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Topic: Alpenrost versus Gourmet (2 msgs / 37 lines)
1) From: Thom Underwood
I currently roast with the Hearthware Gourmet.
I used the Hearthware Precision but after blowing the 'on board' fuse on
three of them in less than 6 months (despite using an electric line
conditioner to Hearthwares specs) I convinced Hearthware to send me the
older Gourmet model.  Hearthware, by the way, was excellent with customer
service at all times.
I like the simple timer control on the Gourmet.  The Gourmet runs dependably
though is very noisy which makes it difficult to even hear 'first crack'
thereby making it difficult to narrow down my roasting results.
I have noticed that the Alpenrost is refered to regularly in this chat
group.  Is it a superior roaster to the Gourmet (I know from reading it's
quieter)?  Is it worth the expense?  Quantity is not so much an issue to me
but roast quality (control) is.
One final note - If Santa is good to me this year (and I have been a good
boy all year long) I will be getting an espresso machine on Christmas
morning (Tom - you could let me know how well I fared ahead of time if you
want).  Would the Alpenrost be a better roaster for espresso?
Regards - Thom

2) From: coffenut
I'd say if you like the results from the Gourmet and the main problem is
hearing cracks, then an Alp is an expensive alternative.  I have the Alp and
love it for all the things it does well.  The 1/2 lb qty, the full body,
longer roast profile, less noisy and sturdy design.  Having tasted roasts of
the same beans between the Precision and the Alp, the Alp delivers the full
mellow body that's my preference.  I don't know if smoke is an issue for
you, but the Alp can overpower a standard kitchen fan.  If I had not gone
for the Alp, my other choice would have been the HW Gourmet.
Coffenut  :^)
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