Thanksgiving came early this year; that is, there is a lot to be
thankful for, a few good folks to thank, and I'm drinking a blend
which may well be the best I've roasted in over a year.
After 14 months of faithful use, my Behmor died this past weekend.
Knowing it's beyond the stated warranty, I had low expectations.
Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.
I dropped an email to the manufacturer, asking what they might do to
help out. I dropped another to this list for suggestions, both what
to expect from the manufacturer, and suggestions should I need to
replace my beloved Behmor roaster.
I heard from Joe Behm's and his tech support folks within half an hour
-- on Sunday no less -- with the suggestion that if I could manage a
simple repair, they'd send me the replacement motor at their expense.
Barry Luterman wrote me off-list, sent me the plans and color photos,
for the exact repair.
The part arrived this afternoon. I completed the repair this
evening. It took me all of 45 minutes, ringing phone and all
(probably twenty had I taken the phone off the hook). Everything
turned out great, repair holding.
Only issue: I have almost a pound of the blend I last roasted, so I
won't get to the roaster for perhaps a week. The roast turned out to
be so good, I can't imagine not taking some time and enjoying it:
4 oz. Costa Rica Coop Dota Dry Process, roasted to Full City on a Nesco
8 oz. Costa Rica Coop Dota Dry Process, roasted to Full City on the
Behmor (the roast before the motor failed).
8 oz. Bali Kintamani Arabica, roasted to FC+, 4 oz. on I-Roast 2, 4
oz. on Nesco
8 oz. Rwanda Kinunu Bourbon, roasted to FC+, 4 oz. on I-Roast 2, 4
oz. on Nesco
4 oz. Yemen Mohka Sana'ani, roasted to Full City on an I-Roast 2
I blended this all together, only grinding what I needed for the given
pot. I've brewed it in a Chemex, and it was quite rich with an
abundance of chocolate and perhaps a hint of tobacco; looking forward
to brewing up in the vacuum pot this weekend. As I said, I'm very
pleased with this blend.
To those who passed along suggestions, to Barry for the plans and
photos, and to Joe Behm and the folks at Behmor for the motor, a big
thank you to all. Anyone coming into the Bay Area, please feel
welcome to hit me up for a cup of my home roasted, home brewed
experimental coffee anytime.
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