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Topic: Alpenrost versus Imex/Caffe Rosto (5 msgs / 100 lines)
1) From: Gary B
This question is a bit like asking "which shoe size is better?" Depends
on the foot.
Anyway, after roasting in unmodified poppers for a couple of months, I'm
looking at alternatives. Being in Australia the range and price is
somewhat different to what many on this list are accustomed to. I won't
detail prices due to the risk of apoplexy ;)
According to SM pricing, the Alpenrost costs roughly twice what a Caffe
Rosto does. Is it twice as good? Is it better than that - threefold or
even fourfold? 
By most accounts the Alpenrost allows the bean to develop through a
slower roast. Can the same be hoped for of the Caffe Rosto without some
I guess in simple terms the question is "how much better is the
Alpenrost over the Caffe Rosto?"
Thanks, Gary

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
They're different, neither necessarily better. Stock maybe/probably edge to
Alp for slow roast. Alp two or three times better? I highly doubt it. With a
modified Rosto you can do 1/2# batches with ease, 2/3# batches with
experience and practice - fast, slow, inbetween, doesn't matter, whatever
you decide. 5min French or 20min American roasts. Whatever you want to do.
The Rosto is a simple, solid, ain't got no chips, all AC, easily modified
roaster. Or you can do 1/4# batches with the same control as 1/2# batch with
a modified Rosto, I don't believe you have that ability with an Alp. But you
said stock Rosto...
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
MCSE (Maniacal Coffee Systems Engineer/Enthusiast;-)
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm

3) From: John Cramer
I'm tossing my Alp into the garage, for ONLY emergency
roasts, and biting the bullet on the Hottop.
As far as I'm concerned, the Alp would be better at
being a boat anchor or a door stop.
This is after 4 years of nursing a good roast out of it.
It takes 2 to 3 roasts to roast most beans, after the first
6 months of good roasting.
Gary B wrote:

4) From: Gary B
Sorry to hear of your experience with the Alpenrost.
I do like the look of the Hottop and unfortunately I don't think they're
generally available in Australia.
Regards, Gary

5) From: Gary B
At this stage I'd only consider a stock Rosto. My electrical/electronic
skills are near zero. I could imagine fiddling with it after a while,
however, and particularly out of warranty.
Regards, Gary

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