how to cup coffee, as you can read more about that here (insert link).  Only focusing on what types of materials you have that you can use, or what you may want to think about purchasing. First off, let’s start by saying cupping is supposed to be a relatively easy, and straightforward way to evaluate coffee.  Cupping was designed to be able to go anywhere in the world and use a relatively standardized approach.  Whether in a remote village in...

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How to Cup Coffee at Home

Ever wonder how your favorite coffee shop decided to buy and roast the particular bean you drank this morning, over the thousands of other coffees out there? In short, they cupped it. Cupping is the coffee industry’s standardized way for tasting coffee. But don’t let the profession’s strict, formal process for evaluating and scoring coffee (or the slurping and spitting) intimidate you...or gross you out. At its core, cupping is simply an apples-to-apples taste test. Here’s how you can cup coffee at home: The Short Answer (for The Long Answer, click here) Choose two coffees to compare  Keep everything the same except the beans you’re tasting. The 3 most important things to hold constant are: Water temperature (~200 F /...

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