"Espresso! My Espresso!"
An Ongoing Internet Novelette
by Randy Glass - Copyright 2002 - All rights reserved
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423-25-01 - A couple of days ago I was roasting. I was about five minutes into my last of four batches in my Hearthware Precision roaster. I was walking towards the roaster, having been in the other end of the house, when I heard a particularly explosive first crack. I thought at the time that a bean must have completely detonated to have sounded off with such a loud crack but didn't think much more about it.
As I approached the roaster I noticed that there was some flying chaff on the window sill, and upon further inspection saw that I had experienced the dreaded third crack! Some sort of stress had evidently caused a crack in the roasting chamber and that was what I had heard. There was a small sliver of glass missing from the bottom of the long, vertical crack which was letting some of the hot air escape. Here is the picture of the result of "third crack":
A very rare photograph of "Third Crack"
Yet another example of why it is important to not leave a roaster unattended