Greetings! I'm looking to purchase a home roaster in the 1/2 lb or greater category. Searches on sweet marias, coffeegeek, roastersguild and misc. roaster forums point to the Hot Top or Gene Cafe. The information is somewhat outdated and was wondering if anyone has any recent experience with either of these home roasters or others appliances you like? I'm also considering the Diedrich Sample Roaster though it would be nice to find something $$$-wise between the 1/2 lb roasters (Hot Top & Gene Cafe) and the Diedrich Sample Roaster. Cheers. eddien.
Eddie, Have you considered the RK Drum? You have to convert a gas grill into a roaster so it isn't plug and play. You also have to make a cooling station of some sort. But for less that the cost of a Hottop or Gene you can be set up to roast from a quarter pound (I have roasted a single bean in mine, but that is due to my vanity!) up to four pounds. I would say a half pound to two pounds is the ideal size roast for my RK setup with a cheap Charbroil duel burner grill. You are looking at a setup that will last you for years and all the the parts that can wear out can be replaced easily and cheaply. Just google RK Drum and you should get to Ron's site. Les On 6/7/06, Eddie Nguyen wrote: <Snip>
And Eddie, when Les ran the single bean roast, he didn't even share the coffee which resulted... We were all very disappointed. I will vouch for the drum as a method, and www.rkdrums.com as a source. ROn makes this so very easy... On the lesser, ore manual method, you might consider a skillet/wok method, or a Heat Gun / Dog Bowl method. Skillet is still my favorite... Regards, Brett On 6/7/06, Les wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman
Plus everyone will go, "You roast COFFEE on your GRILL?!" like you're some kind of freak! Anyways, I also think you should consider the RK Drum. There's a lot of talk in coffee about how long this or that will last before it wears out, but I'm pretty sure my RK Drum will beat 'em all. (Coffee's good, too.) On Wed, 2006-06-07 at 11:52 -0700, Les wrote: <Snip>