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    Gimme!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    http://www.delawarecitycoffeecompany.com/roasters.html

    Is this the one that we all want?

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    ...yeah baby...

    We all want someone else to buy one so we can come and "test" it. :)

    If you buy one Chris... "better queep vewwy quiwet"


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    Ive been looking at the 1lb roaster there for some time now but havent been able to find all that much info from end-users on it yet. Theres some better pictures of it here: http://www.bleepyou.com/roaster/

    Ive written the manufacturer of the roaster direct (theyre made in Israel) and was told Id have to buy them from the local distributor. *sigh* No discount buying direct from the manufacturer. >:(

    Im curious how well the front design works on them. While Ive run accross reports that the heating element is too small (its a standard size/type element thats easily replaced with a higher wattage coil) Ive not seen a single comment on how the front assembly on it works in practical use.

    Ive also run accross comments complaining about its ability to handle chaff. Comments have been few and far between on it though so its hard to say exactly how itd operate.

    Java "Id be happy to test that roaster for you Sir!" phile

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    Chris,
    Who is handling them here in Australia, anyone you know? That would be perfect, an industrial model built down for the home user. Id seriously consider one.

    Boris

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    What do u reckon Boris....a business opportunity?? 8)

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    I sent the company an email on Sunday...
    ...curious if they want to talk with our group.

    ;D


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    Did you guys notice how much they cost? $1495 US plus $260 US (slightly more but not sure how much more) postage plus 5% duty... quick rough calculation...$1842.75 US or $2393.18 Youve got to pick them up from your nearest international airport too. I think they roast between 500 and 800g

    Dont get me wrong the idea and the design really appeals to me. If they roasted up to 2kg Id be a bit more enthusiastic. I emailed the seller a few weeks back and he was responsive and mentioned having shipped to Australia in the past with no dramas.

    If only they were slightly cheaper or roasted a bit more per batch...

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    The parent company does have larger capacity version... 2.5kg

    If we can buy from the parent an not another middleman then the pricing should be quite different.

    Ill pass-on the details.

    ;D

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    Was it this one Andy?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=57070&item=7506828 326&rd=1

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    Yeah, good find Sharkboy, that is the roaster.

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    Maybe if the exchange rate improves... significantly. Being a touch it before I buy it" person, Id want to be looking at one in the flesh before I sent the best part of three grand to a postal address in th US.

    I wonder if its any cheaper to visit, test it, buy it and bring it back second hand? ;D

    Boris.

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    Youre welcome to stop by and test it here! ;D

    Java "Evil Grin" phile

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    The company that builds these great looking electric roasters is happy to talk turkey with us if we are ordering a few at a time.

    Im not allowed to mention specific prices but we might be looking at about AU$2000 for the smallest one to your door (500gm-800gm model).

    The 1kg one would be double that and the 2.5kg one would be about AU$6k.

    Who here would be in the market for one using those prices as a guide?

    ???

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    The price doesnt frighten me off too much at this stage.

    Need to see a lot more info on its specs and operation though. Are you able to get a PDF manual or similar? Ive added a poll to let people day dream a bit. ;)

    One downside I see is that the beans are cooled in the same drum as they are roasted. I cant see how that allows the beans to be cooled at any reasonable rate and suggests a steep learning curve to avoid the roast going too far.

    Oh and here is their web site: http://www.coffee-tech.com/

    Cheers

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    The poll is a good idea, ta.

    One downside I see is that the beans are cooled in the same drum as they are roasted. I cant see how that allows the beans to be cooled at any reasonable rate and suggests a steep learning curve to avoid the roast going too far.
    I noticed that too but its not the case in the bigger models (2.5kg Artigiano).

    More to the point of cooling is the fact that if you a doing a second roast then you are starting from scratch again.

    Maybe with enough interest we can all chip-in and get one shipped-out for testing.

    Did someone say CoffeeSnobs $100 raffle tickets? ;D

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    Evil man!
    Ill have 5.

    If only...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wired link=1113126679/0#13 date=1113517901
    One downside I see is that the beans are cooled in the same drum as they are roasted. I cant see how that allows the beans to be cooled at any reasonable rate and suggests a steep learning curve to avoid the roast going too far.
    Thats why you need the Handy Dandy Bean Bucket Cooler! ;D

    Java "Bean Bucket Cooler to the rescue!" phile

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    Which does cool very well, but might be trickey to get hot beans out of the roaster.

    We really need to get one of each of these machines to test them further ;D

    How many raffle-tickets fatboy?

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    Re: Gimme!

    how about 50 bucks a ticket...we import one for a play for a month or so and the draw happens at a future divide so that all can be sure that its legit. Id be up for a couple of tix to satisfy my curiosity on this one.... ;)

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    What a great idea Chris ;D

    I would buy at least a couple of tickets and Im sure that the manufacturer could be talked into doing a special deal on the "eval" roaster for CoffeeSnobs. ;)

    who else?

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    Maybe we could get an eval unit for the US branch of CS as well. ;D ;D ;D

    Java "Forget those people in Delaware!" phile

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    Re: Gimme!

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    I say locate someone with one.
    Strip it down, see how it ticks and if any improvements can be made & COPY it. ;D

    +2k!! :o what the....

    If only I had more time.......Im sure someone in China must be making some half decient knock off commerical roasters.

    Just finish designing a different roaster a spit roaster ;D that can roast up to a 60kg PIG!. Im currently in the process of costing up the fab work. The whole thing is going to cost <1k.
    mmmmm....pork....mmmmm....

    Might do up a few sketches.....

    I have a few Ideas for a large scale air roaster also a few for a drum.

    Could upsize a hottop....anyone got the drum dimensions?






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