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HB 2nd Annual Home Roasting Competition
Home-Barista announces it's 2nd annual Home Roasting Competition! There is a new format this year with several new categories to enter. Whether you roast for brewed or espresso, SO or blends there's a category for you. For complete details go to
Edited by farmroast on 01/14/2011 6:57 PM
Ed B.
DreamRoast 1kg roaster, Levers, Hand Mills
Who else is in?
I ordered from SM this weekend, since I am close to them should have the beans by tomorrow.
Not knowing what the bean are will be an interesting twist on things, and I have not gotten the hang of blends yet, maybe this will help that.

Congrats to all of the folks that participated - I've lost track of all of the HRO contenders, but Rama took home the big prize and Sherman and Ed did well also. Tom of SM put some some videos of his judging that you might enjoy also.
Congrats to Rama!
Sean Harrington
I did learn something about my green bean storage. For the SO brewed I decided to pull a 2008 Panama Esmeralda Gesha economy lot out of the stash. This had been vac. packed in a canning jar with a Foodsaver attachment. since arrival. This is a strong aromatics coffee that can easily lose it with age. Tom was surprised to find no signs of age and I was relieved to find out. The vintage coffee tied for 1st
I had trouble embedding Toms You Tube videos in this post, but they can be quickly found in my recent post on my blog link below
Edited by farmroast on 03/06/2011 6:38 PM
Ed B.
DreamRoast 1kg roaster, Levers, Hand Mills
I have to enter this next time around.
I'm wondering how well my cherry processing, drying, etc, and roasting compares.
Very cool! Ed - did you freeze the greens or just vac then in the jar?
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jkoll42 wrote:
Very cool! Ed - did you freeze the greens or just vac then in the jar?

I store them in a "dead" freezer for some stability.
Ed B.
DreamRoast 1kg roaster, Levers, Hand Mills
ED, Sherman, Rama


very cool and what great work. WOW we are proud of you guys!!

love ya all,


Rama took the top prize with a SO and blend entry for brew; truly impressive, IMHO and I would've loved to been at the cupping table for brew, figuring that farmroast's vac-sealed Geisha would've thrown the rest of the field for a loop Grin.

Again, I was present during the espresso judging and even took part as a guest judge, although my input wasn't really weighted. I did, however, have a chance to taste all of the SO and blend espresso entries.

What is more impressive than anything else is that the overall quality of roasts was very high, regardless of roasting device. No tipping, scorching or other roast defects were visible upon visual inspection, and the shots were all good. While the shots in the bottom half (including mine!) were all OK (I wouldn't have a problem paying for them at a cafe), the top 3 truly stood out.

Participating in the judging, as well as continuing to roast on my HG/BM setup, reaffirms my belief that there are only 2 only requirements for producing high quality roasts:

1) a roasting device whose heat inputs are responsive and can be directly controlled, and

2) an individual who understands both the idiosyncrasies of their chosen device and has a good working knowledge of the roast process, bean selection and influencing factors.

Again we had equipment from all corners: farmroast's super-customized SC/TO, Hottop, HG/BM, a few Quest M3s, and even a pro-style Mini 500. Just goes to show that you gotta know how to use the equipment.

If you want to get better as a roaster and get better results in the cup, you've got to put yourself out there for criticism and be willing to accept criticism. These types of events give us just such an opportunity.

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