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Topic: Now I remember why I don't like the Z&D roaster (5 msgs / 119 lines)
1) From: Bill Doman
After my FreshRoast+ started having fan problems I dug out the Z&D and got a
couple decent decaf roasts from it.  Then I went to roast some of Tom's
French Roast caff blend for my wife and was reminded quickly of why it was
out of commission almost since getting it.  After adding the maximum amount
of time, I still got only at most a City+ roast which, when brewed, was flat
and totally uninteresting.  On top of that, the chaff, rather than going
into the collector, largely was ground up into small particles left
throughout the beans--impossible to remove.  So it's back to the popper, at
least until my fan unit gets cleaned up by Tim at Fresh Beans, Inc.  He was
terrrific on the phone and will diagnose and fix it for $20, which includes
the cost of shipping it back to me.
After reading the posts on SCAA I've pretty much decided to get one of the
new Hearthware units once they start shipping, but in the meantime the
popper will do me until the FRP comes back and it'll do me until the Iroast
really is available.  I've been sorely tempted by the Hottop, but given that
I'm suddenly in "early retirement" due to lung cancer, I just can't justify
its price.
Bill

2) From: DEchelbarg
Bill, I am sorry to hear of your illness.  Good luck with your roasting.  
I've been having good luck with a steel popper, nice long roasts.  Anyway,  best 
wishes.
In a message dated 5/1/2004 9:00:21 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
bill writes:
After my FreshRoast+ started having fan problems I dug out the Z&D and got a
couple decent decaf roasts from it.  Then I went to roast some of Tom's
French Roast caff blend for my wife and was reminded quickly of why it was
out of commission almost since getting it.  After adding the maximum amount
of time, I still got only at most a City+ roast which, when brewed, was flat
and totally uninteresting.  On top of that, the chaff, rather than going
into the collector, largely was ground up into small particles left
throughout the beans--impossible to remove.  So it's back to the popper, at
least until my fan unit gets cleaned up by Tim at Fresh Beans, Inc.  He was
terrrific on the phone and will diagnose and fix it for $20, which includes
the cost of shipping it back to me.
After reading the posts on SCAA I've pretty much decided to get one of the
new Hearthware units once they start shipping, but in the meantime the
popper will do me until the FRP comes back and it'll do me until the Iroast
really is available.  I've been sorely tempted by the Hottop, but given that
I'm suddenly in "early retirement" due to lung cancer, I just can't justify
its price.

3) From: DEchelbarg
Bill, I am sorry to hear of your illness.  Good luck with your roasting.  
I've been having good luck with a steel popper, nice long roasts.  Anyway,  best 
wishes.
In a message dated 5/1/2004 9:00:21 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
bill writes:
After my FreshRoast+ started having fan problems I dug out the Z&D and got a
couple decent decaf roasts from it.  Then I went to roast some of Tom's
French Roast caff blend for my wife and was reminded quickly of why it was
out of commission almost since getting it.  After adding the maximum amount
of time, I still got only at most a City+ roast which, when brewed, was flat
and totally uninteresting.  On top of that, the chaff, rather than going
into the collector, largely was ground up into small particles left
throughout the beans--impossible to remove.  So it's back to the popper, at
least until my fan unit gets cleaned up by Tim at Fresh Beans, Inc.  He was
terrrific on the phone and will diagnose and fix it for $20, which includes
the cost of shipping it back to me.
After reading the posts on SCAA I've pretty much decided to get one of the
new Hearthware units once they start shipping, but in the meantime the
popper will do me until the FRP comes back and it'll do me until the Iroast
really is available.  I've been sorely tempted by the Hottop, but given that
I'm suddenly in "early retirement" due to lung cancer, I just can't justify
its price.

4) From: Mike Eyre
How much bean are you putting into yours? Weight wise, I mean? If you
don't know offhand, are you filling the chamber up all the eay to the
top line, or what? I have a Z&D and I like mine. I can burn the hell out
a set of beans, no problem.. Turn 'em right into ash, really. I weight
my beans before I put them in depending on what level of roast I am
looking for. I usually go for a weight of 4oz if I'm looking to get just
into 2nd crack on a 13-14 minute roast time. Less beans, the more heat
you're putting into 'em.. More beans, less heat. Useful to know,
especially if you're working with a delicate bean like a Monsooned bean
of some sort.. So, what say you? :)
Mike
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5) From: Barbara Greenspon
I also my my Zach and Dani roaster.  I am planning to get a Hottop, but 
I do like my Z&D.  I have found I can roast to whatever level I like by 
varying the bean amount very easily.  It sure has been a great roaster 
to start with, and I have given a few as gifts and the recipients have 
loved them also.
Perhaps I'll think differently after I've upgraded; I'm sure I will, 
but that doesn't mean the Z&D does not have its place.
Barbara
(Having had ish at breakfast as a way to deal with getting back from a 
blissful vacation and back to "normality" whatever that is.)
On May 2, 2004, at 11:01 PM, Mike Eyre wrote:
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