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Old 04-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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Converted to an Original Poppery

Mad Dawg and Spiny Norman got me hooked on fresh roast and fresh roasting years ago...............:lots ocoffee:....

After they both bombed me with bags of roasted goodness and I tasted true coffee for the first time I was hooked for life. I had bought a cheap blade grinder and a french press but had no roaster. I picked up a Poppery II on eBay for cheap and was all set for starting my latest obsession! That Poppery II has lasted me about 8 years roasting once to twice a week and is still going strong. I got to thinking the other day while roasting a batch what would I do if my faithful popper was to give out.

What I did was hop out on eBay again, watch a few Original Poppery's sell to see what they were going for and then finally put a bid in on one. Wound up paying more than I wished I had.....BUT....after roasting about 5-6 batches through it I'm real glad I did! I do have some comments though as well as questions for you guys that also use the Original Poppery.

My Poppery II would have beans to first crack in 3 minutes and hitting second crack usually around 5.5 to 6 minutes. Through all of the batches so far in the Original, first crack starts around 4.5 to 5 minutes and second crack doesn't come around until close to 9 minutes. I know the new popper is a higher wattage so I figured the times would at least stay close to what the Poppery II was producing. The only thing I think is probably affecting the time is the sheer force of the fan and air circulation. The beans are tumbling hard as soon as the power comes on where in the II they would move but not tumble big time until the heat had lightened the beans some.

Could that be the reasons for the times being extended?
What kind of timelines do you guys see with yours?
Could the heater just be weak or possibly the thermostat just set to low?

Just curious to see what you all have to say.

I will say that the roast it is turning out is a much better roast than I was getting with the Poppery II. All of the batches so far (Konga, Bob O' Link, Nic Maragogype and Ethiopian Yirg Chelektu) have been amazingly better coming from the new popper. The flavors and nuances that made the beans special seem to be stepped up another notch completely! The Konga has been much much better and the Nic is like drinking a completely different coffee than it tasted coming out of the Poppery II. Not sure what is causing the rise in taste quality in the cup but I'm liking it!!
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