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Thread: Difference between popcorn maker and coffee roasters?

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    Difference between popcorn maker and coffee roasters?

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    Dear ALL coffee snobs who started with using popcorn machine for roasting green beans and later switched to coffee roasting machines. What is the difference between the roasts? I am using popcorn for roasting, but do not ready yet to buy coffee roaster machine for $500 plus. Is it worth money to spend? Cheers Alex

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    I started with a popcorn popper and went to a Behmor, absolutely worth it. In the popper, things happen FAST, are harder to control the variables, but to me it was a great way of learning about the roasting process and the different stages. Also you can't roast a big batch at a time (unless there's some pepper or mod out there I don't know about). Also can be tricky getting an even roast with some beans but still a really great intro to roasting, and some beans behave better than others at the faster roast.

    The Behmor is much easier to control, bigger batches, and much more even roasts too. So for me it made a massive difference.

    Like Andy had said before, all roasting is is heat and agitation. The popper still provides this, and you can look up how to get the best results from it if you don't wanna upgrade.
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    Dear simonsk8r, Thank you very much for the very polite and detailed explanation. I am a very new member of CoffeeSnobs, but have some experience with coffee that I love to drink. After visiting many countries (about 92) and many coffee plantations (about 15), at least I know what is my favorite coffee (not Luwak of course).
    Initially I use to buy roasted coffee beans, but most of them over roasted (like Italian roast). That pushed me to buy green beans and roast at home. Me and my wife are using popcorn popper, but it is long and not very effective process. I looked at Fresh Roast SR500 automatic (A$432) that looks like popcorn popper, and try to compare it with Behmor 1600 Plus (A$495), but realised that Gene Cafe CBR-101 (A$850) is a bit better but expensive.
    Should I go for Behmor or Gene Cafe, if I am only roasting for home consumption about 1 kg per month?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilichev View Post
    Dear ALL coffee snobs who started with using popcorn machine for roasting green beans and later switched to coffee roasting machines. What is the difference between the roasts? I am using popcorn for roasting, but do not ready yet to buy coffee roaster machine for $500 plus. Is it worth money to spend? Cheers Alex
    G'Day Ilichev, suggest you investigate roasting using a Coretto, particularly if cost is a factor, a used bread making machine and heat gun can be made into a coffee roaster without much effort, here's a link to get you started https://coffeesnobs.com.au/home-roas...s-coretto.html lots more information available if you search for Coretto in the Coffee Snobs search box, top right hand corner of the page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilichev View Post
    Dear simonsk8r, Thank you very much for the very polite and detailed explanation. I am a very new member of CoffeeSnobs, but have some experience with coffee that I love to drink. After visiting many countries (about 92) and many coffee plantations (about 15), at least I know what is my favorite coffee (not Luwak of course).
    Initially I use to buy roasted coffee beans, but most of them over roasted (like Italian roast). That pushed me to buy green beans and roast at home. Me and my wife are using popcorn popper, but it is long and not very effective process. I looked at Fresh Roast SR500 automatic (A$432) that looks like popcorn popper, and try to compare it with Behmor 1600 Plus (A$495), but realised that Gene Cafe CBR-101 (A$850) is a bit better but expensive.
    Should I go for Behmor or Gene Cafe, if I am only roasting for home consumption about 1 kg per month?
    Ah that's all good, welcome to the forums! Hope you enjoy your time here, and wow that must have been incredible visiting that many countries and coffee plantations... a great coffee experience!

    Honestly I just don't enough about roasters to offer any advice, hoping someone who has experienced both the Behmor and Gene Cafe to chime in . I also roast about 1kg per month too, I get this done in 3-4x 350g roasts in my Behmor, and roasting day is always a fun day
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    Dear simonsk8r and other coffer snobs, Thank you very much for your great advice and quick reply. "Coretto" is very funny invention, but not for me. I will go with already made reliable staff. Thank you very much again for support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilichev View Post
    "Coretto" is very funny invention, but not for me. I will go with already made reliable staff.
    Nothing unreliable about a reasonably well assembled Corretto.
    Lots of us here have been using the same one we started out with for well over a decade.
    Can appreciate though, the desire to get a roaster that's already built and ready to go...

    Mal.
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    If your in Melbourne maybe this secondhand Behmor

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/coffee-ha...-together.html
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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    I roast on a behmor and like it, mine is 90 odd roast old and hasn’t missed a beat.
    roast up to 400gm (340gm roasted as have about 15% lose in weight after roasting) and down to 250gm.
    I roast each week as like to keep it changing and roast a new batch when I open the next new bag. This way the roasted coffee I’ve 5-7 days to rest.

    a new Behmor comes with a bag of greens ($30 value) and if you sell it for some reason I’d think you’d get $200-$300 for it secondhand so not a big risk
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