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Topic: Advice on roaster purchase (5 msgs / 102 lines)
1) From: Bryan Wray
I am purchasing my next roaster!  So I am coming to all of you for advice.  I realize that opinions on the list are about as varied as there are people on the list, as far as what roaster is best, which roasting method is best, etc.  But I would like some input if possible.
I am thinking that a GC would suit me well.  I roast for myself and for customers (very few... 2-5) at the shop that I work at, so I'm looking for something that I can roast a little more than the 1/4 pound or so that I can currently do with my FR8.
What do you all think?  Is a Hottop better than a GC (general opinions...).  The new HT is like 1200 isn't it?  What about the Behmoir (sp?).  I know it is just coming to market, so opinions are generally "well, time will tell," (also, I know there has been a lot of talk about it on the list lately, but I haven't really been following the emails- sorry...) but what do people think so far?
Any other options I should consider?  I know RK drums are a possibility, but I don't really have the money for a drum and a grill.
Just looking for general opinions.
Thanks for any input.
-Bry
Bryan Wray
NaDean's Coffee Place
Kalamazoo, MI
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2) From: Richard Ferguson
I have been using a GC for about 6 months and have been very pleased.  I have
done roasts from 1/4 to 1/2lb.  My only recommendation would be to rig up an
external cooling system to dump the beans into when they reach your desired
roast level.  I can't comment on the others but I don't think you will be
disappointed in the GC.
richard
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3) From: Erik Snapper
I roast with a GC and am quite happy with it. Of the 3 you mentioned, here's
what I'd say:
Behmor: low cost ($300) - high capacity (1 lb) - smoke reduction - not quite
yet at retail
Gene Cafe: mid cost ($500) - mid capacity (0.5 lb) - no programmable
profiles - best visibility
HotTop: high cost ($700-$900) - mid capacity (0.5 lb) - fastest cooling
cycle
If you plan to roast indoors, you'll want to vent away smoke with the GC or
HotTop. It's easy with the GC because the smoke all comes from one place.
The Behmor has smoke reduction that *may* make this unnecessary,
particularly for smaller batches.
The Behmor isn't yet proven in the market but it's very promising. I'll
conclude with what you probably expected - wait for the Behmor early
adopters to report back (if you can), then decide. It's hard to argue with
"highest capacity, lowest cost, least smoke".
On 10/25/07, Bryan Wray  wrote:
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4) From: Jim De Hoog
Bryan,
If you like to tinker, you can always build your own drum roast=
er and get an inexpensive grill for it or use a current grill.  The most ex=
pensive part of my ice bucket drum roaster was the rotisseri kit.
I would=
 be happy to send you a link for pictures of the ice bucket roster.
Ji=
m "Ice Bucket Roaster" De Hoog
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From: =
Bryan Wray 
To: homeroast=
s.com
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 3:17:01 PM
Subject: +Advice on r=
oaster purchase
I am purchasing my next roaster!  So I am coming to al=
l of you for advice.  I realize that opinions on the list are about as vari=
ed as there are people on the list, as far as what roaster is best, which r=
oasting method is best, etc.  But I would like some input if possible.
=
I am thinking that a GC would suit me well.  I roast for myself and for =
customers (very few... 2-5) at the shop that I work at, so I'm looking for =
something that I can roast a little more than the 1/4 pound or so that I ca=
n currently do with my FR8.
What do you all think?  Is a Hottop better=
 than a GC (general opinions...).  The new HT is like 1200 isn't it?  What =
about the Behmoir (sp?).  I know it is just coming to market, so opinions a=
re generally "well, time will tell," (also, I know there has been a lot of =
talk about it on the list lately, but I haven't really been following the e=
mails- sorry...) but what do people think so far?
Any other options I =
should consider?  I know RK drums are a possibility, but I don't really hav=
e the money for a drum and a grill.
Just looking for general opinions.=
Thanks for any input.
-Bry
Bryan Wray
NaDean's Coffee =
Place
Kalamazoo, MI
"It is my hope that people realize that coffee i=
s more than just a caffeine delivery service, it can be a culinary art"- Ch=
ris Owens.
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hoo!?
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5) From: Bryan Wray
The problem is that I love to tinker, but with being the manager of two different shops, working every day at one or the other from 6-16 hours, researching and sourcing different roasters and getting them into the shop, etc, etc, etc, bla, bla, bla... whine, whine, whine...  I simply don't have time.  I think the Gene Cafe may be the right choice, but I'm very intrigued by the Behmoir (sp again?) and it's possibilities.  In the end, I will probably end up saving for a grinder machine combo, hahaha.
-Bry
 
Bryan Wray
NaDean's Coffee Place
Kalamazoo, MI
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