While roasting up my samples of the up coming Tanzanian cocoa (it's in - look for it over the weekend), I noticed how picture perfect it roasted up. They went from a slightly rough surface to a nice smooth surface. Just what you want to aim for. Also, unlike coffee, note there is not really any color change. It is virtually all texture.
If it isn't obvious, the roasted is on the left.
And, just to see the more in context, here they are just out of the Behmor.
This time the roasted is on the right. And for those that want to know, this was done on P1, 1 lb setting, 16:15 minutes on the Behmor. 2.25 lb roast size.
Oh, and to comment about the Behmor, the refurbished units, the waiting list, etc. I have a stock of roasters in. I am about 1/2 way through the waiting list. I have plenty of parts. Due to increased shipping costs, I am only offering for free either beans (coffee and cocoa) or a small grid drum. Not both.
Related to when Behmors will be available again to everyone who wants one, I will be out of town from the 22nd to July 10 to handle my mom's estate. No shipping or repairs during that time. Limited email. Very similar to when she actually died and I had to shut down. Behmors should be available mid July.
Take care folks.