[Homeroast] Gene Cafe: Repair or Parts

Bill Laine billlaine at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 14:50:44 CST 2011

I had this problem with my Gene Cafe. Tried everything. Turned out I had
overheated it (might have been too close to cooking on the stove) and the
heater element was burnt out. If you take it apart far enough you can see
the black coils. Seems like it might be worth a try to clean them but by
that time I had the replacement heater.

New Orleans

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 9:07 AM, Frank Parth <frank at fparth.com> wrote:

> Jeff,
> A clogged outflow will cause symptoms that look like that. I ran into this
> a couple years ago. Tom Skaling recommended I boil the output filter for a
> few minutes to remove the crud that builds up (an there was a LOT of crud
> that had built up). After that mine worked fine again.
> If you haven't done that, give it a try and see if it helps.
> Frank
>   18 month old Gene Cafe.  Moderate use -- 1-2 roasts per average week.
>>  Worked well until now.  Turns adequately.  Pushes through air - lower
>> volume than my other roasters, but I'm thinking that's probably the normal
>> volume for a Gene Cafe.
>>  Suddenly stopped heating the air.  I'm assuming it's the heater assembly,
>> but welcome any ideas there.
>>  Where might I turn for replacement parts -- or even repair if it's cost
>> effective -- for what has been my favorite roaster thus far?
>>  Thanks, in advance, for any help you can offer.
>>  Jeff Hayden
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