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Topic: First Roast, Behmor. Experiences. (3 msgs / 134 lines)
1) From: Steve
A great first roast with the Behmor.  Went with the chocolaty Brazil
in the sampler.  Did the whole pound on profile P1, time A.  Hit cool
right at rolling second; it rolled for about a minute into the cooling
cycle.  The beans have a really subtle satin sheen that is probably FC
+.  The roast is pretty even.  There was not much of a pause between
first and second crack, and second crack started very softly and then
was pretty suddenly rolling.  There was a touch of smoke.  Enough to
notice.  Kinda like if you burned some toast, except smells better.
Really not bad for a full pound.  The machine was really quiet, and
bean visibility was good.  Cleaning was easy with a vacuum, and highly
recommended.
Here are my minor criticisms:
1. The light is kind of uneven and it glares off the rotating metal.
This kind of strains my eyes when I am starting at my roast.
2.  It would be nice to have some kind of temperature monitoring, even
if it was just chamber temp.
3.  The manual has a tone that is almost frightened of being sued.  To
the point it almost makes me nervous there is something wrong with the
machine's design that is being sidestepped.
4.  If the STOP button can cause a fire when pressed, it should
probably be interlocked somehow.
5.  More descriptive iconography for the buttons.
Wish list for version 2.0
1.  USB port for data collection.
2. Software-programmable profiles.
3. Temperature monitoring.  Weight monitoring. (?)
4. Software for notes, data and profile storage, and maybe some simple
analysis tools.
5. 1/4# mini-sample roaster.  Something tiny for the small kitchen.
Won't know for sure until I taste some coffee, but this roaster seems
to be a darn solid product.

2) From: Aaron
I did my first roast with mine and love it so far.  I opted for profile 
4, which was a little slow for my general roasting so I will probably 
stick with 3 after I play abit.
very quiet compared to the I roast, and the capacity,  oh im in heaven!!
I had a question that I wrote to the behmor site asking about the 
roaster and I was called by Mr.  Behm about 20 minutes later to explain 
in full what I wanted to know.   Folks, you can't beat customer service 
like that.  I feel like the man is sincere too, I believe that this kind 
of customer service is going to be there always, and isn't just a suckup 
because he's trying to peddle a new product.  The man has a sincere 
passion about his roaster and customer service.   He seems to share 
Tom's ethics on customer service and product quality.  This is a good 
thing no matter how you look at it.
Now for some of the comments made about the product and my take on them.
The manual being written like he is afraid of being sued,  Oh I bet he 
is!!!  In this pathetic society that we live today where folks walk 
around literally looking for some reason to sue and leech a free ride, 
he's just covering his ass, I don't blame him one bit, there are plenty 
of pathetic people out there.
Let's also not forget that he's probably selling overseas too,  europe, 
england, etc, and their rules can be pretty strict as well, so he 
probably needs to hammer it in to cya over there too.
starting a fire if you press the stop button, with any roaster,  if you 
have the beans superheated and then just throw them to stew in a 
scalding pile, then yah, you can start a fire, the warning is more to 
remind people not to do stupid things, more of anything.   Even if he 
disabled the stop button, all one would need to do is pull the power 
cord, and same effect.  that'd be kind of like telling people not to fry 
food on their stove anymore because if they throw water on a fire it 
could spread.
on the lack of a temperature device,  yah that would be a nice addition 
to see what kind of temps are going on.but then what about the 
accuracy?  If it's showing roaster temp, then folks will complain they 
want bean temp not roaster temp.
On the computer interface and all that stuff, again, for some that would 
be useful, but then again, when we start adding all kinds of gadgetry 
the 299 roaster becomes a 399 roaster and then some.  Look at how 
obnoxiously insane the prices of the hot top has climbed because of a 
few additions.  Im sorry, I have been in manufacturing before and the 
markup on those type of things is insane, but as long as folks kept 
buying them, they had no reason to get a bit more down to earth with the 
$$$ on the price tag.
Who knows, now that there is a high quality roaster on the market at 
less than half the price, that does just as well, for over double the 
batch size, maybe they will start coming down in price as well... it 
could be a win win situation for all.
Overall, I like what I see with the behmor so far.  Ill have to run a 
ton of beans through it fully tinkering but it's pretty much idiot proof 
so far it seems.  I mean if I can use it first time out of box and make 
a decent batch, anyone should be able to.
Aaron

3) From: gin
Aaron:
I could not agree more.
Great machine that anyone can use without having to know tons of stuff about profiles and all that stuff.
Get some greens, get Behmor and roast some really great brew...
great comments Aaron,
ginny
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