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atalanta
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atalanta
Joined: 4 Mar 2004
Posts: 51
Location: Historic Philadelphia
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Gaggia
Grinder: Braun burr grinder
Drip: Capresso Grind & Brew,...
Roaster: Fresh Roast
Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012, 11:39am
Subject: Re: Experienced roaster looking for new machine
 

I'm thinking about going with Roastmasters since they offer free shipping and coffee.

On a lark, I plugged in my FR a few minutes ago and the coil got hot and the blower started blowing. I grabbed some coffee, took it outside (turned it off first) and went to roast. What a tease. Nothing. Turned it on again, no coil, no blower. Feh.
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frank828
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Location: Los Angeles
Expertise: Professional

Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012, 11:44am
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maybe it's worth opening up and checking to see if a connection is loose.
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wsikes
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wsikes
Joined: 3 Oct 2011
Posts: 396
Location: West Virginia
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Promac MD-64 AT
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012, 11:48am
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atalanta Said:

I'm thinking about going with Roastmasters since they offer free shipping and coffee.

Posted April 19, 2012 link

That's where I got mine...

 
Bill
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JKalpin
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JKalpin
Joined: 28 Dec 2008
Posts: 822
Location: Thornhill, Ontario Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Aerobie Aeropress
Grinder: Baratza Maestro Plus
Vac Pot: Yama 5-Cup
Drip: Krups Moka Brew, BraZen
Roaster: Freshroast+8, Behmor 1600+
Posted Fri Apr 20, 2012, 3:37am
Subject: Re: Experienced roaster looking for new machine
 

I roasted with a FreshRoast+8 for two years before I replaced it with a Behmor.  I have just passed my 100th roast on the Behmor, most of them 10 oz, and could not be happier.

However, I suggest you get a Kill-a-Watt Meter ($20) which can be used with your FR, to confirm that it does (or doesn't) work and you can also use it on the Behmor to get feedback on how your roast is progressing.

 
Jerry
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atalanta
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atalanta
Joined: 4 Mar 2004
Posts: 51
Location: Historic Philadelphia
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Gaggia
Grinder: Braun burr grinder
Drip: Capresso Grind & Brew,...
Roaster: Fresh Roast
Posted Tue Apr 24, 2012, 8:17am
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I see a couple used Gene roasters on eBay going for about the same (at the moment) as a used Behmor. Is there an advantage to a Gene or should I stick with my plan of going with a Behmor???
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germantownrob
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Joined: 2 Dec 2007
Posts: 2,156
Location: Philadelphia
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Duetto 3, A Dead Oscar
Grinder: Vario-W, Preciso w/Esatto,...
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Diedrich IR-1, HT B
Posted Tue Apr 24, 2012, 9:41am
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The CG will give you heat control over the heating element.
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rarebear
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Joined: 13 Dec 2009
Posts: 213
Location: Rex. Georgia USA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Fiorenzata Bricoletta
Grinder: Mazzer Major
Vac Pot: Yama 8C
Roaster: Hot Top B2
Posted Tue Apr 24, 2012, 8:54pm
Subject: Re: Experienced roaster looking for new machine
 

I seen Behmor 1600 Roaster Refurbished for $199 BUT
Add in shipping $30 your at $230

roastmasters.com has free shipping and 8lbs of coffee about $50
Your only about $20-$30 difference in price in the long run..
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MSH
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Joined: 9 Dec 2011
Posts: 15
Location: Littleton, CO
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: OE Lido, Mazzer Major, Rocky
Roaster: Hottop B2
Posted Wed Apr 25, 2012, 3:12pm
Subject: Re: Experienced roaster looking for new machine
 

I have a Behmor for sale with about 40 roasts on it since I purchased from Sweet Maria's back in October of last year. Just picked up a used Hottop on ebay so the Behmor has to go.
Regular scheduled maintenance/cleaning with Simple Green every 5 roasts. Currently on craigslist in the Denver area.

Coffeegeek Classifed ad - "Behmor 1600  Roaster   **SOLD**"
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atalanta
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atalanta
Joined: 4 Mar 2004
Posts: 51
Location: Historic Philadelphia
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Gaggia
Grinder: Braun burr grinder
Drip: Capresso Grind & Brew,...
Roaster: Fresh Roast
Posted Sat Apr 28, 2012, 3:57pm
Subject: Re: Experienced roaster looking for new machine
 

Wow, those Behmors are popular. Roastmasters is sold out before they came in.

Saw this on eBay: Click Here (www.ebay.com)  (12kg commercial roaster). So cannot afford that, but it's fun to look at! LOL
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atalanta
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atalanta
Joined: 4 Mar 2004
Posts: 51
Location: Historic Philadelphia
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Gaggia
Grinder: Braun burr grinder
Drip: Capresso Grind & Brew,...
Roaster: Fresh Roast
Posted Thu May 10, 2012, 3:44pm
Subject: Re: Experienced roaster looking for new machine
 

Well, germantownrob, I think I might just have to listen to your advice. I see a GC on ebay for my $300 price range and if its still there when I finish this post, victory shall be mine.

While it has been fun roasting with the borrowed Melitta Aromaroast, it will be nice to have a new roaster.

Hey, rob, have you had old city coffee roasters coffee? I like their reading blend.
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