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Topic: ping Tom @ SM : Programmable Hot Top (2 msgs / 147 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Tom,
Do you have an idea of when and if you will be carrying the new 
programmable Hottop?  I know that you would prefer to spend some time 
and write up a complete review before offering it, but the Hottop 
platform has already proved itself to be reliable and several people 
on this list are waiting for you to offer it before purchasing it. 
Other places are already carrying it, but we would prefer to give you 
the sale.
Also, for those early adopters, how pleased are you with the 
performance of the programmable model?  The main knock I have heard 
about them is that they still use the thermister on the back wall for 
temperature feedback and it is not very sensitive and is improperly 
located.
Mike Chester
Hi Mike - I am not sure about your last point there - I need to look 
into it. My focus has been "ease of use" and cup quality. I have been 
working on a page for the roaster, but just havent gotten to the 
level of detail that I want to, and so I hadn't published it. My 
camera futzed on me so all the pics of the actual program cycle were 
lost. So the page offers my general thoughts, but not a lot of good 
info. The cup results are very good, and I am going to do a 
comparitive 3 way blind cupping next week of all the drum roasters - 
should be interesting.
Here is the link thoughhttp://www.sweetmarias.com/hottop_programmable.htmlTom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

2) From: DJ Garcia
Tom,
Thanks for the link. I'm glad you concur with my original assessment of =
the
user interface - being geek-brained by nature these things can look good =
to
me and horrible to others. Given the constraints they're working with, I
think it would be tough to do a better job. I am currently working on an
upgrade of my database app based on my new way of looking at roasting =
given
the functionality of the Programmable HT. At the very worst, playing =
with
the programs has given me a better insight into the roasting process, =
plus
good motivation to do some more coding :-).
I'm finding things that may be obvious to you but to me at first might =
not
seem to have a large impact on the roast, such as when the fan comes on, =
for
how long and how strong. Another on the obverse(?) side is that the =
ramp-up
aggressiveness I put in the program may not be as effective as I might =
think
because of the inertia of the beans. And of course that changing the =
weight
range will give a totally different ramp-up behavior, so you really need
different programs for at least small, medium and large payloads. So one =
of
my key new functions is to easily put in periodic temp readings which =
can be
compared to the actual program settings.
I have been able to get good somewhat different cups from the same bean =
so
I'm really looking forward to your observations.
DJ


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