Hi all. This is my first post after a short lurk. I've been using a poppery II for about six months. It's modded to provide switch control over the heater, and the thermal protection bypassed. Roast times have always been erratic, and are now getting longer and longer (30 min to 2nd crack), and the resultant roast is flat and tasteless. I assume temp is too low, and I'm just baking the beans. Obviously frustrating. I'm not sure whether the next step is to add a variac and see if that helps, or just to scrap the popper and upgrade to another unit. I prefer FC / FC+ roasts right now (admittedly, I'm a recovering Peet's-a-holic), so the reviews I read on the Z&D concern me - 1) ability to get a darker roast, and 2) general build quality. Was thinking about the iRoast 2, but am concerned about build quality as well, if I read the complaints on coffeegeek.com forums correctly. And of course, it's not in stock at SM until Hearthware starts shipping again after their recent warehouse move. I realize no roaster's perfect, and there's no silver bullet. And I've read the posts about outlet voltage and wonder if my first step should be getting a variac - no matter what roaster I end up going with. I'm not an electrician and not especially handy either, so testing outlet voltages and the sort make me a bit leary. Any suggestions? Obviously a lot of you here have been doing this a whole lot longer than I have, and I was just hoping someone could save me making a costly mistake. Thanks in advance. Tim Wat timothywat
First Tim what kind of budget are we talking about? Second how many lbs per week do you use?How do you like espresso?
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Sounds like you are shooting for a Gene and add a Variac later if needed. I have a Hottop no experience with the Gene. Here in Hawaii roasting outdoors all year haven't needed a Variac with it. I personally think the hottop has an edge over the Gene. Better cooling and easy to hear the cracks.If possible go for the Hottop. You probably will not have to add a Variac and it will come out about the same as far as price. From experience upgrade fever can get very expensive.Try going for the best first time around. Unlike grinders and espresso machines roaster resale prices are not as good.
Opps misread your message. Thought you said you can spend 500 for Gene. Try cheap roasting methods, Wok, HGDB etc.If not I-roast is a nice machine but don't expect longevity or a large output from it
This is a new mail program for me, so please excuse if it doesn't come out right. If it doesn't look right, I'll switch back. Okay, now to the good stuff, You don't have to worry about the Zach's for making dark roasts. I have two of them and they both are very consistant to each another and do dark roasts with no problems. I don't even cut down on the beans like they suggest. I just put in anyplace from 125 to as much as 150 grams and they roast with no problems. Easy to hear the cracks, and visual is great. I usually roast most of my beans to full city and beyond, some into vienna and french roast territory. Again, no problems. I also have a bravi, great machine but can't see beans, although the sound of the cracks are heard easily. Also just purchased a GeneCafe and it roasts great, nice and visable roasting. After about 6 roasts, I must say I can not hear the cracks. I did several different varieties and only on one did I hear a few first cracks. George the hemi roaster On 8 Sep 2006 at 15:14, homeroast- request wrote: <Snip>
Tim Wat wrote: <Snip> Tim, see my recent post "A Non-Traditional offering". Doug