I learned a valuable lesson today: NEVER leave your roaster alone while you go to do other things. After roasting some Ottolina Classica to a gentle second crack, and this taking 10.5 minutes, I put on another batch at that time setting. I go into my living room to do some quick web surfing. Next thing I know the smoke alarm is blaring. I run into the kitchen to find it filled with thick, sweet smelling smoke. The beans are absolutely charcoaled (like starbucks) and the timer seems to be stuck somewhere in the cooling cycle. I can't for the life of me understand why this roast has turned out so dark?. Maybe it got stuck earlier in the cycle too and managed to get lose on its own. Anyway I rip out the power and proceed to the smoke alarm. It gets a violent treatment for I can't remember how to turn it off. I rip it off the ceiling and take out the battery. Ahhh, silence.
It took some time to get the smell out of my apartment...believe me.
Well, got to do some more roasting.
Happy new year to all who reads this post. I wish you all the best and lots of good coffee in the year to come. 12/31/2004 03:51:00 PM