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Thread: For Sale (Perth): My Entire Coffee World, incl Roaster & Alex Duetto Espresso Machine

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    For Sale (Perth): My Entire Coffee World, incl Roaster & Alex Duetto Espresso Machine

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    With considerable regret I'm parting with my entire coffee system. A recent skirmish with the dreaded "C" word left me without a parotid gland, with extensive nerve damage to the side of my face, and 6 weeks of follow-up radiation therapy destroyed what little was left of my sense of taste. All coffee now tastes the same - awful! It's not all bad though - the radiation also killed off facial hair on that side of my face, so shaving now only takes half the time it used to.

    My system comprises both roasting and coffee making:
    Roasting - a nominally 600g capacity Sonofresco fluid bed roaster, complete with chimney extension to facilitate indoor use in a cafe or coffee bar. It's currently set up with LPG piping but it has the changeover piping for use with mains gas. It's a "set and forget" process which I've found gives extremely good roast results, but it can readily be converted to a fully computer-controlled system - which I was about to do until . . . And if you believe in Kev's laws, this unit should go faster than others because mines a red one, eh!
    As a bonus I'll also include my faithful little back-up unit - a 250g Gene Cafe drum roaster, complete with a few spare parts.
    But wait - there's more! There's also a home-made cooling system that I dump the roasted beans into for very rapid cooling. And since I'll no longer have any use for them, there's a 3 - 4kg assortment of Andy's wonderful beans to get you started. All up - $2,250

    Coffee-making - an Alex Duetto II, regularly serviced and in perfect working order - and with no wet steam! It's set up as a stand-alone unit, which means manually filling the water tank and emptying the drainage tray, but it can be easily plumbed in to mains supply and drainage if you're lucky enough to have that sort of setting. To accompany it there's an Anfim Best grinder and an assortment of necessary support items - bump box, Pullman tamper, VST double basket, group head cleaning brush, back-flush cleaner, grinder cleaner and Incasa milk jug. All up - $2,500

    I want to keep it simple and sell each package as detailed; I don't want to split either package up into components.

    I'm located near the Swan Valley on Perth's northern fringe, but I'm happy to deliver within the Perth metro area or to a packing company for interstate movement.
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    I love your attitude (finding a positive in shaving) but very sad to hear great coffee tastes bad.
    Hopefully the body repairs over time and you can get back into it at a future date. I can't quite imagine a world that didn't start and end with coffee.

    Good luck with the sale, should make some other CS'rs Christmas.
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    Sorry to hear of your problems David, we take good health for granted until something like this comes along, best wishes for your recovery.

    And of course good luck with the sale.
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    All the best, David..
    GLWS

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    Best wishes David, hope your recovery goes well!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman View Post
    Best wishes David, hope your recovery goes well!!
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    same from me

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    Ditto from me too Dave...

    All the best for you and your family with a speedy and permanent favourable outcome.

    Mal.

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    So sorry to hear of your news David. Wish you all the very best, speedy recovery, and I'm sure your coffee world will be well looked after

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    Wishing you a speedy recovery!!!

    What a great setup, I have the same coffee machine, awesome bit of kit. GLWS!

    Cheers

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    Very sorry to hear your news, my best wishes for a complete recovery
    Dave

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    Most importantly and sincerely, all the best for your recovery David. Hopefully the treatment will be 100% effective.

    Also, hope that you sell everything for a good price.

    EZ

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    Hi Andy and my fellow CSers - my sincere thanks to each and every one of you for the very kind thoughts expressed here.

    Fortunately the indications to date are that the hacking and the nuking have stopped it from progressing any further. The after-effects may not be ideal but hey!, it could have been so much worse. A weird sense of taste, and a constantly dry mouth, is a pretty cheap price to pay. And of course I have the reduced shaving time as a spin-off!

    Yes Artman, the Alex Duetto is certainly a great piece of gear. It drove me nuts for the first few months with the wet steam, but once that was resolved it's run faultlessly. I'll be truly sorry to part with it - as with the roaster.

    My thanks once again to each of you.

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    I hope you recover fully.

    My soulmate is in Qld currently battling 3 different cancers (pancreatic, liver and lung - and no, she has never smoked). She is currently slowly winning the war, having lost a few battles along the way, so I have an idea what you are going through all too well. Not a good time for either of you.

    Enjoy your XMas (if not a Cuppa Joe with it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidWFox View Post
    Fortunately the indications to date are that the hacking and the nuking have stopped it from progressing any further. The after-effects may not be ideal but hey!, it could have been so much worse. A weird sense of taste, and a constantly dry mouth, is a pretty cheap price to pay. And of course I have the reduced shaving time as a spin-off!
    Hey David, I had similar experience as you and finished treatment 17 months ago. Believe me, it does get better. I couldn't stand coffee or many other things I enjoyed but am happy to say I have just enjoyed a latte from my home roasted beans. It does take a long time, but your body should repair. If you had treatment at SCGH, you may have been under Joshua Dass who I can safely say is the authority on head and neck in the southern hemisphere.
    Best of luck with the recovery.
    ps. You'll need to shave again eventually!
    Cheers, Peter
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    Hi Peter
    What! No spin-off benefit!! What a start to my New Year!
    We're both at about the same recovery point and as much as I'd like to think that time will improve my sense of taste, I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that I've achieved all the gains that are likely to occur. It's the joint effect of the surgical loss of the parotid gland, followed by radiation that impacted the remaining salivary glands. I'm fortunate in that both of these, together with the impact on facial nerves, were collateral damage; the initial cause was an SCC just in front of my ear, that ran amuck and headed inwards. It could have had a significantly worse outcome if it had originated within the salivary system.
    Luckily I've always been a great fan of coconut milk-based curries so even though they taste a little odd they've now become my staple diet as they provide the much needed liquid that replaces the now-absent saliva.
    But having to shave both sides of my face again. Ugh!!
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    With very mixed feelings, tomorrow I will be shipping the Alex Duetto II, Anfim grinder and assorted support pieces to NSW. Whilst I'm grateful to the new owners, it's sad to be parting with units that have given me so much pleasure, but as Mal famously said (the other Mal!!) - "life wasn't meant to be easy".

    For years I have shared roast batches with my son and he was somewhat dismayed to find I was intending to part with both roasting units, so in order to keep supplying him with Andy's wonderful beans I'll hang on to the Gene Cafe unit and rapid cool system. Red Roaster though is still available as my son doesn't drink enough coffee to warrant keeping the bigger unit. To encourage any prospective buyers, it will be available until my post reaches its use-by date (in about 6 weeks) at $1,750 ex Ellenbrook, WA or delivered to a metro address, either to a buyer or to a packer/transporter of your choice for interstate shipment. For the benefit of interstate prospective buyers, tomorrow when I'm at the transport company I'll obtain an indicative cost for them to pack Red Roaster and to ship to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
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    As promised a couple of days ago, for interstate Snobs who are keen to get into fluid bed roasting, indicative costs to pack and ship Red Roaster are:
    To Brisbane - $230
    Melbourne - $185
    Sydney - $190

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    Hello David, I hope things are better for you and you are recovering. Can I ask a couple of questions about the ‘red roaster’?
    how old is it, how long have you had it, How difficult is it to convert or modify it to a fully computer controlled system and where would you get the parts from. Thanks Phincala

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    Hi Phincala

    I'm unsure of the age of it; I bought it 4 - 5 years ago from a small coffee bar / cafe. As I recall, they had intended to roast with it in the cafe but then changed their mind and so the unit was almost unused. I originally used it about once per fortnight, but haven't used it now for almost 2 years.

    My understanding is that it's fairly simple to do the changeover to automate the unit. I had it apart to change the pipework and regulator from mains gas to bottle gas so I know that pulling it apart and re-assembling it is straightforward. Setting it up for computer control is just a matter of changing the control card which I believe is also fairly simple. The unit then connects to the computer via blue-tooth.

    I'm not sure whether Andy allows me to give commercial info regarding suppliers but if you do a Google search you shouldn't have any problem finding the company in Sydney that distributes the roaster and can provide the changeover card + software.

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    That's a bugger. Been on the prostate cancer roundabout myself, so far the surgeons and radio therapists have managed to keep it at bay. Knocks you about a bit but stay positive. Wishing you well for your recovery.
    Good luck with the sale.
    Cheers Tony



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