Olly Senior Member Joined: 9 Jan 2002 Posts: 2 Location: Singapore Expertise: Beginner
Posted Sun Jan 12, 2003, 3:32am Subject: Brilliant service
My second Precision died. There appears to be no home roaster available in Singapore.
I sent an e-mail to Imex who make the Caffe Rosto and got a reply in just a few hours. Yes - the correct voltage machine available at a very reasonable price.
My wife and/or the bank made a bit of a mistake with the transfer and ended up deducting the thirty dollar charge from the amount sent to Imex. Oh dear! But the company sent the machine anyway (by courier) and said forget the extra.
In these days of globalisation, big business riding over the small guys, Enron et al, I'm very glad to find a company that bothers with one domestic customer. I hope I won't need any spare part soon, but will make it up to Imex then.
Meanwhile - the machine. Looks and feels very sturdy compared with the HP. First roast was brilliant. It's a minor inconvenience to have to pick up the whole thing to empty it (and to remember to clear the chaff filter first) but that's the only downside. It feels as if I may not need a spare bit for a long while.
Posted Sun Jan 12, 2003, 7:12am Subject: Love this thing !
Well..I've been using one of these for about 4 months now. I generally roast 130 to 135 grams at a time. It takes 8.5 to 9 minutes (roast cycle only) to do so and I get a great and consistent full city this way. The "directed" exhaust is great as I can point it at an exhaust fan and minimize any smoke impact in the house. Since I use a small vac for my coffee stuff, it's easy to vacuum the filter cup, remove the insert, then vacuum the second screen. Generally each batch allows me to pull 6 good doubles. Each batch also makes enough for 3 days worth of coffee at 2 large mugs each day. So..roughly 2 roasts a week, 2 batches per roast works well for me. Each batch takes about 15 minutes with cleanup, weigh next load, reload etc. It's a solid unit and didn't seem to be plagued with the Alp's problems. (I already have 2 HWPs and use them for very bright roasts to add to homemade blends). The coffee is not entirely muted from the Rosto so do not fear that you will totally lose any brightness. I'd recommend this roaster to anybody looking for a roaster as the best that's available at a reasonable price.
Posted Thu Mar 18, 2004, 1:31pm Subject: Re: Caffe Rosto Roaster First Look
Does anyone know just how voltage sensitive these machines are? I have read that if you cannot maintain a consistent 120v you can get poor results. My house is old but has updated wiring. Has anyone out there had any problems with this issue?
It looks like they've gotten things straightened out! The CR model is now the 100, and is on Green Beanery's website! Is there any way short of being the field tester to find out how the distributor and the new model's warranty shapes up?
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