Well, I have only been roasting a few months now, with fewer than 100
roasts. I have been using the IR2, which I love. But, I got my
hands on a Behmore and have been waiting for some medical issues to
clear up before giving it a try. Tonight was the night. I did the
basic, suggested roast of 1/4 pound on P1. I roasted a Zimbabwe AA,
cutting the roast short by 14 seconds.
The most unexpected thing I learned was how well I was hearing the
cracks with the IR2. I had it down. I somehow could separate the
cracks from the noise of the machine. The Behmore is a quiet piece
of art and it let me hear the cracks wonderfully. But, they sounded
the same as in the IR2, just without the stress of focusing and
filtering out the machine noise.
I can't wait to roast plenty more. I also want to see how I will
transfer my profiles to the Behmore from the IR2. I know some don't
think that there are real profiles with the IR2, and that may be true
for some people. One can set it, then go by the senses and stop it
at the best time. However, I have developed a number of profiles
that give me different flavors on one bean type. My favorite bean I
have three profiles I use, which let me keep it to a simple City+,
but then stretch the time between the 1st and 2nd crack and take it
further along, and so on. Whatever works for the person roasting is
I will say I was very nervous about this roast and the Behmore. It
seemed more complicated, though the basic and suggested first roast
was fine. But, fire scares me and I kept getting nervous about that,
which with careful handling and following the instructions is not a
abnormally high risk in any way I could see, though I am no expert.
The after roast bean crunch tasted full and fresh, sweet, with a
touch of fruit, which I could not identify at this time. Maybe after
a bit of rest.
I see myself creating profiles because I can and looking for the best
of each bean. I also see myself using the IR2 quite often, I love
it, I really do.
Though, I have to say, the Behmore, appears to be a wonderful piece
of work, a well made and designed roaster that can meet the needs
that I will have for a long time. I feel the same way about the IR2,
though less impressed with its design, but it can meet my needs for a
nice period of time.
What I really look forward to is roasting the same bean in each
roaster, going for the same roast, using the best profile I can come
up with to reach the roast and then tasting the differences in the
flavor. I don't expect one to be greatly better than the other, but
rather different than each other and that is a good thing. If true,
it adds to my roasting options and I like that.
Congratulations to Joe and his team for what seems like a solid
machine which should do the home roaster well in his or her
endeavors, and more, give us even more things to discuss, argue
about, and just share the joys present when it comes to home roasting.