This site created to document the feeding of my coffee addiction. My girlfriend introduced me to fresh roasted (at home) single source coffees and I’ve been spoiled by it ever since. Regular coffee has been forever ruined for me and now I need the good stuff.
As a result beginning April 14, 2010 I now have a Fresh Roast SR500. We started with a Fresh Roast Plus 8 and the SR500 and the SR300 were the replacement models for it. I’ve spent several months using the Plus 8 roasting coffee for us while visiting and I’ve admired the simplicity and of course the wonderful coffee. After getting the SR500 I began the process of figuring out how it works and how to improve upon it or at least track it. The blog will document some of the roasting and my thoughts on various equipment and beans.
One further obsession from all of this was triggered when I realized that the control mechanisms of most home roasters are horribly limiting. I had begun researching and created some electronic circuits in a simulator that effectively controls a simulated heater device and fan through a series of heat adjustments. In summer of 2010 I began working with physical microcontrollers as well as touch screens and other devices.
As time goes on I will continue purchasing various parts and build an automated roasting controller. At this time my intent is to allow simple control of roasting profiles with both heat and fan adjustments and providing feedback about current temperatures, desired temperatures, and how well those profiles are met by the controller. It will then estimate time remaining / time of completion. Once a roast is finished it will store the details to allow you to analyze each roast and attempt to let you recreate the roast at a later time.
It is my hope that I could eventually program the system to ask you certain details about your upcoming roast and beans and have the system suggest roasting profiles based on those answers and previous preferences. Ultimately if this works out well the system should be able to be adapted quickly to most any roaster.
In addition to my addiction to coffee I do a lot of gourmet cooking, and photography. For fun I (try to) play guitar (I own 6 guitars), am trying to learn piano, and I run several websites about aquariums.