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Wish List / Re: Photo/Camera
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:42:44 AM »
Thanks for the most comprehensive response Danny.
Shows what I know about iOS programming.
Its always enlightening, to be given the reasons why something is not as easy to do/implement as we think.
At last it appears that Apple are opening up the iOS API, in a way that can be used by developers.

Geoff - Enjoying a mug of 'real' coffee :-)

Roasting / Re: Prima popper - modified
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:48:21 PM »
Thanks for the compliments Danny.
The research was most interesting as you eluded to.

My roasting times have varied from 9'28" for 100g Kenyan Gatomboya I did this morning, stopping just into 2nd Crack, to 15min for Brazilian Fazendas Pantano Estate, but I didn't hear the 2nd Crack.
The fan noise is somewhat loud :-)
The shortest roast was 5min, and that was before I modified the popper.

Steep learning curve learning how temp effects flavour.
Beans have finished in colour from tan (City?) to nearly black and oily.
All, however, have been so much better than the bull manure available off the shelf from supermarkets.

It's been a well worthwhile project, just a pity I didn't do it years ago.
Next will be blending, as I do like Java/Mocha brew.

Interesting times ahead.

Geoff - NO summer this year again here in the UK. Cold, wet, overcast, so what's new? :-(

Roasting / Prima popper - modified
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:40:53 AM »
Hello everyone,
Thought I would post a link to the details of what I did to my Popper.

After being let down by a supplier, I realised that the only way to get consistent quality, and taste that suits me, was to roast my own.
The usual story of what turned into months of research, sourcing parts, stripping the popper, assembly, etc etc.
Burning out the 1amp PSU feeding the fan set me back whilst I searched for a more manly one, that turned out to be from a Laptop.

Did a couple of roasts on the stove, but electric hobs absolutely useless for heat control!
Then remembered I had a portable gas ring, and that was so much better.

I've now done seven roasts using the Prima, using six different kind of beans, and what a revelation it has been
Pun intended :-)
I use 100g green per roast, as any more would need a much higher fan speed, and I don't want to burn it out. That would really make my day.

I now decide on what I want!

Danny, you have produced a must-have App for us roasters.

Geoff - Experimenting every time I roast now.

Wish List / Re: Photo/Camera
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:25:05 AM »
Hello Danny,
Any further thoughts on adding this feature please.
It's a real PITA to take photos and then try to tie them in with the roast.
I really hope you add this soon.

Geoff - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Grovel grovel :-)
Will post details of my converted Prima popper

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