[Homeroast] New Roaster and Brewer Recommendations?

Ben Treichel btreichel at gmail.com
Wed Dec 18 19:52:20 CST 2013


Have you checked out the Behmor brewer?
On Dec 18, 2013 7:02 PM, "Mejia, Carlos" <carlos.mejia at intel.com> wrote:

> Thanks for the response.  I'll check out the HotTop... haven't really
> looked at it closely.  The plastic FP isn't an option.  My wife is
> suspicious of all plastics...BPA or not.  I like the idea of brewing in
> porcelain and the asthetics of the Sowden.  I read some reviewers
> complaining about the small handle on the Oskar 2 cup model and also the
> lid that doesn't seat.  It looks like they maybe addressed both of these
> issues with their Jakob and James designs seen here;
> http://sowdenshop.com/index.php?id_category=3&controller=category .
>  Problem is I can't find either of these anywhere in the U.S.  and rather
> doubt I can get one direct from Sowden (Italy) by Christmas!
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
> Behalf Of Gary White
> Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:42 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] New Roaster and Brewer Recommendations?
>
> Hi Carlos,
>
> I bought a Behmor for the mother of an ex-gf and it was problematic and
> just didn't seem to be made well.  I've had good results with the HotTop
> and it's only $820 which  will suit your price range.  I can't speak to the
> Huky but it looks very interesting:
>
> http://www.home-barista.com/home-roasting/exploring-huky-500-coffee-roaster-
> part-i-t20245.html
>
> I also grew tired of replacing FP glass so I bought a shatterproof unit
> and it's served me well:
> http://bodum.bodum.com/us/en-us/shop/detail/1548-01SAN/
>
> HTH
> Gary
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
> Behalf Of Mejia, Carlos
> Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6:26 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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