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Topic: Gene Cafe?? (8 msgs / 197 lines)
1) From: Phil Palmintere
As I read the posts of many of you, I realized that I don't recall anyone
posting about their Gene Café experiences.  Is anyone using it? If not, w=
hy
not?
Thanks
Phil
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2) From: Frank Parth
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, why
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Phil,
I'm using the GC and love it. I wouldn't trade it =
for a Behmor or anything else. Unfortunately I =
was traveling while this thread was going on and =
had limited e-mail access. I read the thread only =
when I got home on the 24th.
I was gone for three months, and the first thing =
my better half complained about was that I didn't =
leave her enoughcoffee. I have strict orders to =
leave at least a couple of pounds of roasted =
coffee if I'm going to be gone for anylength of =
time.
Frank Parth
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3) From: John Ferguson
I've had a GeneCafe for about 15 months now and am very happy with it. I
can't compare it to a Behmor or Hot Top. However, I had previously use
unmodded poppers, an i-Roast (original version) and then wok roasting and
the GeneCafe is definitely  my favourite. I like the 1/2 lb batch size and
it's quiet operation.
John
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4) From: John A C Despres
I use a Gene Cafe and would not trade it away for anything. It's incredibly
versatile with amazing control.
Do you have questions, Phil?
John
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5) From: Phil Palmintere
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I've been thinking about getting one as my step up from a popcorn popper,
and it occurred to me all the chatter seems to be about Behmor with a few
people aspiring to the Hottop, which led me to wonder if the Gene Cafe were
somehow suboptimal.  It sounds like it isn't. 
Is there anything about the ergonomics or operation or cleaning that bothers
you?
Thanks,
Phil
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6) From: Frank Parth
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Nope. The only regular cleaning it gets is vacuuming out the air intakes and cleaning the inside of the roasting 
chamber. After about two years it just stopped roasting properly, and I was told to take the chaff collector and dumpit 
in apot of boiling water for a few minutes. That cleaned out all the oils and gunk that had accumulated and it's worked 
perfectly ever since.
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7) From: Derek Bradford
Quick response...  I bought one a few years ago.  It roasted well, but
cooled poorly and I ultimately cooled the beans externally.  The cooling
cycle was something like 11 minutes long, and the beans were still quite
warm when it finished.  I had a couple breakdowns, but the company was
excellent about fixing it.
I wasn't as happy with it mainly because I'd been using a drum roaster over
gas beforehand, and it had a bigger batch size, easier cooling, better roast
control, and definitely a superior roast.  But I had to build that myself,
while the GC is off the shelf and works quite well overall.  If I were
looking for a roaster like that today, I think I'd look quite closely at a
Behmor instead, simply for the bigger batch size.  I brew espresso, so 1/2
pound batches means a lot of roasting.
--Derek
On Fri, Dec 25, 2009 at 11:40 PM, Phil Palmintere <
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8) From: Bob Glasscock
Hi Phil,
Happy New Year to you and everyone else on the list. My roasting experience
is pretty limited, having used an iRoast 2 for about 3 years and, when
traveling, a Fresh Roast goes with us in the RV. About 2 months ago I
purchased the Gene Café, and like most others following this thread have
been very pleased with it. The reasons I chose the GC over the Behmor or Hot
Top were 1)affordability, and 2) it appeared to be as close to
"set-it-and-forget-it" as possible (although no home model roaster I have
read about should ever operate untended). So far the GC has lived up to my
expectations and produces a respectable roast...city to full city...without
any finagling. I always dump a newly roasted batch into a metal colander to
cool, and cleaning is a breeze...shop vac and compressed air make it about a
two minute job. That being said, I am still a neophyte roaster and would
really like to hear how GC owners tinker with roasts to get more interesting
results. I just don't know how versatile a rig it is for customizing roasts.
Anyone?
Bob Glasscock


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