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Topic: Note on Hot Top Pricing (2 msgs / 84 lines)
1) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
Greg Scace wrote:
"I would consider buying one when my Alp fails.  Dunno what others would do,
but if the hot top is well constructed as folks say, it might be a pretty
good deal in the 400.00 range."
I agree with Greg. I definitely do NOT want the Hot Top/Baratza people to
lower the quality in order to lower the cost.
The expected life of fluid bed / hot air home coffee roasters is
approximately two years, correct?  We can expect much longer life from the
Hot Top bean roaster, correct?
Regards, Lubos
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2) From: coffenut
Lubos,
Good questions.  My original Alp is just over 2 years old with zero
failures.  On average, I roast two half-lb batches every 4 days.  On my
HWP, it died within the first two weeks and I've owned it for less than
one year, however I don't use the HWP each week.  
So, on the air-roasters (or really any roaster), the question may be how
much do you use/roast with it and how long have you operated on the
"same roaster" before it died?
Life expectation of a home-roaster appliance appears to be affected by
several things which can affect product life.  Quality of the product,
user cleaning, duty cycle vs your actual use, etc.  From what I've seen,
roaster product life is something one takes with a "measurable grain of
salt".  If we take it too seriously and expect x-years from a given
product without failure, disappointment is likely to set in.  The higher
the product cost, the more intense that disappointment.  I remember
thinking at one point, "at $270...boy I hope this Alpenrost doesn't
croak right after warranty expiration".  Well it didn't, knock on bean,
but now that I'm addicted to home roasting, I have to confess I'd just
buy another Alp if I had to.  
Time and user experiences will tell if the Hot-top makes the grade and
warrants it's price (whatever that may be).  I won't be an early adopter
(unless my Alp was to die), but look forward to seeing how the Hot-top
fares.
Coffenut  :^)


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