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My wife is Nuts
So our 8 yr anniversary is fast approaching I was not really thinking much about gifts and BAMM! My wife goes out and gets me a Gene Cafe roaster "surprise" she says!

My wife is nuts, what an excellent but seriously expensive gift.

I decided to do a test batch with 8 oz's of some Columbia.
Set it for 445F at 10min. The beans were starting to yellow at 8min.
So I knew to add more time, added 5 min to the total.
I think first crack was taking place by 12-13min.
Then at 15 min the cooling phase began.
The whole cooling seemed quite slow about 11 min.

All and all things went pretty smooth. I love the control of this thing.
My wife is the best, 8yrs feels like forever but in a good way, you know?

My only concern was the cooling it was waaaay too long.
Quite sure this batch is baked 15min to roast 11min to cool.

Does anyone actually use the cooling on this machine?
Or should the beans be dumped into an external cooler?

Thanks, Greg-
Well now........ that's not suppose to happen!
John Despres
Excellent! And happy birthday, Greg. Your wife is a gem.

I do not use the internal cooling. You can make one pretty easily with a small shop vac, bucket and a colander. For the time being, you can hit cool a bit early and let it coast to a finish.

Have fun!

Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
MY PREVIOUS POST........I've read about all the contraptions to cool the beans. Often times the simplest is best. I move my appliances, (toaster, paper towel rack and soap dispenser ) off my kitchen counter and pour the beans onto the counter and spread them out with one of those pasta scoop things, ( like a big curved fork). Approx. a 2ft x 2 ft space is plenty of space for 1/2 lb of coffee. They cool in 2-3 minutes as opposed to 8-9 minutes in the machine. Butttt.. prior to spilling them on the counter, I place those cooling packs ( the kind you put in your "Igloo" ) that I've taken out of the freezer and place a bunch them on the counter for the approx 20 minutes that it's taking to roast till I'm ready to "spill". Just before I "spill" I remove the ice packs. It really cools down the counter top which speeds the cooling of the beans......Easy and simple.
Oh, I forgot. I have a nylon sleeve I put the ice packs in ( they stay in the nylon sleeve in the freezer). If you just put the ice pack on the counter they will sweat and get the counter top wet and wet your beans. "Don't wet your beans"
Say, why not one of those marble slabs they use for cooling fudge!?
Randy G
Pour beans into paste drainer or colander and shake a bit. If done outdoors, place colander on top of a fan. Takes about 1 minute to cool. In the garage, when it is quite hot, I have a small, round floor-style fan. lowing up it clears the stray chaff nicely as well as cools. YMMV.

Life's too short to drink bad coffee.


Dan wrote:

Say, why not one of those marble slabs they use for cooling fudge!?

When I roast in the popper, I dump the load to a full sheet pan and lay the pan on our granite kitchen table. Cools fast.

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
Ok so the last week went like this......

Argh, this thing has shut off in the middle of the last three roasts.
Now I can't even turn it on! Back to Roastmaters it goes.
They ask me all kinds of necessary questions like "Did you clean the chaff bin?"

Then it went back to the store Tuesday.....
We were promised it would be handled before the end of the same day.
Turns out it was some lose wire that separated from the chip board.
The distributor had to talk the Roastmasters owner Barry through a repair.
I guess he just had to open it and solder this one connection.
Then tested a couple of batches to make sure it worked.

Later that evening...
They said it might have happened during shipping since it comes from Korea. That it possibly was damaged in route or at least that's what I was told.
Also if there were ANY problems to call right away.

Got it back today and it works great now!

I have to say we were pretty disappointed in a machine that costs 500 bucks.
To have something wrong with it right away was very strange.

But Roastmasters handled it right away, they were very helpful and polite.
I was impressed with their customer service staff and desire to make it right.

There was even 2 free lbs of coffee waiting for me today.
Which was a nice gesture considering it was not really their fault.

I'm not affiliated with them in any way just happy about the way it all turned out. Thought you guys would like to know since some of us do business with them.

Well now........ that's not suppose to happen!


When I roast in the popper, I dump the load to a full sheet pan and lay the pan on our granite kitchen table. Cools fast

I also use a baking tray on a Zodiac kitchen counter, but I keep it in the freezer during the roasting process. Actually, 2 or 3 mins is all it takes to make it VERY cold.
Barrie (San Diego, CA)
"So much to learn, so little time."
Hottop 2K+., Artisan, Jura Capresso ENA 3 (i.e. espresso).
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