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    Has anyone used this roaster $100 from ebay

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi, thinking on buying this roaster:
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    Has anyone had any experience with it?
    seems to hold 1.5kg (probably way too optimistic) and can go up to 240 degrees, brand is Vevor, seller is located in Melbourne.
    Assuming it works fine, it seems like a good practical option

    If one of the experienced roasters can please have a look and let me know what you think, thanks a lot!!!

    I'm thinking on starting roasting, 1.5-2kg a month probably....
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    The mods will probably remove your link as commercial links are against the rules. For 100 bucks I wouldn’t except too much but is not a big outlay to give it a shot.

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    They got it right when they called it a baking machine....
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    Firstly, better remove the E bay link - not allowed on this site.

    It will probably hold 1500g of beans but I could almost guarantee it won't successfully roast that quantity. Probably more like <500g

    Google the product for any reviews but I reckon you are better off putting your money towards a proven roaster.

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    You mean one of these?

    stew.jpg

    I agree with all the above.

    I bought one years ago and it made bean stew... they steamed and simmered for 40 minutes and never actually roasted.
    It's still sitting on the shelf at the snobbery with the same beans in it!

    Buy one to auto-stir your can of baked beans, I suggest to keep coffee away from it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    It's still sitting on the shelf at the snobbery with the same beans in it!
    Yikes!

    Hope you have a bright warning label fixed to the lid mate - Shudder to think of what might waft out of there if an unknowing person lifted the the lid out of curiosity...

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    Not that spooky even after 4 or 5 years (or how ever long it's been there).

    stew1.jpg stew2.jpg

    Colour looks okay in the picture but in real life they are pale and dried-out and a fair way before 1st crack.

    ...back on the shelf they go to remind me not to buy another one.

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    looks like it would cook rice really well
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    Message received loud and clear, thanks for that; yes, it’s the one shown in Andy’s post.

    Andy, would you say that it won’t even properly roast 500gr?

    i guess back to researching roasters

    any roaster recommendations for one able to do 500gr at a time for $200-300?

    Cheers everyone, appreciate the help

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    Start witha popper letitcoolpop again save up for a behmor or genecafe
    If your new atthis youwillwant to race out an buy anything
    Simple answer dont
    Youll be dissapointed
    Wait save getsomething thats proven and will give you years with care roasting, plus a buttload of great support from fellow snobs!

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    What about these?

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/coffee-ha...-gun-60-a.html

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/coffee-ha...n-roaster.html

    The corretto (bread maker + heat gun) is a bit more versatile in its capability (eg larger batch size) but the iCoffee Roaster may be easier to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    What about these?

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/coffee-ha...-gun-60-a.html

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/coffee-ha...n-roaster.html

    The corretto (bread maker + heat gun) is a bit more versatile in its capability (eg larger batch size) but the iRoaster may be easier to use.
    Yes +1 to what flynn said (i forgot about these)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimos View Post
    Message received loud and clear, thanks for that; yes, it’s the one shown in Andy’s post.

    Andy, would you say that it won’t even properly roast 500gr?

    i guess back to researching roasters

    any roaster recommendations for one able to do 500gr at a time for $200-300?

    Cheers everyone, appreciate the help
    I think the issue is going to be getting enough heat into the beans within a reasonable time (10-20 minutes). To properly roast 500gr (still is a fairly large batch for a home roaster) and not "bake", you need a significant amount of heating power which by the sound of it, this unit does not have even though it claims to reach 240 degrees, that is probably without any beans. The bigger the batch size, the more heating power is required.



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