The following article and its screenshots refer to the Roasting Intelligence (RI5).
In case you previously used the Roasting Intelligence (RI4) we kindly invite you to check the newly improved features of RI5.
To upgrade to RI5, please download the Roasting Intelligence (RI5).
- What is the First Crack?
- Why use the First Crack Prediction?
- How does the First Crack Prediction work?
What is the First Crack?
The First Crack is a cracking sound you can hear when the coffee beans have expanded and the moisture has begun to evaporate from the beans.
According to Rob Hoos, it is a point where a significant amount of water starts to evaporate from the coffee beans which allows the heat to penetrate the bean and causes chemical reactions. Studies also show that this phase together with the coloration has the biggest impact on aroma and flavor development.
Why use the First Crack Prediction?
With the AI-based First Crack Prediction in Cropster, you can improve the process of roasting a new coffee, save time and resources, also get to a result faster and with fewer batches.
The First Crack Prediction helps you to prepare for the first crack event and also to achieve a consistent roast.
How does the First Crack Prediction work?
The First Crack Prediction is shown in the Roasting Intelligence (RI) as a time window and it will appear 3 minutes before the first crack is predicted to happen. This will give you plenty of time to react and avoid gas or airflow changes too close to the event.
💡 According to Scott Rao, there should be no gas changes about 40-45 seconds before the first crack and also no airflow adjustments 2 minutes before the first crack.
Activating Smart Predictions
By completing the steps below you can activate the First Crack Prediction:
- Log into the Roasting Intelligence (RI).
- Navigate to the Preferences on the bottom left side of the screen.
- Select the Roasting tab and Smart features.
- By clicking the respective checkboxes you can activate the Smart predictions.
- Click on Save to confirm the changes.
- The next big thing in roasting & AI is here - First Crack Prediction
- Using Smart Predictions
- Webinar: RoastID Round 1 - Roast Defects & The Essentials
Webinar: RoastID Round 2 - Time, Temperature and Roasting Stages
Congratulations! You are now ready to use the First Crack Prediction.
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