[Homeroast] Drum Roaster Question

coffehound at gmail.com coffehound at gmail.com
Mon Feb 13 00:57:50 CST 2012

Hi Matthew-

I'm sure you'll get a few Behmor replies.

However, you may want to consider a Hottop. Half pound batch size, programmable repeatability, stored programs, and a very even roast.  Top it all off with excellent customer service and a machine you can easily fix if you need to. I've had mine for over three years and it's going strong. City plus to light vienna all works just fine. 

It does generate a fair amount of smoke which could chase you out of the kitchen unless you have an excellent hood. I built a smoke hood and roast in the basement. 

Of course it costs more than a Behmore...

Difficult decisions.

Portland, OR

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Subject: [Homeroast] Drum Roaster Question

Hi guys n' gals!


I've been lurking for quite a while and been home roasting for a bit over a
year on a FreshRoast SR500.  I absolutely love being able to roast my own
coffee - fresh taste, much higher quality than even expensive stuff from the
grocery store, and making our place smell like roasted coffee is just
amazing.  I'm getting to a point where I want to be able to make a bit
bigger batch size, and have a more uniform roast.  One thing I've noticed
about the FreshRoast is that my roasts are rarely uniform throughout; some
beans are noticeably lighter and darker, even in the same batch.  I roast in
my kitchen at a pretty average temperature (room temp anywhere from 70 to
75) - I think it's just a function of air roasting being an imperfect
medium.  I'm looking at drum roasters, and had some questions for the folks
on the list.


I like a good City Roast (maybe a tad darker), and I don't think that any
drum roasters have issues with that.  However, we recently bought an
espresso machine, so I'd also like a machine that can handle an
Espresso/Italian Roast.  In reading about the Behmor 1600, it sounds like it
is not a good model to get if you want darker roasts due to smoke and fire
hazard.  I was hoping that wouldn't be the case given the attractive price
point for the Behmor over other drum roasters, but there seems to be
consensus on the reputable sites I check (Sweet Maria's, The Coffee
Project), so who am I to question that.


Do you guys have any suggestions on a reasonably priced drum roasters that
could handle what I'm looking for?  Batch size isn't super important - I'd
be happy with a half-pound at a time (though more is better, I care more
about the roast quality than a gigantic batch size).  Any advice would be




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