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Topic: Comments on my new HotTop (3 msgs / 80 lines)
1) From: Mike Koenig
I've held off from saying anything about my new Hottop until I got a
few roasts done, rested and tasted.  My first impression is that I'm
enjoying roasting again.  When I was using the grill drum, roasting
became a chore (mostly because I don't have a dedicated grill,  I lack
the space).  Now I look forward to roasting,  and have been drinking a
bit too much coffee so I can roast more and speed up the learning
curve.
I can't say I have everything nailed down yet, but so far I've had
some of the best roasts I've ever done.  (my roasting methods have
consisted of Hearthware Precision > iRoast > homemade grill drum >
Hottop)
My espresso shots with Monkey blend are a lot more mellow (for me,
this is a good thing), with less of the bitter "bite" I was getting
with all my earlier roasting methods.
Last week's roast of the Panama Carmen estate 1800+ (the last in my
stash from last year) gave me a very similar "wow" reaction as when I
first started homeroasting.  I was able to nail a perfect city roast.
Being able to see the beans helps me overcome my phobia of stopping
the roast too early.
Shots of the Yemen Sharasi are so far giving me some of the best
espresso I've had at home, ever.
So overall I'm quite pleased with it.  Roasting is a relaxing process
now, and I don't have to put up with any "Hacks" to get the type of
roast I want as I used to with the iRoast or HWP.  The only key
feature I wish it had was a probe for bean temperature (something I
probably will add).
--mike
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2) From: Les
Mike,
Thanks for the report.  As much I loved my RK drum, I am finding the same
experience with my half-kilo USRC roaster.  You said, " Roasting is a
relaxing process now........."  I am finding that I am having a lot more fun
again too.  If I had not wanted the one pound capacity, I would have
seriously considered a Hottop.  I also have a Behmor.  The more I play with
the Behmor, the more I see it as an excellent roaster that can be
manipulated to vary the profiles.  I think that experimenting with different
weights of beans allows variation in roasting.  The set profiles can't be
changed, but the batch size can be used to manipulate the roast.  So for
about $300.00 you can get a lot of control.  I am sorry I digressed!  All of
this to just say, we really do have some excellent choices out there that
should fit any one's budget.
Les
On 4/28/08, Mike Koenig  wrote:
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3) From: Leo Zick
im with you. the HT is amazing.  ive had the same results with the same
beans, panama and monkey, both soo much better. so far, panama and harrar
are my favs.
i just got some of the yemen, i will have to try that next.
playing with the profiles is much easier too (compared to the SC/TO).
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