greekespresso Senior Member Joined: 27 Jul 2011 Posts: 172 Location: Ptolemaida, Greece Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sat Aug 20, 2011, 1:05pm Subject: Home roasters available in Europe.
I think it is time to start learning about home roasting. What models are available in Europe? I am interested on something around 300 euros, for a maximum of 250g coffee capacity. I do not mind even less (125g). Ideally the roaster should allow the user to have a good control over the process and not be fully automatic. I am not thinking of going past FC+ and do not have the ability for external venting. Good build quality and a good customer support are vital. Any suggestions?
Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011, 3:50pm Subject: Re: Home roasters available in Europe.
That Gene Cafe looks like a serious piece of equipment Christos, it should roast better than a popcorn popper. Still there is a certain charm to the hands on approach roasting with a popper can give. I upgraded to a Behmor but still use my poppers too for small batch sampling.
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
Eric, I do not think it is a bad idea to have something to play with until finishing my reading. LOL I found locally a re-branded model to the one at your link and bought it. How many grams should I place in it?
PS Any links with instructions of roasting with a popcorn machine are welcome.
There is some good info to mod the gene cafe for a dimmer switch so you have full control over the heating element instead of it just going on and off. There is a stage two mod but I cannot remember what the heck it was for. The only drawback to the gene cafe is the inability to add a bean mass probe, personally I think it is a good thing to learn roasting with your senses but down the road a BMP adds consistency to your roasting.
The HotTop B and the Quest m3 are way above you budget but these two roasters are very high quality and the closet thing to a commercial roaster. IMO my HT B (don't bother looking at the P) can do just as well as my Diedrich IR-1.
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