Hello fellow homeroasters,
After using my new Nesco home roaster for six weeks, round about forty
times, I thought it worthwhile posting my positive experience with the
machine. I've had no problems, and I have been impressed with the
consistency of its output. The instructions, as I expected from the reviews
online, said that french roasts take 27 to 30 minutes (i.e., 22 to 25 mins.
+ 5 min. cooling time), and there is a second, shorter fill line to speed
french-level roasts along. But my experiments with Sweet Maria's Puro Scuro
blend showed that 25 mins. (20 roast + 5 cooling) was enough, and that with
the beans at the normal fill line. I've had similar results with other beans
I've tried, with city-level roasts coming in at 21 mins (16 + 5). It seems
that this new version of the Z&D is really an improvement, if what I read
online is reliable.
So I'm getting great roasts, faster than I expected, with great consistency,
and there's no sign that the machine wants to slow down. And just enough
smoke comes out to give the house a nice aroma, nothing overwhelming. It's
one of the more expensive machines, but I consider it a very worthwhile
investment. That's my two bits for anyone contemplating a purchase. If my
experience changes I'll notify everyone.
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