[Homeroast] Hot Top to Behmor
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Thu Dec 31 20:56:31 CST 2009
First, my Hot Top was an original version. I had not updated the control
panel, so my ability to control the roast was very limited. I realized my
Hot Top was doing a poor job of roasting, I just didn't realize how poor. I
expect I will miss the cooling tray on the Hot Top but I won't miss the
amount of smoke the Hot Top put out. Currently I can see the coffee
roasting better than I could on the Hot Top. I really like the larger
window and the light. I can hear the roast better with the Behmor. I
don't care for any coffee roasted into the second crack. So dark roast was
not important. I absolutly love being able to roast a full pond of coffee
at one time. This is a huge advantage for the Behmor. I was a big fan of
the Hot Top, The build quality of the Hot Top is better. I roasted hundreds
of pounds of coffee with the Hot Top. It was a hell of a machine.
I purchased the Behmor to get me to a commercial roaster this coming fall.
In this role I am confident it will accomplish the mission. I may be
surprised but I don't expect it to last much more than a year.
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homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com> wrote:
> That's interesting..... Some of us with Behmors aspire to get a Hot Top
> someday! Although I'm quite pleased with my Behmor, the thought of better
> controllability with the Hot Top is enticing. Would you elaborate a bit on
> how your Behmor does a better job?
> Bob (aka PeatMonster)
> Well my Hot Top bit the dust about 10 days ago while I was roasting
>> Christmas Coffee and Vacation Coffee (not much Christmas Coffee for the
>> masses, I was going on vacation after all!!) I have an original Hot Top
>> roaster, I expect one of the first ones Sweet Maria's sold. It needed
>> of help and when I added up all the new parts I ws spending $330. I knew
>> this day was coming. For the last year I have been looking foe a "small"
>> commercial roaster. Well this item is for all practical purposes not
>> available. SInce I had not found a suitable replacement and $330 dollars
>> this old roaster seemed like a waste, I ordered the Behmor. I and all of
>> friends prefer a medium roasted bean so it looked to be a good match.
>> I received the Behmor and roasted 1/2 pound of Guatemalan. First try,
>> Perfect. I will continue to look for a commercial roaster but this
>> will keep me going for a while. It actually does a better job than my Hot
>> Top. I am really thrilled with the performance of this roaster.
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