Dark Roast Help!


#1

I am totally new to the Ikawa Home Roaster and, indeed, purchased mine second hand via the Coffee Forums UK site.

I usually use Old Brown Java beans and I like a very dark (almost black and slightly oily) roast. I find that gives me the coffee I want to drink from my La Marzocco GS/3 MP.

Can some kind soul please post or send me a suitable profile to program into my Ikawa Home? I really don’t know where to start with this so any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance and regards,
David


#2

Hi David

There are plenty on this forum far more expert than I am and I’m sure they’ll advise once they’ve seen your post. In the meantime a good starting point might be. https://share.ikawa.support/profile_home/?CAESENfdfqpUv080iNUdWe51Zz4aGDUgRnVsbCBDaXR5IFNlY29uZCBDcmFjayIFCAAQ9AMiBgjaBBDMDiIGCJMiEMcTIgYIligQvRQiBgiYLxDFFioFCAAQzAEqBgiTDhCnASoGCJgvEK8BMAE6BgibOBC/AWIBMA==
When you click on the link it should download straight onto the Ikawa app.

Hope this helps
Mike


#3

Hi Mike,

Thank you. I shall give it a try later today!

Cheers!

David


#4

I am not sure if this will work for you but you can try it.


https://share.ikawa.support/profile_home/?CAESEJTyFLxPIEBBnMrpzCzD6QoaEEEgNS4xMzEuNCAodi4gNSkiBQgAEPQDIgYIuQMQygsiBgiqEhCHDSIGCMIWEPAPIgYIvCsQgBQiBgiiMhCIFCoFCAAQ2AEqBgjVFxDbASoGCKIyELUBMAE6Bgj6NhC4AUIKCgASABoAIgAoAA==
it was made for Northern Sumatrans so relatively close to Java. I would also recommend resting the beans for around a week.


#5

Thanks … I will give it a try but looking at it (as if I am an expert(!)) I am not sure it will be dark enough so I may need to try to extend it … I am looking for a very dark, shiny bean. I also note what you say about resting. I have been using a Gene Cafe for a number of years and always rest. Prior to that I was using a Behmor.


#6

Alter the profile as you see fit, your intuition is probably right. This profile was for a SHB and I find this arching profiles are best with dense hard beans, soft beans do a lot better with sustained hotter temps.

If you mimic your ET from your other roaster and translate the temp ranges to the Ikawa, I would guess that you’d be in the ball park for sure.


#7

There are a couple of profiles at the end of this IKAWA blog post:

They’d probably need modification if you want an oily surface. I rarely touch second crack, so I wouldn’t know.