Some weeks ago I had to return an Alpenrost that I had been borrowing from a friend. Not that I used it all the time, but I miss the excellent drip and press coffee I could produce from those ultra-fresh beans. A danish dealer called www.espressokaffe.dk is selling the G3Ferrari popper, so I put in an order for one yesterday. It is quite inexpensive so it won't matter that much if this style of roasting doesn't work out for me. Still, everyone says and writes that popper roasting is fun and easy. Only negative is the small amount of beans per batch and the fast roast time that can give less body and more acidity in the cup. I'm also curious to the amount of smoke produced. I will be mainly roasting for drip so I don't really think it will be a problem. With the Alp I would mount a tube on the exhaust and put the other end out the window. That worked nicely. I'm curious to know if the popper will produce a more even roast than the Alp. I think that was its biggest negative, and not the least the fact that one couldn't watch the roast progressing.
Tomorrow I'll spend most of the day visiting a big roaster here in Oslo. Looking forward to it. 7/22/2003 12:23:00 PM