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    Question Home Roasters

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi Everyone, cost aside, can anyone advise me on which Roaster, the Behmor 1600 plus, or the Gene Cafe CBR 101 for roasting mainly decaf, for drinking as a long black- so a med roast.
    I'm aware that decaf roasted coffee is darker, naturally, as it's pre-steamed, I guess it roasts quicker. I need a roaster that is not too heavy to lift, is programmable, giving a consistent roast.
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    PS No derisive remarks, please people, Caffeine has adverse effects on my health. If I wish to enjoy coffee, then Decaf it is. I'm very choosy about the beans that I buy & the roast when I buy roasted beans, I would dearly like to roast my own in small batches.

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    I have not used a Behmor however they are very popular with the CS community.

    I started out on a Gene Cafe, it was very easy to use and forgiving. Most of my roasts out of the Gene were better quality than what I could get from most cafes (excluding other specialty roasters).

    I never roasted decaf in the Gene but you should have no problems there, if using the CS Decaf Wow then would start the cooling cycle in the last few degrees of FC (207-210ish) to land you on the profile you have described.

    Regardless of the roaster option, enjoy the journey that is home roasting
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    Quote Originally Posted by DecafBarb View Post
    I need a roaster that is not too heavy to lift, is programmable, giving a consistent roast.
    The Behmor ticks all these boxes and is a great price. It also has the catalytic converter to reduce fumes. I don't have any personal experience with decaf yet, but there are threads on CS on the subject, eg https://coffeesnobs.com.au/home-roas...ps-behmor.html
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    giving a consistent roast
    Consistency is more about the user than the device.

    Your pop-up toaster cooks bread. You know roughly the right setting for the toast colour you want but frozen bread, fresh bread, stale bread all toasts differently even if the outside packet is the same. Towards the end of the toasting you decide that's enough and eject the toast or you turn the time up a little more or push it down again for a little longer.

    Coffee roasting is similar, the coffee roaster isn't smart enough to know how you want it roasted, all it will do is apply heat for a given time. Middle of summer a roast will be faster as the air and ambient bean temperature is already warm, obviously the middle of winter the same heat inputs will result in a lighter roast or you will have to heat longer to get the same result.

    Having said that, if only takes a couple of roasts in a roaster to find your "baseline" and then you will make slight adjustments to suit the bean or the environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Consistency is more about the user than the device.

    Your pop-up toaster cooks bread. You know roughly the right setting for the toast colour you want but frozen bread, fresh bread, stale bread all toasts differently even if the outside packet is the same. Towards the end of the toasting you decide that's enough and eject the toast or you turn the time up a little more or push it down again for a little longer.

    Coffee roasting is similar, the coffee roaster isn't smart enough to know how you want it roasted, all it will do is apply heat for a given time. Middle of summer a roast will be faster as the air and ambient bean temperature is already warm, obviously the middle of winter the same heat inputs will result in a lighter roast or you will have to heat longer to get the same result.

    Having said that, if only takes a couple of roasts in a roaster to find your "baseline" and then you will make slight adjustments to suit the bean or the environment.
    Andy is spot on, make a choice then start roasting and making notes, it will come together quickly.

    Experience is a great teacher, for most of us.
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    I roasted decaf in the Behmor quite a few times. Just as doable as regular beans! Never used a genecafe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Consistency is more about the user than the device.

    Your pop-up toaster cooks bread. You know roughly the right setting for the toast colour you want but frozen bread, fresh bread, stale bread all toasts differently even if the outside packet is the same. Towards the end of the toasting you decide that's enough and eject the toast or you turn the time up a little more or push it down again for a little longer.

    Coffee roasting is similar, the coffee roaster isn't smart enough to know how you want it roasted, all it will do is apply heat for a given time. Middle of summer a roast will be faster as the air and ambient bean temperature is already warm, obviously the middle of winter the same heat inputs will result in a lighter roast or you will have to heat longer to get the same result.

    Having said that, if only takes a couple of roasts in a roaster to find your "baseline" and then you will make slight adjustments to suit the bean or the environment.
    Thanks for this advice Andy. Love the analogy. Really appreciating the quality and quantity of advice here on Coffee Snobs ��
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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Thankyou for your info, everyone, it has been very helpful. I think, at this stage, Iíll wait for the new Behmor to come out, my green Decaf Wow beans will keep for now.
    Whilst Iím keen to start, I want to do it right without multiple outlays.

    Meanwhile, Iíll keep researching ( I did check it out a couple of years ago, but money & space was an issue
    Cheers, everyone 👍😊
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