Does anyone know where I can ge hold of one of those taiwanese electric mini-roasters that teacuppa used to sell? They are like the total gadget
Trip to Taiwan?
I love mine, sometimes I put tea I don't like in and roast just to fill the house with that smell.
btw - I have it from experienced roasters that a lot of doing it right is based on smell, supposedly you stir the tea when the smell changes instead of at a particular schedule.
I'm working on learning this skill, and don't have it quite dialed in, but there are definitely changes that are discernible. I think it might have to do with the bottom layer hitting the right dryness level and starting to head in the 'over-roast' direction. you catch that and stir and you prevent the 'over-roast' condition - which is leaves will be brittle and not unfurl or get soft when brewed.