[Homeroast] Quest

Jack Berry jlberry at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 11 18:06:29 CDT 2014


I'm considering moving to a drum roaster but a larger batch size us one of the reasons. 
What about the Quest swayed you make that decision considering cost vs batch size?
My leaning is toward the Gene Cafe but wish it handled a larger batch. 
Regards,
Jack

> On Apr 11, 2014, at 4:28 PM, Frank Parth <fparth at me.com> wrote:
> 
> It takes some getting used to. I pre-heat it to 200C using the highest voltage reading and the lowest fan speed (reading from a thermocouple and a meter) before I dump the beans in. The temperature drops dramatically at first, and bottoms out before it starts to climb back up. Once it’s up 10C or so I’ll drop the voltage reading down to 7.5 - 8.5 so the beans heat a little more slowly and evenly. At first crack I’ll increase the fan speed to max to slow down the rise from first to second crack. 
> 
> Of course, the details depend on the specific beans.
> 
> Frank Parth
> 
> 
>> On Apr 11, 2014, at 1:10 AM, John Monteleone <johnmonteleone at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi there
>> 
>> I've taken the plunge.  I purchased a Quest today and will pick it up
>> tomorrow.  I would love any advice on my first roasts.  Also, would you
>> recommend any additional instruments for the machine like a thermocouple.
>> 
>> Thanks
>> John
>> 
>> 
>> On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:16 AM, Jeff Bensen <jbensen-0007 at xemaps.com>wrote:
>> 
>>> John -
>>> 
>>> I've been a home roaster for nine years and the owner of a Quest for the
>>> past three. Personally I love the machine, but you need to be aware of some
>>> things before you decide.
>>> 
>>> It is _completely_ manual and, other than a circuit breaker, has no
>>> protection devices at all. You cannot walk away from it in operation.
>>> 
>>> Being completely manual was both a blessing and a temporary curse for me.
>>> It does allow you to create nearly any profile you desire within the
>>> thermal capabilities of the machine. But during my first six months or so I
>>> was not able to turn out a roast as good as I was getting on the
>>> instrumented iRoast I had used for years. It was like learning how to roast
>>> all over again. Once I got a feel for it, however, my roasts slowly
>>> improved until they became better than anything I had been able to achieve
>>> before. YMMV.
>>> 
>>> Depending upon if and how you decide to instrument it you may be able to
>>> roughly compare roast curves with others. I'd be happy to share any example
>>> curves I have, and can offer suggestions for thermocouples and associated
>>> instrumentation if you decide to go that route.
>>> 
>>> -- Jeff Bensen
>>>  Palm Bay, FL
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> At 02:43 AM 1/9/2014, John Monteleone wrote:
>>> 
>>> I have been considering purchasing a Quest to further my coffee roasting
>>>> obsession.  I have been using Behmor for a few years and I'm ready to take
>>>> the next step.  I was recently told by someone in the community that the
>>>> Quest was not really meant for home roasters.  They felt that it was more
>>>> for professionals who need a sample roaster.   Can anyone comment on that.
>>>> If I did get it, are there sample roast curves out there to help someone
>>>> new to a Quest.  Thanks for your help.
>>>> 
>>>> John
>>> 
>>> 
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