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  • NEW - What do you use to home roast?

    Seeing as the original poll has become skewed and inaccurate due to modifications over the 4+ years it was running weve decided to start a brand new one. The previous polls will be locked and no longer sticky but will remain in this forum for reference/archival purposes.


    Java "Vote!" phile
    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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    Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

    Hooray - well done.

    Love the single bean precision of the commercial roaster categories (1.001-2kg Commercial)

    As multiple selections are possiible note that the Total votes show how many selections have been made, not how many have voted

    Should we vote for only what we actively USE or what we have? I have a popper but only likely to use in an emergency so I didnt select it.

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    • #3
      Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

      Originally posted by 242E3B2C2C233731420 link=1264763363/1#1 date=1264793634
      Love the single bean precision of the commercial roaster categories (1.001-2kg Commercial)
      I thought it would be less confusing to list it that way rather than: >1-2kg

      Originally posted by 242E3B2C2C233731420 link=1264763363/1#1 date=1264793634
      Should we vote for only what we actively USE or what we have?
      Vote for what you actually use, as opposed to what you have sitting around out in the shed gathering dust.


      Java "So many choices, so little time!" phile
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      • #4
        Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

        Originally posted by 48637463726A6B6E67020 link=1264763363/2#2 date=1264798827
        I thought it would be less confusing to list it that way rather than: >1-2kg
        No, I knew what was intended and I agree with it, but I had visions of someone adding a bean or two to their 1kg roaster batches so they could boast they had a higher capacity roaster  

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        • #5
          Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

          Corretto and Behmor.

          Like Flynn Aus I have a popper there in case of emergency but generally dont use it.

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          • #6
            Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

            Hottop for me. Gene Cafe gathering dust along with my corretto which has been dissolved - the BM is back on BM duties and the HG I use for getting wet paint to dry faster - at least I have fine temperature control at the same time!

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            • #7
              Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

              Behmor uptake has been fast. Almost as many as Gene. hmmm 400-500gm batches in the footprint of a gene for $400 is tempting. Good luck trying to sell a second hand gene now.

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              • #8
                Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

                Originally posted by 7F67626277664D7F737C2425120 link=1264763363/6#6 date=1268136059
                Behmor uptake has been fast. Almost as many as Gene. hmmm 400-500gm batches in the footprint of a gene for $400 is tempting. Good luck trying to sell a second hand gene now.  
                I dont think it is just about the money mm67.... :

                Coffee roasting can be, and is a very personal and passionate matter for many of we CSers. A roaster that will suit someone right down to the ground may not suit someone else at all.

                The Gene and HotTop will still have a very strong following I believe, because for many CSers they do exactly what they want. Both roasters are very nicely manufactured and are well supported here in Oz. We all have a range of differing requirements and expectations for the roast outcomes and as with other aspects of this great pastime, some compromises need to be made.... Its no different where roasting the bean is concerned.

                I imagine that I wont be totally satisfied until the day arrives when I can afford to purchase my very own 2Kg Shop Roaster, along the lines of a HGS-2 perhaps. Roasting the bean properly is really that important to me and the lengths I go to with my Corretto setup wouldnt be tolerated by the average home-roaster, Im sure. Its not unknown for me to toss out roast batches that just havent come up to the mark, or missed the profile I was aiming for.

                Yes, I love my coffee and it has to be exactly the way I want to drink it. Id love to be able to produce outcomes that are as consistently excellent as Andy, Den from CuppaCoffee, Veneziano and several others can manage but I dont think that I can realistically expect to be able to do that with a simple Corretto. I get there about 75% of the time and for now, I can live with that.

                Next stop - a HGS-2....

                Mal.

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                • #9
                  Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

                  Originally posted by 103D393538540 link=1264763363/7#7 date=1268145584
                  Next stop - a HGS-2....
                  Should i make this a favorite so i can quote it in your "Something to cure my longing for the perfect Roaster" in a few years mal ;D

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                  • #10
                    Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

                    I have a Gene already Mal and it has served me well for 3 years. Im very happy with it my biggest bugbear being capacity, I played with a TO a little while back but outside roasting was too much hard work for me. :P

                    If Behmor was the price of another Gene then getting one would be out of the question, but its almost cheap enough to get one recklessly.

                    Whith that said there are things I like about the Gene that the Behmor does not really fulfill. In the cooling stakes its very simple to dump the beans into an external cooler with the gene, this seems more difficult with behmor, people playing around fans to blow into an open door. I also love the genes simple controls. Time and temp, adjustable on the fly, very simple but give you lots of control.

                    If someone asked me which home roaster to buy, I would be recommending they have a good look on Behmor based on its value for money and capacity.

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                    • #11
                      Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

                      The Behmor is certainly priced very sharply and its definitely worth consideration. But its important to realise theres more to a roaster than price and batch size.

                      One area the Gene and Hottop score over the Behmor (to one degree or another) is in the program adjustability. Commercial roasters are made to be adjustable so the operator can get out of the bean what theyre wanting. If all you needed was five preset profiles dictated by the factory then everyone would be doing it.

                      Its important to realise you dont get something for nothing and there are good reasons for choosing each roaster - you just have to know the pros and cons of each roaster and whats on your priority list.

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                      • #12
                        Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

                        If only the HotTop came in a 1.0Kg batch size model.... :

                        Id buy one in a flash 8-)

                        Mal.

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                        • #13
                          Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

                          Originally posted by 0F22262A274B0 link=1264763363/11#11 date=1268200315
                          If only the HotTop came in a 1.0Kg batch size model.... :

                          Id buy one in a flash 8-)

                          Mal.
                          Yea... A few systems such as the smaller Toper and Probat would be great.. But at teh $$$ etc I can build 10plus KKTO and have $$$ left over..

                          Now if Mr and Ms Lotto were to drop over ;D

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                          • #14
                            Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

                            Originally posted by 1D323B392E113D323D3B39313932285C0 link=1264763363/12#12 date=1268201518
                            Originally posted by 0F22262A274B0 link=1264763363/11#11 date=1268200315
                            If only the HotTop came in a 1.0Kg batch size model.... :

                            Id buy one in a flash 8-)

                            Mal.
                            Yea... A few systems such as the smaller Toper and Probat would be great.. But at the $$$ etc I can build 10plus KKTO and have $$$ left over..

                            Now if Mr and Ms Lotto were to drop over  ;D
                            You may be thinking (photo 1)
                            A twin turbo drum roaster like this
                            (another one of my designs on the back-burner)

                            Or an element design with fan forced feature (photo 2)

                            Yes I know
                            I eat, drink & sleep coffee roasters :
                            KK





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                            • #15
                              Re: NEW - What do you use to home roast?

                              Good grief KK....

                              With all of this going on in your head, its a wonder your lovely wife is able to sleep at night.... Must be very noisy (on an ethereal energy level )

                              Mal.

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