[Homeroast] Drum Roaster Question

peter peter at midwestbicycleworks.com
Mon Feb 13 11:24:11 CST 2012

Well, I've had my Behmor for almost 3years and have done more than 300  
pounds in it.  I usually roast in 12-14 ounce batches.  It is not completely  
smoke free,  but compared to when I used to oven roast it is really pretty  
good in that respect.  I am able to duplicate roast after roast with  
uniformity.  I don't do the open close door to extend the roast between 1st  
and 2nd crack, but I generally have close to 3 or even 4 minutes between  
them.  Plus you could purchase close to 4 behmors for one quest.  I don't  
have lots of time and can do other things in the kitchen while roasting in  
the behmor, but each roaster has its plusses and minuses.


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Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Drum Roaster Question

On Sunday, February 12, 2012, you wrote:
> 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
> appreciated!

I currently have and use the Gene Cafe.  It's more expensive than the Behmor  

but less than the HotTop.  It doesn't have fancy programmable controls but  
simple time and temperature controls are super easy to use.  It has 
consistently produced a good even roast at a wide variety of ambient 
temperatures (I roast in the barn).  The glass drum makes it super simple to  

use visual cues to guage roast level (like I do).  It's also quiet enough to  

hear both first and second crack clearly.

I would not recommend using any half pound or higher roaster in your kitchen  

unless you have major venting.  The smoke from that much coffee isn't  

Dave McCracken

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