HomeRoast Digest


Topic: Z&D ROASTER, INITAL IMPRESSIONS (3 msgs / 77 lines)
1) From: NOEL HONG
Purchased a Zach & Dani roaster to replace the HWP(blown PC board, bearing 
requiring relubing too often) for low volume (4oz by wt) roasting and small 
bean (Yemen,Ethiopian)roasting.  After eight roasting cycles this is a 
summary of what I like & dislike about the Z&D. Beans roast character more 
drum like than fluid-bed. Very even roast vs ALPs. Noise level between HWP & 
ALPs, but I have a very difficult time hearing the 2nd cracks. The motor 
noise seems to be masking my perception of the onset of the 2nd C. Compared 
with the ALPs or HWP, the chaff collector is poor.  A significant amount of 
chaff remains in the roasting chamber.  I don't utilize the cool down cycle. 
Manual cool down with my homemade unit gets the beans down to room temp in 
~2min vs too warm beans post 5min Z&D cool down cycle. NO SMOKE. The 
catalytic or whatever scrubber really works. Roasting cycle of ~20minutes to 
reach light full city to full city level.  The roaster seems to be made of 
some real cheap looking/feeling plastic & light gauge aluminum.  The 
roasting chamber is of better quality.
Noel V. Hong
email: nhong32590
Add photos to your e-mail with MSN 8. Get 3 months FREE*. http://www.hotmail.msn.com/cgi-bin/getmsg&HL16hotmailtaglines_addphotos_3mfhomeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast">http://join.msn.com/?page=features/featuredemail&xAPIDB&PSG575&PIs24&DIt74&SU=http://www.hotmail.msn.com/cgi-bin/getmsg&HL16hotmailtaglines_addphotos_3mfhomeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast

2) From: Randy Roy
About the chaff and the Z&D - I had one of these roasters (Purchased at
Great Indoors.  Returned one week later.)  The fan runs faster during the
cooling cycle, and that is when most of the chaff is ejected.  You are
correct when you say that a lot of chaff remains with the beans if you don't
use their cool-down cycle.
As a roaster, the Z&D does do a decent roast, but for me, it takes too long
and the batch size is too small.  Granted, the roast takes about the same
amount of time as an Alp, but with the Alp you get 1/2lb. yield.
I'll stick with my Rosto/Variac for now.
Randy

3) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Randy Roy" 
<Snip>
Thanks Randy (& Noel) for evaluating the Z&D. I was considering the a.c $115
offer but don't think I'll bother now.
MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Miss Silvia brewin'
homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast


HomeRoast Digest