We have upgraded our very old, summer 2002 Hottop to the programmable
unit and I love the capabilities of the programmable design. You ask if
it is worth the money. Only you can answer that question. We are just
two, with occasional visitor, and the 250g size is perfect for us. A
bigger, professional unit would roast too much coffee which would be
stale before we could use it all. The 250g seems like the perfect size
for personal use.
Let me repeat my thoughts about the programmable Hottop I shared with
If you like to get an excellent cup of coffee, if you want to try
getting different aromas and flavors, if you want complicate your
roasting life by trying different profiles, I believe that the
Programmable Hottop is the way to go.
So far, I have very little experience with different profiles, and to
keep it not too complicated, I am (for now) sticking to one type of
beans (in fact a blend of two coffees) I liked from the original
Hottop. From the very limited programmable Hottop experience, I can
tell you that different profiles do make a very noticeable difference.
However, I realize it will be a lot of experimentation, note taking, and
coffee tasting -- trying to discover what changes to the profile result
in what changes to the aroma and the taste of the drink.
So far, I have, for example, no idea what the effect of the fan OFF or
fan running at different speeds during different time segments of the
profile is. The same is true for the other parameters you can change. A
lot of things to learn and discover.
Do I feel the upgrade will make the roasted coffee better then it has
been? I know that in the beginning the upgrade will make the roasted
coffee either about the same, or better, or worse, then it has been from
the old Hottop. I am sure that I will learn how to make it consistently
Should you upgrade? I think it depends on the type of a person you are,
if you are a satisfier or a maximizer.
Exactly as you would expect, the satisfier makes a decision once he or
she finds something that works and is "good enough". A maximizer must
look at every possibility and consider every pro and con before he or
she has made a decision.
I believe that the closer you are to being a maximizer, the more you
will like the Programmable Hottop. In my opinion, for a pure satisfier,
the regular Hottop is the machine to use.
Why did I do an upgrade? I am always leaning to being a maximizer. I
love our old Hottop, but if I can get an even better roasted coffee, I
Let us know your decision!