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Topic: Alpenrost stuck on high?-long (61 lines)
1) From: TFisher511
<<>I have the HWP and the Alpenrost, and probably run about an equal quantity
 >of beans through each.
 >Terry F
 
 >I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the relative merits of
 >each sometime.
 >Don >>
Don & all,
First of all I roast by sight, sound and a little by smell. I always use a 
small digital timer to kind of let me know about where I should be in the 
roast cycle but I basically don't roast by time. I like to roast until the 
look (a combination of color and sheen) and smell and sound (fully through 
first crack but either before or just into second crack) are right, then I 
hit the cool button. I had a thermometer, but it didn't provide what I 
considered repeatable and accurate data so I gave it away. I am not much on 
data collection for my roasts, so the numbers are not pertinent for my style 
of roasting. Others on the forum use the data and are very successful with 
their own roasting styles. I think these are important factors in what each 
person would consider merits of the Alpenrost and/or the Hearthware 
Precision, so I hope that somewhat explains the lengthy introduction before 
starting into my other thoughts. These are obviously only my opinions and 
therefore subject to change and welcome contradiction without notice.
Hearthware Precision:
Roast volume:  cup - not bad but I normally like to roast more at one time
Sight: Great - You can see the beans turn through all stages of the roast
Smell: Good - Can easily detect the aroma at various stages during the roast
Sound: Okay - Somewhat on the noisy side but able to detect first crack with 
no problem and normally can hear second crack
Cooling: Adequate - Beans are nearly room temperature at end of 5 minute 
cooling cycle
Roast control setting: Poor - Not accurate enough to adequately control roast 
unattended. No big deal for me because I choose to stop the roasts when I 
feel they are where I want them anyway.
Cleaning: Easy - Chaff easy to clean and entire top roasting chamber is 
dishwasher safe.
Flavor: Bright - Easy to distinguish between the different origins 
Alpenrost:
Roast volume: Does 8 ounces of coffee per batch - Good but 8 ounces by 
weight, or at least a consistent weight of coffee is critical to roast degree
Sight: Roast not visible - you can open the roaster to peek, but this 
probably will effect the roast 
Smell: ? It is hard for me to follow the aroma during the roast since the 
chamber is enclosed. 
Sound: Okay - Relatively quiet roaster but with the well insulated chamber, 
it is difficult for me to hear the cracks from first to second. Very muffled.
Cooling: Poor - The cooling cycle is approximately 5 minutes and after 
discharging the beans, they are still very warm to the touch. Additional 
cooling is required after the roast is complete.
Roast control setting: Good - The time is very consistent allowing for a 
repeatable process, provided the roasting mass is also constant
Cleaning: Easy - It is easy to clean
Flavor: Full - I think the flavor has more body but the subtle differences 
are muted
I hope this helps in your decision. Although it may sound like I am not 
satisfied with the Alp, I really do like the coffee I roast in this machine.
Terry F


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