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Topic: more on Zach and Dani (7 msgs / 142 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
I must have drunk too many doubles today because instead of getting to sleep
early, I've been having a look at the Zach and Dani site to see what their
roaster has to offer.  Unfortunately, their pages are full of marketing hype
and minimal information other than an interesting comment about a smoke free
exhaust system which would be on my very short list of most desired features
for my next roaster.  Too bad the site includes no useful specs of any kind
and seems more geared to selling memberships in their coffee bean club.
Checking the "About" links at the bottom of the home page produced the
tidbit that the company was founded by one Joel Appel (I wonder who Zach and
Dani are then) and it's based in Colorado.  Lo and behold, there is a Joel
Appel who is based in Colorado and is the head of Orange Glo:http://www.mckenna.edu/news/cmcmagazine/2001summer/orangeglo/If this is the same Joel Appel, it looks as if he's expanding from orange
oil to oil spots on freshly roasted coffee beans.  If he uses his
infomercial know how to peddle his roasters, we may soon see a home roaster
sitting next to Ron Popiel's rotisserie on every kitchen counter.
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2) From: R.N.Kyle
If I remember correctly, the info said (in 20 to 30 min you can be =
enjoying fresh roasted coffee)  From looking at the picture of the =
roaster, with a screw type agitator, it appears to be a hot air roaster? =
I've never seen a small hot air roaster take 20 to 30 min. to roast a =
batch. I wonder if the roaster has a profile chip?
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC

3) From: Jim Garlits
I e-mailed Zach and Dani's and asked some questions.  Its just a fluidized
air bed roaster.  They said that the crazy drill bit thingy aids in
achieving  consistant, uniform roasts.  I wonder, is there enough air flow
without it to keep the beans in motion?  If not, then it isn't really a
fluid bed roaster.  The digital control does let you stop the roast whenever
you want and go directly to cool down, though.  That sounds nice.  If it
roasts well, it seems it would be worth the money.  I may plunk down some
silver certificates after X-mas just to see how good or bad it is.  If I
don't like it, I can always put it back in the peanuts and give it to
someone for their birthday.
Jim Garlits

4) From: Dave Huddle
My birthday is in February - about 7 weeks after Christmas.
Keep me in mind! ;)
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5) From: Rick Farris
Ron wrote:
Grinding, brewing...
-- Rick
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6) From: R.N.Kyle
OK they mean roast grind and brew total of 30 min. 
DA , brain glitch
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC

7) From: Rick Farris
Ron wrote:
Maybe they didn't, but I wouldn't call it "enjoying" until I was drinking
it.  (Ok, maybe *I* would have a lot of fun maximizing the roast parameters,
but I don't think normal people would.)
-- Rick
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