Sunday/ the many ways to roast green coffee beans

I walked down 12th Avenue to the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room that opened here in Capitol Hill in Seattle on Friday.  The feel of the inside is somewhat like that of a microbrewery, with the industrial equipment in use and on display.  I’m sure it’s quite a treat to see the roasted coffee beans come out of the roaster, but I did not have time to wait for the next batch to come out.   I just did a quick walk-through and checked out the equipment on display.  The place was packed with people.

So how do you like your coffee?  I checked out Wikipedia’s entry for coffee roasting, and compiled this list –

22 °C (72 °F) Green Beans
165 °C (329 °F) Drying Phase
196 °C (385 °F) Cinnamon Roast
205 °C (401 °F) New England Roast
210 °C (410 °F) American Roast
219 °C (426 °F) City Roast
225 °C (437 °F) Full City Roast
230 °C (446 °F) Vienna Roast
240 °C (464 °F) French Roast
245 °C (473 °F) Italian Roast
250 °C (482 °F) Spanish Roast

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Here’s the main entrance ..
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.. and this is a roaster. The green beans are fed into the copper cylinder and roasted and then cooled in the big rotating pan in the foreground.

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