Yemenman Senior Member Joined: 3 Apr 2006 Posts: 267 Location: Midwest Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Bialetti Moka Pot Grinder: Rocky Vac Pot: Yama 8 , Kona Drip: TV KBT741 MOKA MASTER CD Roaster: I ROAST GENE CAFE HOT TOP
Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006, 6:43pm Subject: Re: Gene Cafe Owners - Do You Love Your Gene Cafe?
I am happy with mine so far. Had it about a month now and haven't counted the roasts. I will have to check my notes and see how much I have done. My husband and I drink a lot of coffee. I make a TV full in the morning when I first get up and we drink that. Then I make a 32oz bodum press pot and fill my thermos for work and make another TV full for him before I leave. Then I make a TV full when I get home and sometimes a press pot too. I know I have gone through a SM sampler and on a second one. Also have bought several pounds from the green coffee buying club and 20lbs off ebay. I would say it has all turned out better than any store bought. I usually do 8ozs at a time and do two roasts back to back. No problems so far and it is so easy to use.
Susan, Wow ,your getting right there with Eddie on total weight roasted!Ha,i see you play with a Bodum,i would like your comments on that go to my thread on Aeropress &Bodum and put in your basic routine on the press if you would,iam learning..or trying too!
Posted Wed Dec 13, 2006, 10:17am Subject: Re: Gene Cafe Owners - Do You Love Your Gene Cafe?
I have been very pleased with my Gene Cafe. I now have very reproducible roasts and have eliminated the need to roast every night with my Freshroast+8. It took me a little while to get accustomed to hearing first crack, but now I know what to listen for and my results have been great.
Posted Fri Aug 8, 2008, 4:35am Subject: Re: Gene Cafe Owners - Do You Love Your Gene Cafe?
I started roasting with my Gene Cafe on August 28, 2006. Thus far, I have run 62.5 pounds in 121 roasts through this roaster; it has yet to disappoint me and I often run between anywhere from 4 to 10 consecutive batches through the roaster at a time. I have even run as many as 15 consecutive batches.
Well Eddie it was your web site and your information that led me to purchase this unit. I have not kept track of just how much coffee I have roasted with it but it has been one heck of a lot. And well, it's just tick, tock, tick................. Coffee the way it should be.
Thank you for leading me to such a wonderful machine.
Posted Sat Aug 9, 2008, 9:59am Subject: Re: Gene Cafe Owners - Do You Love Your Gene Cafe?
Yes, mine works great for me. Had it since spring and it just turns out roast after roast with predictable and almost monotonous consistency. Like a toaster, I'll use it until I wear it out and then I'll get another one.
Hey, this is cool. First chance I ever got to comment on my own post two years later. The Gene is still going strong. Two to three consistent roasts every week - week to week, month to month, year to year. Ya gotta love it!
Posted Sat Aug 9, 2008, 4:24pm Subject: Re: Gene Cafe Owners - Profiles that work
Thought we might use this thread for our best profiles/what we are using:
Profiles (118 Volts, cycling down to 116V) ^ Pre-heat unit to 360, "E" stop ^ Roast 220g, 8 ounces ^ High growns, 480 to 15 seconds into 1st, => 460 to edge of second ^ Indos/Indians, 475=> 455 ^ Brazils, 470=> 455 ^ Konas, checking my notes [thumbing, delving, digging...]
Moved back to the Gene after missing the visuals with the Behmor. Started using the large chaff collector, vented out the window with a flex alum arm. Sweet.
Stumpknocker Senior Member Joined: 13 Jun 2006 Posts: 57 Location: St Simons Island Ga Expertise: I love coffee
Grinder: Kitchen Aid Drip: Technivorm Roaster: Gene Cafe
Posted Sun Aug 10, 2008, 6:49pm Subject: Re: Gene Cafe Owners - Do You Love Your Gene Cafe?
I have had mine over two years and can't be more satisfied. There is no question that I would buy another Gene. I roast 10oz. batches and have done as many as 15 roasts back to back. Never had so much as a blip.
DavecUK Senior Member Joined: 21 Sep 2005 Posts: 1,391 Location: UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Aug 11, 2008, 2:25am Subject: Re: Gene Cafe Owners - Do You Love Your Gene Cafe?
Had mine for almost 18 months now (UK Model)....have roasted more than 60kg of coffee in it. I usually do 5 back to back roasts at a time. One of the things I love about the roaster is the lack of any filters to buy and the minimal maintenance/cleaning required, it also looks pretty much the same now as it did when I bought it. Usual size of batch roasted is 250-275g.
One of the things I find helpful with the Gene is not to use temperatures that are too high, I tend to use temps around 446F depending on bean and for some beans as low as 435 (Monsoon Malabar)...and then reduce the heat input gradually as 1st crack begins by 4-7F. Roast times to certain indicators can/should take longer, because during the first minute or so of the roast, the machine is coming up to the temperature that many roasters start roasting at when you initially drop the beans in. These two things give coffee that is much closer to commercial drum roasted coffee and the difference in the pour and taste are noticeable.
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