[Homeroast] Quest

John Monteleone johnmonteleone at gmail.com
Sat Apr 12 16:39:10 CDT 2014


Thanks Frank.  I'm getting ready to give it a try.


On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 2:28 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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