HomeRoast Digest


Topic: The Future of Home Roasting (Update) (33 lines)
1) From: Jeremy DeFranco
Hello folks. The 2006 annual SCAA conference is well underway, and so hotto=
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will officially not be pssd for revealing the following information I
received via email communication with Hottop USA. Hottop will be unleashing
a new programmable digital model in the next few weeks (apparently 2-3, but
may be longer). This means temps and roast cycle will be programmable.
Apparently it was suppossed to be in production and ready to sell as of the
beginning of the SCAA conference (RIGHT NOW), but apparently Hottop had som=
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turnover problems with some of their engineers. So I beleive the model they
are currently showing at the conference is not the final model (but I think
it is pretty close). Hottop is probably having expert home roasters (like
Tom?) test out the prototype before the final model is rolled off the
assembly line. Another awesome thing Hottop is doing (in the later future I
beleive), will be releasing a larger quantity (3 or 5 pound- I don't think
they decided yet) home roaster. A note for all you lucky people out there
already owning a Hottop- The new programmable digital model sounds like it
will be designed so that new consoles can be swapped in for old consoles,
however to be sure, you have to wait until they settle on a final model (bu=
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they definitely are setting out to design it that way). I'll have to say,
any company that allows customers with their current models to upgrade to
the new specs is top notch. It makes the idea of shelling out that amount o=
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money sound even more reasonable. I hear Quality of Hottops can't be beat
either- Things are supposed to be built like tanks. Plus, according to a
previous post by Tom, the out-of chamber cool just can't be beat by other
home roasters on the market (although I think he is still in the testing
process of GeneCafe). Until next time, I'll be waiting for SM to sell the
new programmable Hottop model, and shining up my credit card : )  Happy
Roasting,  Jeremy


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