Had the pleasure of spending Saturday at a coffee and tea expo and a fair
amount of that was hanging around Joe Behm's booth. The 1600 was up and
running at one point. Joe was talking up the basics of homeroasting to a
couple with small children while a 1/2 lb of a Brazilian was going. The
machine is extremely quiet and first crack could be heard over the sounds of
the exhibit floor.
No sooner had Joe issued the warning to "never turn your back on ANY kitchen
appliance" while in operation, he did so himself.
Within seconds, a thin stream of smoke rose up just as second crack began.
Yep, some chaff had ignited. Joe pushed the cooling button and the smoke
disappeared as the supression unit did its thing. I threw my 2 cents in
comparing the episode to burning toast in a toaster - it's part and parcel
of what can happen but not a sign of a flawed process or product.
I was impressed by the roasters' design and clean lines. While I have no
vested interest in how it sells, I can see how much went into its design and
why some things are the way they are.
Joe also learned a valuable lesson - don't use a high chaff coffee for a
BTW, Joe lives in San Diego near where some major wildfires are burning. I
called him yesterday and he says everyone is safe.
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