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DavecUK
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Posted Fri Jan 15, 2010, 6:42am
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

Breeze Said:

Diedrich is positioned as a "Premium" product while I guess Toper is "Turkish Industrial"  so I imagine the Diedrich remains priced well above the Toper.

Posted January 15, 2010 link

In fairness though the Topers Turkish Industrial is "built like a tank" and can be run for hours and hours per day every day. So it might be slightly rough in terms of finish, but tough as old boots....or at least mine was.
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Posted Fri Jan 15, 2010, 9:01am
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

The Cafemino is $5800 but they are offering an 09 for $5300, that offer is about to be gone and I am not ready to pull the trigger. The Diedrich Ir-1 is $6500 so $700 difference between the two, if the IR-1 is more capable of doing small batch sizes for micro lots then it is a no brainer but I will just have to wait until someone actually has an IR-1 for the facts. Cafemino is $450 shipping, I don't know about the IR-1 since it isn't shipping yet.

I think both of these machines build quality can be considered excellent so it is a matter of which one can satisfy my home use needs and grow with me. I don't expect I will be pushing the machine anywhere near what it is capable of but it is nice to know either will be up for the task if needed.
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Posted Fri Jan 15, 2010, 9:30am
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

What the retail on an IR-3?  If you are going to spend that much might as well buy a machine that will satisfy the needs of a shop.  Make it a business, of course show a loss, but start to ask around the local area for possible customers.  

If you are going to spend $6500 then $8K and a business write off vs just a home roaster might be pretty equivalent.  If you pick up a couple of local coffee shops or even a couple of restaurants that you supply with coffee a 3 kg roaster might be a better investment than a one kg roaster.  Just throwing ideas out there with the goal of totally confusing your life.  HA

Good luck whatever you decide.

If the business deal doesn't go through I am sure there will be a market for a lightly used IR-3.  

Rick
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Posted Fri Jan 15, 2010, 11:33am
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

Clay34 Said:

What the retail on an IR-3?  If you are going to spend that much might as well buy a machine that will satisfy the needs of a shop.  Make it a business, of course show a loss, but start to ask around the local area for possible customers.  

If you are going to spend $6500 then $8K and a business write off vs just a home roaster might be pretty equivalent.  If you pick up a couple of local coffee shops or even a couple of restaurants that you supply with coffee a 3 kg roaster might be a better investment than a one kg roaster.  Just throwing ideas out there with the goal of totally confusing your life.  HA

Good luck whatever you decide.

If the business deal doesn't go through I am sure there will be a market for a lightly used IR-3.  

Rick

Posted January 15, 2010 link

Eventually I will get a much bigger roaster then a 3kg but for now I have a son on the way, a 2+ year old I am raising now and a new home still to find. Around Philadelphia there are many large or warehouse spaces for rent that are very cheap but are not places I want to be spending time after dark or have my kids hanging out in. I want a small enough roaster to develop profiles and blends on in my home (homework, lol) I can then translate to a larger machine in the future. There is so much more for me to learn about roasting and even though the Hottop B with 150-175g batch sizes is allowing me to dial beans in it is just to much time a week to get 5lbs done. I will most defiantly be roasting more then 5lbs a week with a 1kg roaster for friends and to send out for opinions on how to improve. I also plan doing some courses to advance my knowledge, I really don't want to put a product out there unless I know what I am producing is top notch.  I have 3 years before I will make the next leap which gives me plenty of time to get confident with what I can produce and let's all hope by then the economy will be back on tract to go with the growing demand for great roasted coffee. There is the what if factor as well, what if starting a roasting business is not in the cards in 3 years? A 1kg roaster will still be very useful for my coffee needs and my friends and family as well for less then $15 a pound shipped to their door.

That's my story and I am sticking to it, until I change my mind. :)


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There was a long time ago I was shocked at the cost of one of these roasters but that wore off after I bought an espresso machine and grinder. I have been saving up for a year now and didn't spend a dime on R/C racing toys this year so I am in good shape to make this happen.
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Posted Fri Jan 15, 2010, 12:54pm
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

Hey Rob.  IT's WIlson.  Glad to see you getting serious about roasting.  Hope things are well.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 15, 2010, 1:39pm
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

I bought a YM2 this year after looking at all the options, I was concerned about how small a batch I could roast in it and now looking back found it to be a moot point (for me anyway). You will find yourself roasting larger amounts than you anticipated for your general use...just because you can! I can roast 1/2 lb in my 2kg roaster if necessary, and with both the models you are interested in, you will not find any significant difference. (again, MHO).

The Cafemino is $5800 but they are offering an 09 for $5300, that offer is about to be gone and I am not ready to pull the trigger. The Diedrich Ir-1 is $6500 so $700 difference between the two, if the IR-1 is more capable of doing small batch sizes for micro lots then it is a no brainer but I will just have to wait until someone actually has an IR-1 for the facts. Cafemino is $450 shipping, I don't know about the IR-1 since it isn't shipping yet.

I would be all over that 09 for $5300...shipping will not vary much at all between your two choices. The IR3 is $10k in either the table top or floor standing model. I have used an electric model Diedrich HR1 (1lb) roaster extensively and other than the slow response due to it being electric, it is a fantastic roaster. At coffeefest Seattle this fall I looked closely at both the Toper, and spoke with the Diedrich rep about their upcoming Ir1.
Diedrich has their focus on their "bread & butter" large shop roasters, so it may still be some time before actual production Ir1's will be shipping, but you can be assured it will be well designed and built. The Toper is a fantastic looking roaster, obviously well built, and does a great job. You will be happy with either I am sure.
If you wait on the Diedrich...price could also change too, as production finally swings into gear (think higher).
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Posted Sat Jan 16, 2010, 6:03am
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

DavecUK Said:

In fairness though the Topers Turkish Industrial is "built like a tank" and can be run for hours and hours per day every day. So it might be slightly rough in terms of finish, but tough as old boots....or at least mine was.

Posted January 15, 2010 link

I completely agree.  "Turkish Industrial" was intended as a compliment to the robust fabrication this machine represents.
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Posted Sat Jan 16, 2010, 10:06am
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

SmokeSwirl Said:

Hey Rob.  IT's WIlson.  Glad to see you getting serious about roasting.  Hope things are well.

Posted January 15, 2010 link

Hey Wilson, you should come on by for an espresso and to catch up.
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Posted Sun Jan 17, 2010, 8:24pm
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

Im back in NY but if I am ever in the area Ill let you know.  How's your daughter?  SHe must be runnin you ragged.

 
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Posted Mon Jan 18, 2010, 2:23pm
Subject: Re: Question(s) on Toper Cafemino 1KG Roaster & Diedrich IR-1
 

SmokeSwirl Said:

Im back in NY but if I am ever in the area Ill let you know.  How's your daughter?  SHe must be runnin you ragged.

Posted January 17, 2010 link

She sure is and we have a boy due in April.
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