At 10:12 AM 11/09/2002, Chris Beck wrote:
I'm walking a very fine line here - between a level of confidentiality that
is expected of me by Baratza, and especially Kyra Kennedy, but also to try
and get the correct info out there on this roaster.
Here's what I think it's safe to say without abusing any confidences:
Baratza is currently on hold as far as importing the roaster until it
passes UL and they are shown the official docs / certs, whatever. For them,
this is a must. My understanding is this - at one point HT claimed it was
UL approved; at another point they said it was in the process of being
approved. They are now saying it is being resubmitted, due to some addl'
In addition, Baratza is concerned about the heat issues on the outside of
the roaster. Many, many ideas have been floated around, but so far the only
offered solutions have not given them the confidence to import the product.
Given the nature of the US legal situation, I would have to agree with
them. Baratza is not a large company - one or two lawsuits would ruin them,
and before someone jumps in on the "get insurance" thing, they've looked
Third, the roaster is, in my humble opinion, not yet ready for prime time.
Much of the work in the past few months has resulted in more of a "stop
gap" fix than any permanent retooling or permanent re-engineering.
I currently do not have a lot of confidence in the circuit board or
programming used in such in the current-build models. Based on discussions
with HT, I believe the real reason they aren't putting an unlimited "plus"
function is because the board they've chosen will not allow it (they
haven't directly said this, but when I asked directly about this point, I
didn't get a reply). Again, a wide variety of fixes have been suggested for
the board issues, but HT wants to stick with the current board, which means
the suggested fixes won't take place.
I hate to disappoint the list with this news, but I don't think you'll be
seeing the HT for retail sale anytime soon, unless another importer picks
up the mantel and is willing to run with the risks in the current build
model. I've been asked to take the First Look off CG, and I've done so.
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