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  1. A Look at  Flores Manu Lalu as Espresso

    A Look at Flores Manu Lalu as Espresso

    Wet process Flores makes fantastic single origin espresso. Have a look at our cupping notes.

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  2. A Guide to Air Roasters

    A Guide to Air Roasters

    When blowing hot air gives you solid results

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  3. Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

    Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

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  4. How to Roast Coffee (circa 1850) !

    How to Roast Coffee (circa 1850) !

    When roasting at home was the primary method, and buying from a shop was your plan b !

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  5. The Golden Bean Bronze Medal Bullet Profile

    The Golden Bean Bronze Medal Bullet Profile

    Check out Julio's award winning profile.

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  6. Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Gahahe

    Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Gahahe

    Taking the "light and bright" approach to roasting Burundi Gahahe on the Behmor 1600+

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  7. Roasting Different Batch Sizes of Burundi on the Behmor 1600+

    Roasting Different Batch Sizes of Burundi on the Behmor 1600+

    What happens when you roast a coffee to the same roast level but at different rates of development?

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  8. Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo Coop

    Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo Coop

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  9. Live Stream: Intro to Home Roasting

    Live Stream: Intro to Home Roasting

    Roasting with an electric popcorn popper is easy! Watch our online, interactive demo on 9/6 and we'll show you how.

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  10. Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

    Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

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  11. Coffee Roasting Demo at The Berkeley Public Library

    Coffee Roasting Demo at The Berkeley Public Library

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  12. Coffee Roasting Basics: Nerd Nite Silicon Valley 6/25

    Coffee Roasting Basics: Nerd Nite Silicon Valley 6/25

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Recommended Air Popcorn Popper Design

Recommended Air Popcorn Popper Design

You must use a popper in which the hot air enters the popcorn chamber from side vents. We know of three types of this design: The West Bend Poppery II, The Popcorn Pumper, and the Popaire 2 by Hamilton Beach. You may find others that are of the same design; JC Penny brand for example. Recently folks have said that a Salton model sold at Target works, as does a Toastmaster model sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond. But any popper that looks like the photo below will work!

DO NOT attempt to use a popper where the hot air enters the popping chamber through a mesh-covered orifice on the bottom!!! This design is not safe for home coffee roasting and could ignite the chaff. The correct type of popper swirls the chaff upward and out of the popper into your chaff-collecting bowl.

We have tested all the poppers mentioned above, and prefer the Poppery II. It has the best chute design for home roasting and is rated at 1200 watts. We don't sell the poppers anymore - a long story - but you might be able to find them at a hardware store, thrift store or discount stores like Walmart or Kmart. If you have time to visit a few thrift stores, you will probably find the correct type of popper. You MUST buy one with all the plastic parts intact and uncracked, or else the roast chamber will not attain proper temperatures.

You can't be sure that a thrift store popper will work: some poppers have two heating elements and if one dies the popper will seem to function but never reach correct roasting temperatures. Also, some poppers are equipped with a circuit that, if overheated, will permanently disable the machine. It's a safety feature designed to prevent fires. On the other hand, most thrift store poppers cost around $2 so you won't have to hock the record collection if you buy a dud!