[Homeroast] iRoast alternatives?

Phil Palmintere phil.palmintere at gmail.com
Sun Mar 28 14:21:39 CDT 2010

I received my Gene Café a couple months ago, having spent a year using a hot
air popcorn popper.

I like it.

The only negative I see (actually hear, or more to the point, don't hear) is
that because I'm a bit hard of hearing, I have to pay close attention to
hear 2nd crack.  But if I pay attention, there is no problem.

In the grander scheme of things, I would have liked to have a more
powerful/quicker cool-down (e.g., dump hot beans into a colander & use a
strong fan).  The beans take a good 5+ mins. to cool down, whereas with my
old popcorn popper and industrial fan, I could cool them to room temperature
in about 45 seconds.  However, I haven't figured out if the difference in
cool-down times can be tasted in the cup.

Anyway, two thumbs up for the Gene Café from me.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com [mailto:homeroast-
> bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On Behalf Of dc at tnor.org
> Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 8:21 AM
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Subject: [Homeroast] iRoast alternatives?
> Today our well-used iRoast 2 started acting up, so I went online to see
> about a replacement.  Out of stock until JUNE?!?!?!?  Oh no! (visions
> of
> being without coffee)
> So now what?  Are there any alternatives that would keep an iRoast user
> happy?  I roast in pretty small quantities, about 3/4 of a cup of green
> beans at a time.  Preferred roasts are on the darker side, usually into
> 2nd
> crack, but no espresso.
> Noise, smoke and within reason cost are not issues.
> As an aside, anyone know why they should be out of stock for so long?
> I
> thought everything was "just in time" manufacturing these days. )
> Dave
> St. Petersburg, Florida USA
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