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

John and Emma jehorchik at gmail.com
Tue Aug 19 14:43:14 CDT 2014

I've had my 1600 for about 5 years and it has been great. Unlike a lot of
people I always roast 1# batches. I can get to FC and even FC+ if taken the
full length of time. Only once did I have a fire. I prefer my roasts between
City+ and FC. I typically use P2. Unlike others, to my surprise, I have
never walked away from the roaster. How else can I hear the cracks?

IMHO this may not be the best roaster but is the best roaster for the price
that can do 1# batches. When I went from a Poppery II to the Behmor I also
considered the Gene Café very strongly. I settled on the Behmor because it
is able to do 1# batches and has less smoke. I'm only able to roast once a
week or once every other week and go through a lb of coffee in a week so
this is what was important to me.

I hope to one day upgrade to the Quest but I don't see the finances being
available anytime soon.

John H.

-----Original Message-----
From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
Behalf Of Luigi Calamar
Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2014 11:04 AM
To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
Subject: [Homeroast] Behmore 1600 Plus - SR 500 - Gene Cafe

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
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

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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