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11 years 9 months ago #2419 by colin
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Coffee is the flammable object Zaz.

Coffee is at or near the flash-point when it is nearing completion.
It is not a case of if, but when.

I need to repeat this over and over because it is a fact.

Remeber kids: Where there is smoke, there is fire.

That is what pyrolysis is people... Fire.

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11 years 9 months ago #2420 by Visitor
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Colin: that was a terrific pic - what should we call such a thing? way WAY beyond Italian roast - Polish roast?

\"roastin' like a house on fire\" !!! yeooowww

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11 years 9 months ago #2431 by Zazenmaster
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colin wrote:

Coffee is the flammable object Zaz.


Ya right, Colin. I see the fire trucks outside my local roastery on a daily basis.

Look, if you go to a site about scuba diving, for example, you'd expect to see at lot of information about great locations for diving, and a sensible amount of safety information. You would NOT expect a comment like \"You're going to die a horrible death of the bends so don't even try this sport.\"

Similarly on a web site devoted to coffee, I'd expect lots of information about how terrific it is to try beans from different countries and trying your own blends, and a sensible amount of safety information. I do NOT expect comments like \"You're going to die tragically in a bean fire so don't even try roasting\". But that's what we're getting here.

The negativity towards roasting on this site simply doesn't jive with my altogether positive experience with roasting.

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11 years 9 months ago #2432 by colin
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Zazenmaster wrote:

colin wrote:

Coffee is the flammable object Zaz.


Look, if you go to a site about scuba diving, for example, you'd expect to see at lot of information about great locations for diving, and a sensible amount of safety information. You would NOT expect a comment like \"You're going to die a horrible death of the bends so don't even try this sport.\"

Similarly on a web site devoted to coffee, I'd expect lots of information about how terrific it is to try beans from different countries and trying your own blends, and a sensible amount of safety information. I do NOT expect comments like \"You're going to die tragically in a bean fire so don't even try roasting\". But that's what we're getting here.

The negativity towards roasting on this site simply doesn't jive with my altogether positive experience with roasting.

Robb:huh: :huh:


Uhm - I think you are reading in comments that do not exist.
Besides - my stance is based more on snobbery and science fact (about the fact that small amounts of roast green coffee simply do not live up to their potential...)

There is no such statement here - that the World will end if you start roasting.
I am just saying, there are hazards above and beyond making a slice of toast...
and yes, I have seen first hand what happens when a Pop-Tart goes up in smoke.

Cheers,

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11 years 9 months ago #2433 by HappyCamper
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colin wrote:

Coffee is at or near the flash-point when it is nearing completion.
It is not a case of if, but when.


I think the flash point of coffee is 492 F whereas my roaster has a maximum temperature of 482 F. If the machine is properly maintained (ie. chaff removed, etc.) and properly used (ie. not unattended, etc.) I don't see why or even how a fire would occur. Are you really saying that fires from a high end home roaster like the HotTop or GeneCafe are \"not a case of if, but when\"? In my research I haven't encountered this view before.

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11 years 9 months ago #2438 by java
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I cannot speak to the home roaster, I do know that professionally speaking roaster fires happen. When i attended a roaster maintenance workshop in May, roaster fires was a topic of in-depth discussion. Roaster fires happen, it just a fact. Having your roaster well maintained will be key in cutting down your risk. Smaill fires can happen, and almost go unnoticed. Distractions happen....Be prepared...Be aware...Knowledge is a good thing :)

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