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Roasters Rock

by Rocky Rhodes

PROFILE SWAPPING

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here seems to be an increase in web traffic around the concept of being able to share profiles for particular coffees out there. This article discusses the pros and cons of attempting this.

When the topic of Profile Swapping came up, it conjured images of some sultry ’50 Shades of Brown’ references. Can you really have a healthy relationship with your coffee if you are going to let it freely spend time with other roasters? Profile swapping needs to have expectations set so no one feels cheated. It is curious to think of how one might get themselves to a place where seeking out the profile of someone else would have value on their own machine. This thinking is fraught with some of the obvious reasons that will make it impossible to do. Differences in machines, thermocouples, roasting conditions, different drum capacities, charge weights, stored thermal energy and in fact differences in the lots of coffee are all reasons that moving a profile from one machine to another “just doesn’t work”. It is common knowledge that these factors would make it impossible to move these profiles from one machine to another. And yet... people are doing it. Are they all just ignorant or is something else going on? Turns out that there is a little of both.

If you are trying to find ‘the right answer’ you ask the Brewers Cup Champion how they roasted a coffee and intend to match it exactly – that makes you fall into the ignorant camp. For all of the reasons listed above you will fail at profile matching. If you are trying to ‘get pretty close’ and then finish off the profile on your own machine, then you may be on to something! There are some pretty solid examples of this being done with good results. For it to work however you will needs two important things: A plan and a tool! Let’s explore both. A Plan for Profile Swapping Since you know that just copying the profile won’t work, a plan for how to execute on this is key. The following suggested plan has worked but can always be improved. It is up to you on how much work you want to do yourself vs. letting someone else do it. Step 1: Match the green coffee. If you are even going to get similar results you will need similar coffee. In the profile swapping I have witnessed, it was for the exact same lot of coffee. If you don’t have that then you need to be as close as possible or why are you using the profile in the first place. An example of close but not exact coffee would be Same Farm – Different Lot. Perhaps it is

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