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Topic: ALP & HotTop users? (5 msgs / 150 lines)
1) From: John - Deep Southern Texas
Are there any Alp users testing the new HotTop?  I'd love to know how they
compare.  Unfortunately I don't have a frame of reference for slow roasts. I
m harking back to the "Is it twice as good?"  That was being bandied about
on the list two months ago.  It is clearly better than any of the methods I
ve used thus far, but I don't know if that's because I've always used "Small
and fast" roasters.
Thanks
John
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2) From: John - Deep Southern Texas
Cathy;
    
    Short answer:  Its a guy thing   True answer: we obsess easily.  
    My "collection" evolved and was never planned (I didn't feel it comin=
g
anyway) I started with a steel skillet and a glass lid - and was happy fo=
r a
couple of years.  Then I discovered the Fresh Roast and bought one from T=
om.
 Then I realized that 2 ounces isn't much - and started pushing the load
envelop.  I modified it to stretch the roast cycle.  Then when the FR+ ca=
me
out I knew that Tim had solved a bunch of the problems and ordered one.  =
It
was working wonderfully - but I kept the original as a backup.  Then I wa=
s
shipped a Caffe Rosto to do some head to head comparisons.  So now there
were four.  Then the Hot Top became available - and the thought of a
profiled 1/2 pound was more than I could resist.    I had thought of maki=
ng
some of this stuff presents for my kids - but like Dad they are committed=
 to
their FR+.  And selling one would be like selling a child.  
    So what I do mostly is hide them in the storage shed and hope my belo=
ved
never asks what I did with them.
John - and I don't think a shrink would take us on for anything.
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3) From: TFisher511
john writes:
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John,
If you bring the HotTop I will get my Alp out of the box, and set them both 
on the roasting bench with my old Unimax2000. Unimax = 9 minutes to first 
crack.
I need you to bring the HotTop because, being the wimp that I am, there is no 
way I can drink all that coffee.
Letting the subject drift slightly, I have noticed a disadvantage to vacuum 
sealing all of my coffee. It doesn't stack all that well now and when I open 
the cupboard and start looking for that special bean, I almost need steel 
toed shoes so those hard blocks of beans don't fall and smash my toes.
With the dangers of the hobby, maybe we should invite Cathy just in case 
thing get totally out of control.
Thanks for keeping us informed and laughing John,
Terry F

4) From: Catherine Marley, M.D.
Letting the subject drift slightly, I have noticed a disadvantage to vacuum
sealing all of my coffee. It doesn't stack all that well now and when I open the
cupboard and start looking for that special bean, I almost need steel toed shoes
so those hard blocks of beans don't fall and smash my toes. With the dangers of
the hobby, maybe we should invite Cathy just in case thing get totally out of
control.
Happy to be of whatever help to the CSA I can.  However it seems to me  you all
need a shrink rather than a surgeon.  There is a point at which hobby crosses
over into obsession.  5 roasters indeed! A "roasting bench"! I had a husband who
had 35 fishing poles.  Never could figure out how he could possibly use all of
them.  What DO you do with 5 roasters????
For the conservation of the Tibetan Lhasa Apso,
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5) From: coffenut
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of John - Deep
Southern Texas
 
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John, here's the way it would go:
 
Coffee Obsessor:  Doc, I have 5 roasters and don't know what to do about
it.
 
Shrink:  Tell me more.why do you feel that way.why do you think you need
so many roasters?
 
Coffee Obsessor:  I don't know Doc, it started with a Fresh Roast and
before I knew it I had every roaster you can buy.
 
Shrink:  Interesting.I think I'm starting to see a solution..wanna sell
one of 'em?
 
Coffenut  :^)  who doesn't want to get better.
 


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