Fluid coffee bed roasters are often seen as the premium choice in the coffee industry. Rather than heating the coffee beans directly on a hot surface, these roasters use hot, moving air to roast the beans. This method results in more evenly roasted beans, which ultimately results in a better cup of coffee. With practice, people come to find fluid bed coffee roasters fairly easy to use. However, when you're new to using this type of roaster, you're likely to find the following tips handy.
Roast to "first crack" first.
When you are first using your fluid coffee bed roaster, do a few batches that you only roast to "first crack." In other words, once you hear the coffee beans start to crack for the first time, turn off the roaster and remove the beans. The beans, at this stage, should be roasted to a light roast. It is helpful to have a gauge as to how roasted the beans are after the first crack so you can adjust accordingly from there. Some fluid bed coffee roasters roast extraordinarily fast, so you might find that the coffee is almost a medium roast by the time you react to the first crack and start getting the beans out.
Always empty the chafe compartment.
As your coffee beans roast, the chafe will fly off and be collected in a separate chafe chamber. It is lightweight, so it automatically gets pushed upwards by the heated air. It is important that you empty the chafe compartment after every roast. While every fluid bed coffee roaster is set up a little differently, most don't have chafe compartments large enough to hold too many roasts worth of chafe, and you'll block airflow if you don't clean the chafe out often enough.
Let the cool cycle run.
After you remove your coffee beans, the coffee roaster will likely kick into a cool cycle in which it circulates cool air through its mechanisms. Sometimes people ignore this cycle and just unplug the coffee maker, but that's a bad idea. The cooling cycle cools the equipment down so it does not suffer any damage from prolonged heat. Don't unplug the coffee roaster until this cooling cycle is complete. It should turn itself off after the cycle.
With these tips, you should have an easier time using your fluid bed coffee roaster to its fullest. A great cup of coffee is just around the corner.
For more info about fluid bed coffee roasters, contact a local company.