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 homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
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. --
john writes: <Snip> 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
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, Regards, Cathy http://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast">http://www.lhasa-apso.orghomeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. <Snip> [mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of John - Deep Southern Texas <Snip> 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.