Congrats on your Poppery purchase. It's a fine piece of engineering, and likely will make many batches of coffee. I've got one that must have popped 100 pounds of popcorn (my in-laws LOVE popcorn - how they ate that much hot air corn is beyond me - blech). The motor is worn, the fan was falling off the shaft (fixed that), I just cleaned it, oiled it, and it roasts like a champ. Smooooth and quiet. I still don't understand why the Hearthware stuff has to sound like a mulching mower...???
Anyway, I've been having little luck getting REALLY good espresso roast from any of my hot air poppers. So, the other day Gonzo gave me some of the Northern Italian Blend he roasted at the shop on the Diedrich. He really took care in a slow ramp up on the roast. The blend itself is very similar to Tom's Monkey. Man, that was one of the best espressos I've ever had. I roasted some of the same batch of beans at home, and cannot duplicate the 'bouquet' of flavors and the total lack of harshness and bite. My hot air roasted blends have a roughness that the drum roasted blends don't seem to have.
The moral?? If you are into espresso, that stovetop popper may be the ticket. I may actually have to break down and buy an Alp one of these days (or whatever comes out in the next year that supersedes it) and use the Alp specifically for espresso. The hot air roasters work much better for vac pot coffee or moka pot. Not to mention I have enough hot air roasters to last me probably into the next ice age....:-)
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