[Homeroast] New Roaster and Brewer Recommendations?

Terry Mcvay tmcvay at BahaiHawaii.org
Wed Dec 18 19:25:01 CST 2013

Carlos! If she is happy with her french press, why not get a stainless steel
french press? Terry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com]
> On Behalf Of Mejia, Carlos
> Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:26 PM
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Subject: [Homeroast] New Roaster and Brewer Recommendations?
> I'm a long time member but haven't contributed much over the last few
> yrs.  I have a couple of items that I'd love to hear feedback on.
> First the roaster:   I've been roasting for about 7 yrs now, mostly
> with an iRoast2.  Generally, I prefer FC level and my favorite is
> Ethiopian dry processed to capture the nice berry notes.  I also have a
> drum roaster that I built with an RK drum for more capacity but rarely
> use it these days.  Only roasting from 2 people and the iRoast every
> few days is less hassle than the drum roaster.   I'm considering
> upgrade to a roaster with more capacity than the iRoast (but easier and
> more convenient than drum roasting outdoors.  I'm wondering if anyone
> on the list has tried the Hukey (correct spelling... even though
> there's a picture of a Husky on the front!), a very nice stainless
> roaster made in Taiwan.  I saw one of these in a shop in Portland and
> was impressed with the workmanship and asthetics!  It believe it will
> roast ~ 1 lb and looks like a mini-Probat.  The main drawback to me is
> the price, although I go to Taiwan occasionally and may be able to pick
> one up there and save some bucks.  I'm also considering the Behmor.
> Can anyone compare this roaster to a Behmor?    If my roasts are
> (almost) always less than FC+ level and I like the results of iRoast,
> will I be happy with Behmor and should I be looking at others?  I'm
> hoping to spend less than a grand.
> And now the brewer:  I'm also interested in a brew device that I've
> only recently seen, though I think it's been out for a while, called
> the Sowden.  My wife prefers a French press (I usually use an
> aeropress), but she's broken the glass on 3 pots now and it's getting a
> little expensive replacing them!  I'm assuming the Sowden will be a
> very similar cup, about the same cleanup and maybe a little less
> fragile than a French press.   I would likely get the smallest size
> which is advertised as a 4 cup and wondering if the filter goes all the
> way to the bottom and allows a small brew of only ~8-10 oz.
> Any comments or reviews of either of these?
> Thanks!
> ~carlos
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