...I have been quietly reading many posts by people in the US who own a Quest and the following points have come up.
People have been blocking the inlet hole for better warmup/heating Trying no fan speed for faster ramp up adding hot air to the inlet hole, some considering one post on the web where someone had done so Comments about metal discolouration around the heating element areas. Some misconceptions about the airflow within the roaster (especially when people had little experience with it in the early days) Not enough discussions about warmup times Not enough discussions about drop temps etc.........
I'm SO glad I read your post BEFORE following some of the "Quest roasting recipes" out there from US owners on other websites (which I am convinced can seriously lower the life of your machine).
BTW, my new Aug 2012 machine arrived with a 1020W badge on the side.
For anyone thinking of buying a Quest in Canada...buying direct from Taiwan was incredibly smooth. Triple boxed, great communication, and arrived in only 5 days (much cheaper too). Although duty was $61 (not $0 as someone else claimed).
Posted Fri Oct 5, 2012, 6:10am Subject: Re: The Quest M3 Roaster
... For anyone thinking of buying a Quest in Canada...buying direct from Taiwan was incredibly smooth. Triple boxed, great communication, and arrived in only 5 days (much cheaper too). Although duty was $61 (not $0 as someone else claimed).
Cost was $960. Shipping was $140, tax and duty was $215, all of which you would pay anyway if you bought from the US. So I figure you save at least $350 buying direct. Plus you get the "Canadian edition" with the more powerful heater.
MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,656 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
Espresso: KvdW Speedster Grinder: Versalab M3 Grinder Vac Pot: A bit too many Drip: Bonavita Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Fri May 8, 2015, 2:15am Subject: Re: The Quest M3 Roaster
This seems to be the most informed thread on CoffeeGeek regarding the Quest M3 roaster, but the last posts were in 2012. There's a few other threads of course, but this one is definitely the most information filled, and especially the posts by Dave in UK are very informative.
I recently (like this week) bought a used M3, produced in July, 2013. It was well maintained, but I gave it a full top to bottom cleaning, and other than the drum and parts of the main fan, looks almost brand new. Because I knew about the purchase for a few weeks, I've been doing a lot of research online about it. A few observations:
I'm surprised at the lack of youtube videos for this roaster. There are a few here and there, but I dunno, in this day and age, I thought there'd be more; especially some recent ones. Most of the vids date back several years.
I'm equally surprised at the lack of ongoing discussion about the roaster; maybe I'm missing something? Been to HB, some roasting forums, even reddit, there's a few discussions here and there, but not much.
This roaster seems a prime candidate for lots of mods and stuff. The fellow I bought it from included some mods - a phidget temperature board with a couple of k probes and info on the software to use it with, some custom made nuts to insert the probes and some other goodies. But again, I struggle to find some current information on the roaster and people's use of it.
as usual with a highly specialised piece of equipment, conversations, discussions, information, debate and how tos are fragmented, continuances of conversations, lots of acronyms the average (or even me lol) don't understand, and basically very hard to digest.
I've found some great resources online for the Quest - informative, well written blog posts, threads on Sweet Marias' forums, even a good reddit post here and there. But again, most of these date back a few years. In the meantime, when I posted photos of the Quest to my instagram this week, people were asking "yeah but have you tried the huky 500" or "what about the bullet roaster" ;) Maybe the Quest is yesterday's news, and people are moving on to other things.
One observation here - I've spent a bit of time with the Huky 500 (got invited to an owner's house to check it out). On some levels it's quite neat - 1lb roasts, more control features and the like - but on other levels, it's... janky. I don't like janky. Maybe others do, but I like form and function to both be great (hey, I own a Speedster, and that's the main reason why - it balances form with function perfectly). You have to assemble the vent after charging the beans, flip this switch, open that vent, swap out the chaff, swap in the cooling, all while this hot machine is doing its thing. And to be honest here, it's ugly as fek, something you keep out of the garage and away from your wife's tsk tsks.
The Quest M3 on the other hand looks like a piece of industrial art. It's smaller than the Huky, looks awesome, and while very mechanical (and slightly steam punkish) appeals to most who view it. And from all accounts, it works just as well as it looks. And you can make it work even better if you want. It's easy to maintain, very low physical work during the roast (you just monitor airflow, temps, amps, watts) ie, it does what it is supposed to do.
Anyway, it's late, I'm about done my research; the roaster goes to the photo studio tomorrow for some better photos, and we fire it up this weekend. I've roasted before on the Quest (again, someone else's) so I know sort of what to expect. But I'm thinking - wondering, pondering - why discussion on the roaster has crawled and there's a lack of good comprehensive, easy to understand websites (blogs, info pages) on the roaster produced recently.
farmroast Senior Member Joined: 13 Jul 2006 Posts: 1,450 Location: Amherst MA. Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Strega,Cremina, MCAL... Grinder: Majors, Dienes Vac Pot: Hellem10 Drip: CCD, and more Roaster: 1kg. DreamRoast
Posted Fri May 8, 2015, 6:04am Subject: Re: The Quest M3 Roaster
Hi Mark, The quest is a great little roaster. You're right that there were many discussions a few yews back when it was discovered. And just about everything that could be thought of has been discussed either here or on H-B. It's nice because of it's compact size and for many where the batch size is adequate, a perfect choice. Others recently have looked at the other roasters now available to have larger batches. Videos are tough because of the varying understandings of roasting of the audience. With the recent Scott Rao and Robert Hoos books on roasting, there is at least more of that type of info available.
Same as it's ever been, it still takes time just getting to know your roaster. Experiencing it's abilities. Tim Wendelboe did a recent Q&A on roasting on periscope, now archived on youtube and really expressed the need of this.
SJM Senior Member Joined: 17 Nov 2004 Posts: 1,732 Location: CA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: SAMA (2), Maximatic, Cremina... Grinder: K-10PB, Rancilio MD-50 Vac Pot: no like Drip: no like Roaster: HotTop Huky en route
Posted Fri May 8, 2015, 7:50am Subject: Re: The Quest M3 Roaster
Unlike the Quest M3 there is a lot of online information about the HUKY. It even has it's own forum at http://www.hukyforum.com
Mark may not like it, but those of us who are using it on a regular basis find it an excellent roaster. If you are going to chose between them, do yourself a favor and at least visit the HUKY forum for more information.
expy98 Senior Member Joined: 15 Jan 2010 Posts: 29 Location: socal Expertise: Just starting
Posted Mon May 11, 2015, 12:04pm Subject: Re: The Quest M3 Roaster
My first fire!!!
I've been fortunate and never had a fire w/ a Gene nor Hottop, been using the M3 the last year or so.
As w/ the other roasters, I always clear out the chaff tray after each roast.
This past weekend while roasting a dry processed Ethiopia, I saw a huge plume of smoke out the back fan/vent at the start of First Crack, lifted the rear cover and saw that the chaff caught fire in the chaff basket. Fortunately I was able to quickly remove the basket w/out getting burnt. I'm gonna keep a pair of leather gloves around from now on.
Usually while roasting, I'm pretty busy w/ weighing/ culling the next batch or the previous batch and pouring it into jars or labeling. Not a lot of idle time w/ multiple back-to-back roasts. I was very fortunate that I saw the fire. I will no longer do anything else when it's approaching First Crack.
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