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Topic: Recommendations for Home Roasters (3 msgs / 92 lines)
1) From: Ross
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Hi, I'm looking for some opinions.  Based personal experience what =
commercially available roasters under $500 are worth considering for =
serious home roasting?
Thanks,
Ross

2) From: george
I have 2 of the former Zach and Dani's (now the Nesco 
Roaster), a Bravi, and a GeneCafe.  The Zach does 1/4 lb, 
the Bravi 1/2 lb., and the GeneCafe can do 1/2 lb plus an 
ounce or two depending on bean type.  
I use the Zach's for decaf for my wife (takes her forever 
to go thru 1/4 lb of a few types) and for small batches 
of mixing beans that need a brighter type roast. I  use a 
thermo-couple with this machine. You can add extra time 
to the roast if needed, up to 5 minutes in minute steps. 
I hear the new Nesco unit has been changed a bit for 
faster roasting according to the advertisements. This 
unit can be used without any exhaust system if you don't 
mind the roast bean smell in the area and don't go into 
charbucks territory.  It has a catalytic converter system 
to rid virtually all of the smoke from roasting. 
The Bravi is used mostly for earthly type beans, samatras 
and the like.... the ones I take towards the FC++ to 
Vienna stages for the "roast flavors". If I definitely 
need to go to the second crack plus stage, it's 
definitely the Bravi I use so I can hear the second crack 
easier.  I also use a thermo-couple with this machine. 
With this machine, you can't add time to the roast once 
it's started, so unless you know the setting you want, go 
over and stop manually when you feel you are in the roast 
where you want to be by sound, aroma, and smoke (and 
thermo-couple if you use one).  
My newer GeneCafe is uses for most all other roasts and 
for mixed bean roasts.    I can't hear second crack in 
the GeneCafe at all but the visual is great.  A lot  of 
times I can't hear first either (although the columbian I 
did the other day was really loud for first).  Can't use 
a thermo-couple with this machine so you have to go by 
sight, smell, and hearing if you can distinguish the 
cracks from the bean sloshings. With this machine you can 
add or subtract time, and modify roasting air temp on the 
fly.  Some people say the automatic cool down is too 
long, but you can stop cooling at any time and cool 
manually for a faster cool down.  
I have not used the Hot Top, so I have no opinion on that 
machine.
George   aka the MadHemi Roaster
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On 3 Dec 2006 at 9:46, Ross wrote:
Hi, I'm looking forsome opinions.Basedpersonal 
experience what commercially available roasters under 
$500 are worth considering for serious home roasting? 
Thanks, 
Ross

3) From: Eddie Dove
Ross,
Give us a little more in the way of details.  How much volume per week?
What size batches?  How much time can you afford to do roasting?
I have a Gene Cafe and it is great for 300 gram (~9 oz) or smaller batches.
I roasted seven pounds (pre-roast weight) of coffee yesterday in the Gene
Cafe; this took about six hours, but I was not in a hurry because I was
testing a profile idea for the Gene Cafe.  One great feature of the Gene
Cafe is that you just use it, empty the chaff collector and put it away.
I am going to get an RKDrum http://www.rkdrums.com)so that I can do larger
batches and exert profile control over those larger batches.
If you have any specific questions about the Gene Cafe, I will be more than
glad to answer them.
Respectfully,
Eddie
On 12/3/06, Ross  wrote:
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