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    Wood fire roasted coffee

    Has anybody tried wood fire roasting coffee? I have been experimenting with a modified pellet Grill. They are easy to control the temp but the problem I have is the chaff doesn't come off the bean. Anything I can do about it?

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    I wouldn't bother. I tried it once, not good. Coffee beans do not soak in the good flavor components that meats do. Actually they do not soak in anything. What does happen is that they get covered with a sheen of creosote. Leaves a bitter, biting taste. Not good.

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    I saw one in use in Brazil. It was a 120 kilo...I didn't get a chance to taste the coffee but what you say makes sense Len. Can you imagine how big of a pain in the ass maintenance would be on that machine??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolbuddie View Post
    Has anybody tried wood fire roasting coffee? I have been experimenting with a modified pellet Grill. They are easy to control the temp but the problem I have is the chaff doesn't come off the bean. Anything I can do about it?
    for peanuts, YES. for roasting green coffee, definitely NO.


    Glad that it got something positive going for a change.
    Last edited by ensoluna; 12-21-2016 at 06:17 PM.

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    Coffee-Tech Engineering in Israel offers a wood fired version of their 15 kg Ghibli commercial production roaster. It uses a heat exchange system to prevent woodsmoke from tainting the roast.

    Ghibli Firewood Commercial | Coffee-tech Engineering
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    Mill City Roasters

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    We used to work with Caffe D'arte back in the day. Mauro is one of the most respected and influential people in the industry, and his wood roasted is worth trying to get an idea of what's possible.
    So, Yes, you can do it, AND you can do it well... but it takes a bit more finessing and craft than using a gas or electric powered roaster.

    https://secure.caffedarte.com/wood-roasted-coffees


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    How in the world do you control the temperature? Sounds like a nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillCityRoasters View Post
    Coffee-Tech Engineering in Israel offers a wood fired version of their 15 kg Ghibli commercial production roaster. It uses a heat exchange system to prevent woodsmoke from tainting the roast.

    Ghibli Firewood Commercial | Coffee-tech Engineering
    Very glad that it got something positive going for a change.

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    Well I have been roasting it for a while like this with no problem you mentioned. To get the creosote that you mention you would need to use inferior wood Plus were talking about roasting versus smoking which I think you're talking about smoking is done a lot lower temp.

    You do realize that coffee was all originally roasted with wood fire there are a lot of places that still do it in over in Italy there's even a few in the United States.



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    Very easy it has a thermocouple and I can set the temp to whatever I want

 

 
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