I had decided on a Gene Cafe, but have been doing a little more looking. There's really not much of a price difference between it and the Hot Top. My perception is that the Gene Cafe is a "home" styled unit while the Hot Top patterns itself more after a "commercial" style. I don't know if that's true. Give then choice....Which would you recommend? Why? Thanks a ton! Grace and Peace, `tim -- The content of this e-mail may be private or of confidential nature. Do not forward without permission of the original author. -- Rev. Tim TenClay, IAPC, NATA #253 Dunningville Reformed Church (www.dunningville.org) Personal Blog:http://www.tenclay.org/blog
Tim, I own a Gene Cafe, but I do not have a Hottop. I use my Gene Cafe (GC) strictly indoors under a range hood that is vented outside, but I am sure one can do the same with the Hottop. I do like the fact the the "exhaust" / chaff collector is directional; I can "aim" the smoke, smells and sounds. Since I have a hearing deficit, this has really helped me become more attuned to the non-audible roasting cues; which has helped me produce some of the best coffee I have ever had, and produce the flavors that Tom writes about in the coffee descriptions. Probably what I like the most is that I use it, empty the chaff collector and put it away. I would be more than glad to answer any questions you may have. I hope this is helpful. Eddie Dove Long Beach, Mississippi On 11/1/06, Tim TenClay wrote: <Snip>
Hottop has the advantage of better cooling. Plus for those who don't like to fuss with a bunch of variables it can't be beat. Roasting by,time ,temp and smell is all I have ever needed. Too many variables give me headaches. Also from what I have seen the Hottop seems better built. Actually it's built like a tank. Haven't heard any complaints of breakdowns or costly repairs. It's been around longer than the Gene. Furthermore, as you said it's more of a drum roaster than a hybrid fluid bed roaster and for me coffee roasted in a drum roaster is superior to one roasted in a fluid bed.
Stock, the HotTop really is not like a commercial drum roaster and tends = to roast longer and slower than I've seen usual for most artisan drum = roasts. Probats, Dietrichs, San Frans etc. drum roasters all have profile = control, manual or automated, while the HotTop does not. Solid drums on = commercials versus perfed. Spent 5 hours yesterday with Phillip @ Paradise Café = roasting on his Dietrich IR7. (Variable gas infrared heaters and two drum air = speeds 80 or 20%) A modified P1 with dual variable voltage control can actually do better = than a HotTop. But for an off the shelf easy to use roaster the HotTop does a decent = job, better than most if not all of the other stock off the shelf home = roasting appliances. Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I = must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal = enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone = before. <Snip>
Im guessing for commercial roasters, they can also be drum or air? Is = there a combo of both? That would seem ideal.
<Snip> Tim, I went through the same angst a couple of month ago, looking at pluses and minuses of each machine. I finally settled on a Gene Cafe (which came just hours before I left on a week long trip so that I couldn't even try it). I'm really happy with the machine having run a dozen or so roasts through it. I also worried about the more rapid cooling ability ofthe Hot Top, but I can't say that the Gene Cafe is excessive in the cool-down period. Maybe it's just not as importantto me since I've learned from Tom that you just stop the roast a little shy of where you want it and let it coast intothe right degree of roasting. Works just fine. Frank Parth