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Topic: Alp Roaster Question (6 msgs / 110 lines)
1) From: Jeff Rader
Well, I've been lurking for quite a while and learning a lot from all of
you.  I've managed to "upgrade" my coffee system to a Silvia, Rocky,
Capresso Coffee Team, HWP and, of course, Sweet Marias beans.  I'm having a
blast and making truly wonderful espresso and the best drip coffee I have
ever tasted.  I really enjoy the roasting, but am not as "deep" as many of
you, and probably won't be - too many hobbies, too little time.  I go
through 2-3 batches of coffee (espresso and drip or press) a week.  I've
been roasting for 6 months or so.
That being said, what is the benefit to upgrading to an Alp roaster (other
than the larger batch size)?  Improved flavor with the same amount of effort
as the HWP?  More reliable?  More consistent?
Ant advise would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
Jeff
jraderph
"Meddle not in the affairs of dragons.  For you are crunchy and taste great
with ketchup."

2) From: Texinga
In a message dated 7/14/2000 3:34:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
jraderph writes:
<< That being said, what is the benefit to upgrading to an Alp roaster (other
 than the larger batch size)?  Improved flavor with the same amount of effort
 as the HWP?  More reliable?  More consistent? >>
After you get past the question "am I happy with my current roaster", then 
I'd say one of the benefits of the Alp is the roast process being longer.  I 
feel that it adds more body to the roast after having compared a roast from a 
fluid bed roaster using the same bean as I have used on my Alp.  Since I 
dearly love a good Sulawesi with rich body, this product was right up my 
alley.
I also roast for both myself and daughter (who has moved out), and I like the 
1/2lb capability too.  With respect to reliability, I think most computerized 
home-roaster products are a work in progress.  There are upsides and 
downsides that must be considered with the Alp such as not being able to see 
the roast.  This might really bother some people, but I don't mind it.  
I like how the roasting drum is designed.  How it allows most of the chaff to 
fall through and is spiraled to keep the beans inside turning one direction 
and automatically ejects them in the other direction.  One thing's for sure, 
this box was well designed and you can tell some thought went into it's 
construction.  For me it was the closest thing I would get to a larger 
roaster technology understanding that I can't spend $3000 for one of them.  
None of this is said to cast judgment on any other home roaster products in 
use by this group.  I can tell that there are people just as sincerely happy 
roasting in a Wok as I am on the AlpenRost, so to each his own. :^)

3) From: Sam Boston
Jeff,
I think my original reason for the Alp was "I didn't have one", but after
about 30 batches I find I pay much more attention to the sound and smell
during a roast than I did originally with the HWP.  This has helped me get
more consistent with my roasts.
Sam Boston
Blue Ridge Mountain - Northern Virginia
Roast :Alpenrost, HWP, HWG
Grind: Gaggia MDF, Zass Turkish Mill
Brew: SL-90, French press, Cona Vacuum

4) From: mgeis
From: Sam Boston 
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I was tired of Hearthware failures but must confess that the "I didn't have
one" motivation played into it as well.  I had the same experience with the
reliance on sound.  Smell is something I am trying to keep out of the
kitchen.
I do think one really needs to find a place with a constant ambient
temperature for this (or, perhaps, any) roaster.
Mike

5) From: John Roche
isn't the batch size somewhat misleading as the HWP roasts in half the time
as the Alp? So you could do 6oz in the HWP in the same time (more or less)
as 8oz in the ALp???? Of course Tom suggest the different machines roast
differently and one may be better than the other depending one what type of
coffee your prefer.
john
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6) From: Texinga
In a message dated 7/14/2000 8:27:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
jroche writes:
<< isn't the batch size somewhat misleading as the HWP roasts in half the time
 as the Alp? >>
It depends upon what you expect from the roast results.  In a roast race, the 
fluid bed roasters and poppers should always be the clear winners.  My 
interests align with the results from a longer roast time of the same 1/2lb 
of beans than producing the most roasted beans in the shortest amount of 
time.  Again, it's personal preference which is why it's good there are so 
many different ways to roast the bean. 


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