[Homeroast] Behmore 1600 Plus - SR 500 - Gene Cafe

John Monteleone johnmonteleone at gmail.com
Tue Aug 19 12:26:10 CDT 2014

I went from the SR 500 to the Behmor.  I loved the behmor for a couple of
years.  Great work horse and I roasted much better coffee than with the SR
500.   I roasted 1/2 pound batches and never had an issue with roast time.
  I eventually wanted to learn more about the roasting process and be able
to control the roasting environment.  I eventually went for it and bought
the Quest M3.  I love it.  But there is a lot more to think about when you
roast.  I thought about the Gene as well, but in the end I wanted the
machine that had the most roasting options.  That being said, the Quest is
about twice the price.  Good luck and enjoy.  There are no wrong choices.
 Just steps along the way.

On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM, Luigi Calamar <luigi.calamar at gmail.com>

> I've been using the SR500 for the past 2 years or so.
> I'm interested in upgrading for the following reasons:
> 1) the SR500 seems to roast a little too fast - tough to get much range in
> the roast (I've lately switched to medium heat but that has created other
> issues)
> 2) too small quantity
> 3) inconsistent roasts (due to different bean size, quantity is very
> important, and how many roasts in a row (3rd or 4th roast is different than
> 1st)
> So I'm waiting for the 1600 Plus - but wonder if the Gene Cafe would be the
> better way to go.
> What appeals to me about the Behmor is it would be more quiet with less
> smoke (what I've read)
> What concerns me is the ability to do darker roasts (though I rarely go
> beyond FC roasts anyway)
> I live in a condo and roast under my range hood - so smoke and sound are
> concerns (a good roast though would take precedence)
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