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    CHOICE has just released their test opinions of 4 home roasters. The Behmor was bought from Andy. Good to see Coffeesnobs is recommended as a place to buy green beans.

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    Awwww, subscribers only

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    • #3
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      is this a sign that home roasting coffee is becoming mainstream?

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      • #4
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        Maybe if it does get more popular it might make coffee shops and cafes pick up their game :-)

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        • #5
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          I dont believe so 

          I think choyce picked it up because of the current "fad value" of coffee.  Coffee is on everyones lips, even when they havent a clue about what theyre talking about....but they still talk about it, and it all helps to sell magazines

          If choyce thought people were getting seriously interested in anchovie pelletisers or chook poo concentrators, they would probably do a test on them, and I bet theyve done tests on rice cookers and bread makers in the past and that never made any bakeries that I know of lift their game. 

          And people still go out for coffee even when they have a coffee machine at home. Its a social phenomenon!

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          • #6
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            the review in questions is quite decent actually-

            I must beg to differ about rice cookers- cant believe you dont have one. Only way to cook rice. Also I dont think rice cookers are niche at all- unless you consider Asian Australia to be a strictly niche market. Rice cookers are everywhere- and for good reason.

            Bread machines I am not so sold on. Square lumps of doughy `meh- put me off years ago- also my flour didnt store as nicely as green beans... sick of weevils I got out of that game. No doubt there are better machines around these days.

            as for home roasting: I see it growing just like coffee in general. More and more people are spending big on home machinery- without the best beans I would argue this is a waste of money. Good beans cost good money- and cant be easily had everywhere- home roasting is one way to save money- and guarantee supply. Quite a few i-coffee roasters have found their way to rural destinations and I can see why. Back in the day every farm used to roast their own coffee - or so I have heard.

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            • #7
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              So which roasters ranked where?

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by 7D717C7C79757D7377100 link=1331682325/6#6 date=1336015496
                So which roasters ranked where?
                Hi Malliemcg, fancy meeting you here! Remember me from VWVortex?
                Choice rated Hot top > iCoffee > Behmor > Gene Cafe > iRoast.

                Im trying to choose between the iCoffee and the Behmor and I think Ill go the iCoffee based on this comparison.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by 373522676E66560 link=1331682325/7#7 date=1338681430
                  Originally posted by 7D717C7C79757D7377100 link=1331682325/6#6 date=1336015496
                  So which roasters ranked where?
                  Hi Malliemcg, fancy meeting you here! Remember me from VWVortex?
                  Choice rated Hot top > iCoffee > Behmor > Gene Cafe > iRoast.

                  Im trying to choose between the iCoffee and the Behmor and I think Ill go the iCoffee based on this comparison.
                  Okay I own a Behmor and have never used an iCoffee.....

                  The iCoffee looks a nice little unit and probably does a fantastic job but 150g roasts would see me doing 4-5 roasts a week. The Behmor I use a green bean mass of 300 - 350g and have been known to throw 400g of MM in a achieve 2nd crack.

                  Just consider the amount of coffee you drink and no doubt by roasting your own, consumption goes up

                  Good luck with the selection either way.

                  Jonty

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by 0F2A2B313C450 link=1331682325/8#8 date=1338682177


                    The iCoffee looks a nice little unit and probably does a fantastic job but 150g roasts would see me doing 4-5 roasts a week.  The Behmor I use a green bean mass of 300 - 350g and have been known to throw 400g of MM in a achieve 2nd crack. 

                    Just consider the amount of coffee you drink and no doubt by roasting your own, consumption goes up 

                    Good luck with the selection either way.

                    Jonty
                    Not sure where you got the 150g roasts from. I put 250g in as standard and have given it a shot with a bit over 300 on occasion 

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                    • #11
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                      ^ what jonty said

                      the icoffee and the behmor are fantastic roasters
                      i believe the main factor is how much coffee you intend to roast each time taking into account your consumption

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                      • #12
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                        Ive been using poppers for a while and I would like to roast more than 100 gms at a time. Im now leaning towards a Behmor.

                        I can summarise between the two as follows:
                        iCoffee - easier to use, cleaner, lower (factory recommended) capacity, smaller, and quicker/cleaner cooling, less control.

                        One question I have - is it a glorified popper? i.e. does it roast the same way as a popper with smoke filtration and chaff collection?

                        Behmor - More control, larger capacity, but is bigger, will make a mess inside (I really want to roast inside), is a drum type and Ive read this type of roast is less bright which appeals to me. Also read that its difficult to see the roast colour through the window and cooling is slow with door closed and messy with door open.

                        Now Im leaning towards the Behmor for larger capacity and the taste characteristic of the drum type. Does it really suck at cooling with the door closed though?

                        Thanks, Joel

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                        • #13
                          Re: CHOICE tests of home roasters

                          Originally posted by 3C332C3F3D3B363635345A0 link=1331682325/9#9 date=1338684153
                          Not sure where you got the 150g roasts from. I put 250g in as standard and have given it a shot with a bit over 300 on occasion 
                          The manual says to use 150g max, but I typically roast 200 or 250g per batch, too.

                          Cheers
                          Steffen.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by 7F7D6A2F262E1E0 link=1331682325/11#11 date=1338686523
                            iCoffee - easier to use, cleaner, lower (factory recommended) capacity, smaller, and quicker/cleaner cooling, less control.

                            One question I have - is it a glorified popper? i.e. does it roast the same way as a popper with smoke filtration and chaff collection?
                            The popper blows hot air through the beans. The hot air does both the roasting and the agitating.

                            The iCoffee heats the beans from a hot plate below. They are agitated by a rotating paddle. There is also some airflow to extract the chaff, but this is insignificant compared to a popper. The extracted air is after-burned to eliminate smoke.

                            Cheers
                            Steffen.

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                              Re: CHOICE tests of home roasters

                              Originally posted by 545641040D05350 link=1331682325/11#11 date=1338686523
                              Behmor - More control, larger capacity, but is bigger, will make a mess inside (I really want to roast inside), is a drum type and Ive read this type of roast is less bright which appeals to me. Also read that its difficult to see the roast colour through the window and cooling is slow with door closed and messy with door open.

                              Now Im leaning towards the Behmor for larger capacity and the taste characteristic of the drum type. Does it really suck at cooling with the door closed though?
                              i roast indoors with fan blowing out towards the door to avoid triggering smoke detectors and any odours to linger in the house for too long

                              i roast with the door close the whole time and do not have any external cooling methods

                              its actually not too bad. sure you could do all of the above, open the door half way/cool it externally faster to make it better. but i dont mind. it comes down to personal preference really.

                              if you are asking if it can be done and produce a good roast, then yes it does. once u want to improve your roast, then you can venture and look into those options above

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