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Topic: Tom's programmable Hottop review (3 msgs / 190 lines)
1) From: gwargo1
Hey everyone,
Longtime reader, 1st email.  After a bittersweet, yet doomed, relationship with 
an alp ( a long, tragic, and in the end bitter-rant filled story that will best 
be left unsaid and uncursed), I have been contemplating getting a hottop to 
replace the drum roasting goodness that I loved so much.  I currently am using 
an iroast, which I love, but am missing the rich tones and notes that drum 
roasting brings to the cup.  So, my question is, did I miss Tom's review of the 
new Hottop?  I have scoured the archives, and though it wouldn't an error in the 
slightest on my part that I missed it, I couldn't find anything.
I have read alot of the notes the early adopters have given, and I like what I 
have read, but I am wondering if it is worth the extra $$.  Part of my wants to 
get the digital, get the feel for it, and later upgrade, but then another part 
of me knows that I have no single electronically inclined cell in my body, so 
that would be quite an endeavor.
So, the programablilty (maybe even moreso) than the iroast2, with the notes of a drum?  Give thoughts!!
Thanks,
Greg

2) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
Greg,
as far as I know, Tom has not yet published his review of the Programmable Hottop, as I am waiting for it, too. I believe that the most complete review so far is at:http://home.surewest.net/frcn/Coffee/BeanRoaster_P.htmlI have one of the "early adopters" Hottop bought before Sweet Maria;s started selling the Hottops. It is the early model without the protective guards etc. Couple of months ago I upgraded that early old model to the Programmable version and I love that upgrade.  In my opinion, it is worth the money, especially if you like to experiment with different roasting profiles.
I believe that the Programmable Hottop is by far the best home roaster available. (I have never tried the "Computer-Controlled Roaster(seehttp://www.pawlan.com/ccr.html)so I cannot compare those two versions of Hottop.) 
If you wish, contact me off this list and I will be happy to tell you more about my experiences with the conversion and use of the updated version.  In short: I love it.
Cheers, Lubos in the Teas Hill Country part of Austin.
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From: gwargo1
To: homeroast
Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 22:04:11 +0000
Subject: +Tom's programmable Hottop review
Reply-To: homeroast
Hey everyone,
Longtime reader, 1st email.  After a bittersweet, yet doomed, relationship with 
an alp ( a long, tragic, and in the end bitter-rant filled story that will best 
be left unsaid and uncursed), I have been contemplating getting a hottop to 
replace the drum roasting goodness that I loved so much.  I currently am using 
an iroast, which I love, but am missing the rich tones and notes that drum 
roasting brings to the cup.  So, my question is, did I miss Tom's review of the 
new Hottop?  I have scoured the archives, and though it wouldn't an error in the 
slightest on my part that I missed it, I couldn't find anything.
I have read alot of the notes the early adopters have given, and I like what I 
have read, but I am wondering if it is worth the extra $$.  Part of my wants to 
get the digital, get the feel for it, and later upgrade, but then another part 
of me knows that I have no single electronically inclined cell in my body, so 
that would be quite an endeavor.
So, the programablilty (maybe even moreso) than the iroast2, with the notes of a drum?  Give thoughts!!
Thanks,
Greg

3) From: DJ Garcia
Greg, you haven't missed the review as there has been none, nor do I =
know if
he's working on one at all. Or maybe he got so disgusted he didn't want =
to
write about it a all :-), only he and God know.
As an early adopter by converting my 3-year old model, I can tell you it
seems to be able to handle a wide range of programming, but you need to
experiment to get to know its behavior, because the temps are not taken =
from
inside the mass of beans, but from the side (back, to be precise) so =
it's
more of the temp of the air around the beans. You'll probably want a
somewhat different profile for a 150gm load than for a 300gm load =
because of
the different inertia, the smaller load changing temp noticeably =
quicker. 
I can tell you the following:
1. I feel they did a very good job with the interface - nothing is =
perfect,
but I feel it is very well done especially given the control panel
constraints. At no time am I thinking, "This is retarded" or "What were =
they
thinking of" or "What was I thinking of when I got this thing".
2. I can get a better roast than with the original HT profile with my =
lucky
second SWAG program for 250-300gm loads, my usual.
3. It's quite easy to tweak a program you already have and save it.
4. Their customer service is an example of excellence to any other =
vendor.
Unfortunately I don't drink that much coffee (2 double/triple shot
cappuccinos a day) so I haven't played as much as other more dedicated =
folks
here do with their setups, but enough to have varied my roast times from
just over 6 minutes to 1st crack (not optimal but still drinkable roast =
:-)
to 13+ minutes. My current favorite 2nd guess is about 11:30 - 12:00 and =
I'm
currently zeroing in on a good tweak. I'll post when I get more useful
profiles.
You should download the manual fromhttp://www.hottopusa.comand check =
it
out. Expect to need to play around, but you can always immediately fall =
back
to their normal program, which I loved for three years. But that's me -
other people, other tastes and inclinations.
Happy roasting whatever you decide!
DJ


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