Does anyone know anything about the new Unimax 2000 roaster as pictured at the below url?http://www.the-perfectcup.com/homepage.htmlIt's an unusual looking roaster and doesn't say whether it's fluid bed or drum, although it certainly looks like fluid bed. It would need to be far superior to the Alps in many ways, in order to justify the $500 price tag. Mike
I wanted some Ethiopian Yirrgacheff once, and Tom did not have any in stock. I ask him why, and he said it was no good this year. I bought some from someone else. It sucked. So, in general: If Tom does not sell it, be very worried. If it is a link to a web site that sells green beans, roasters, and is "trying" competing with Tom, don't post it. Peace, Glen ICQ 34239611 P3 700 @ 933mhz Guillemot GF2 @ 245/375 Abit BX6 r2 1.8 volts
In a message dated 9/9/00 12:19:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time, mdr1000 writes: <Snip> Unimax was bought out by RoyalMax (www.royalmaxcoffee.com) over a year ago and left the Unimax 2000 owners with relatively good, obsolete, unserviceable $500 roasters. A lot of others don't share my relatively good opinion of the Unimax, but it was more controllable than the Alp, although totally different. I only messed up one or two batches of beans in over a year of roasting, and I had little experience when I bought mine. It seems to be a lost cause, and I seriously doubt they have any to sell. Tom did carry them, and they were the only 1/2 pound roaster on the market at the time. Had they stayed in business, they might still be competitive today with a few relatively minor improvements. Terry F
<Snip> First, I think this is actually the "old" Unimax. Second, I love hyperbole like this: "The Worlds first coffee Roaster designed for home use." er, wasn't the "Worlds first coffee Roaster" actually... the pan? ... and what's with that weird capitalization, and why is "Green" in quotes? Sheesh. -- garyZ When I'm not roasting, I'm a grumpy techwriter.
Hee hee - I was thinking the same thing. What we do today that seems so special was at one time a common-place activity. Back in colonial times (I doubt Unimax was around then) virtually every household home-roasted their coffee in everything from a pan to the latest roasting gizmos they had at the time. And even that's not the earliest. To claim to have the World's First coffee Roaster or even the World's first Home Coffee Roaster is simply misadvertising and teetering on fraudulant advertising. Somebody wanna buy a unit and then sue them because they found a much cheaper antique frying pan that does the same thing? I think the Internet has led many companies to throw advertising ethics to the wind and it harkens back to the days of the traveling huckster selling cod-liver oil as the cure-all, love potion, mystery potion that will make you wealthy and healthy... Mike Gary Zimmerman wrote: <Snip>
It still looks like the same ceramic heating element as the original 2000 which burns the chaff along with the roast which imparts a smokey flavor to the roast, which is positive or negative according to personal tastes...........
The only current product from RoyalMax is the RoastMaster 9002 coffee roaster. This page is old, as seen at the bottom of the page, it reads... Copyright © 1998-99 The Perfect Cup. Last modified: January 20, 1999 The owner of RoyalMax told me after he came back from Japan that the Unimax 2000 is not going to be sold again because of production problems with the unit. The 9002 roaster is an improvement over the original 9001 unit. It has a gear driven stainless steal drum, instead of a belt driven, aluminum drum. I am very happy with my RoyalMax Roaster, it is a 9001 machine, with a gear drive added to it's aluminum drum. The new owner was not told by the original owner of several existing orders who already had paid down on a RoastMaster 9001. RoyalMax made good on the order and sent me the roaster, even though they never were able to recover the downpayment money from the first owner of Unimax, who went bankrupt developing the 9001. I did have to wait awhile, because although they had the blueprints for the roaster, they had to purchase some parts before they could even put one together for me. Two month ago, I was cleaning my unit, and broke one of it's 4 infrared heaters. I called RoyalMax and was immediately send not 1, but 2 additional heaters, at no additional charge, so I have a spare. They are easy to replace, and I had my roaster backup and running in a few days! The only problem I have had is due to the aluminum drum. While roasting Sumatra Mandheling, one of the smaller beans got caught between the drum and the outside wall and stalled the drum, even though it's gear driven. I can close the gap between the drum and the outside wall. I have not done so because I roast some very dark coffee for some of my friends at work, about 1 minute PAST the end of the 2nd crack! When I do this the aluminum drum expands to the point of just starting to rub against the outside wall. I only wish the new owners (he now has a partner) of RoyalMax well, they have been very good to me. They encourage me to call them with any questions or problems, using the 800 number. So far I have roasted over 350 pounds of green with my unit, and have only had four bad batches. The 2nd roast that I did, I set the target temperature to low and the coffee was underroasted. I was able to reroast that batch to an Italian Roast however. The other three were all due to the Sumatra problem. Mark Beckman
That's it farm, looks like the one in my garage except the price is much higher that I would have expected and the measuring cup is not the one that came with the original units. I still use the Unimax bean catcher to separate the chaff from the beans after my Hottop roasts. Terry Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 13:08:35 -0400 From: "Edward Bourgeois" Found this on ebay.