As fate would have it, right after I posted yesterday, my repaired
Rosto arrived. Opened the box, plugged it right in and, after 5 minutes,
it wouldn't have melted an ice cube. You can imagine how pissed-off I
was. I got Steve, from Brightway, right on the phone, and he's sending
UPS to pick it up this week. Also, I had said that I had owned it for 3
months, well, when I checked my slip, it was only 6 weeks. They had it,
for the non-repair for 7 weeks, and it's going right back in.
My suggestion would be to modify yours if you are at all handy, or
just throw it out. (Just kidding. Sell it or give it to someone to mod.)
Many people on the list can help you with the mods. When mine finally
comes back the next time and breaks down, which I am sure it will, I
will modify it.
As for the back-up, the advice that you got on obtaining a popcorn
popper, is problably your best bet. I have yet to get one, but will when
I run across one.
When my Rosto initially broke down, I used an old fireplace popcorn
popper basket that was laying around, over the flames on my gas BBQ
grill. It's great, and easily does a half pound in about 14 minutes,
which, of course, varies with the type of bean used and the degree &
profile of desired roast. Also, I had immediately ordered a Zach &
Dani's roaster, which I like and, unlike I had expected, according to
the reviews, will do a darker Full City roast in 12 to 14 minutes, when
completely filled (this does not include the cool down time). Also, as a
cheap back-up to that roaster, I bought a FR+, which roasts way too
quickly for most types of coffee, not to mention the way small batches
it holds. However, that can be modified also, and I'm glad to have it
around for dire emergencies.
So, let's just say that the initial break down of my Rosto panicked me
into making sure that there will never be the threat of a day without
fresh roasted coffee again! Now that is determination!
Like Les said in his post, you have to have back-ups for everything.
You will, however, have fun with it, simply because when all is said and
done, there just is no better cup at the end of the journey! Even the
bad cups are good!
Have fun & enjoy, Mike F.