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  • First time roaster, and it's nerve racking

    Hi all, first time poster long time admirer

    Looking to getting into home roasting very soon but I am hung up on a few things I'm hoping you can offer some advice with:

    1. Is it a good idea to do a roasting course first? I have been looking into it and various places offer courses but not too keen on offering up my hard earned if I get the same out of scouring the forums

    2. If I import a Quest M3 (240v version) and stick it in a good quality surge protector board (earthed), am I pretty much good to go? I have read through almost all the posts on here and I notice a lot of people comment on the 'bad wiring' but I think to myself, people are using these in Canada and Europe where the voltage is 230v/240v anyway? The point is, I'm happy to gamble on the warranty/servicing but not on my life!

    P.s. Beanbay and this site is amazing

    Thanks and *holds coffee in hand* here is to more posts to come!

  • #2
    just buy a behmor and oull get some beans with it. $400.00 and its designed and warrantied for 240vac.

    foolproof and you will be amazed at how good yyour beans are.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by brettreaby View Post
      just buy a behmor and oull get some beans with it. $400.00 and its designed and warrantied for 240vac.

      foolproof and you will be amazed at how good yyour beans are.
      The behmor is a great system (price, reliability, support, quality etc.) no doubt.

      But I'm interested in feedback for the Quest in Australia

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      • #4
        Welcome to CoffeeSnobs Doser.

        The Quest has the worst and the most dangerous wiring (with lack of insulation on internal 240v connections) that I have ever seen on any domestic roaster... full stop! This thing will NEVER get Australian approval as it is now and I doubt it has approval in any of the countries that you mention either. It has live 240v millimeters from the front face, a push too hard on one of the knobs would make the whole roaster live. If it wasn't so dangerous it would be funny just how poorly designed the one I own is.

        The inverse as brettreaby said, is the Behmor 1600 that meets safety codes all over the world including Australian Standards, roasts a larger volume, has a lower cost, is easy to use and has "best bang for buck" of any home roaster on the market... which are all reasons we sell em!

        As for roasting courses... I would suggest reading the home roasting sections here and then just having a go yourself. You will learn far more in a short time and understand what works and what doesn't by spending <$50 in beans and having a play.

        Enjoy the journey!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Andy View Post
          It has live 240v millimeters from the front face, a push too hard on one of the knobs would make the whole roaster live.
          Whoa! I've been electrocuted, and it.is.not.fun.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by axisa View Post
            Whoa! I've been electrocuted, and it.is.not.fun.
            Electrocuted!!! Wow, a post from the other side. CS is certainly the place to be

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