Posted Tue Feb 11, 2014, 9:25am Subject: Re: Buying my first roaster
Since your original question was already answered (I completely agree that the Hottop would be the choice of the two) I'll just add that if you don't mind spending the extra money a Quest or Huky would be far better than the Hottop since you want to be able to manipulate the roast profiles. Haven't used a Quest myself but my first roaster was a Behmor, then I got a Hottop and now I have a Huky. The Huky just blows all the others out of the water, Quest aside, in terms of dexterity. Since the Quest is electric I would guess (only a guess- don't blast me Quest owners!) that adjusments may not be quite as snappy as on the Huky, plus the Huky has that agility with a full one pound load. From what little I've read the Quest is also very agile too. The Huky doesn't have that neat bean stirrer/cooler like the Hottop but the cooling is extremely effective- down to cooler than room temp in about 2 minutes or so. The Huky comes with probes and the manufacturer also offers a pretty inexpensive datalogger as an extra. The Huky is made by one person- Kuanho Li, and he is extremely responsive to questions and he ships fast. However- he's overseas so if something ever did need to be repaired you'd have to wait a week or two for the parts to arrive. And if he ever, god forbid, decided to stop making these magnificent roasters, who knows if we'll be able to get replacement parts. I've had my Huky about 6 months now and it's good as new still. Oh yeah- the Huky is not electric so you need to be willing to use a little propane stove. The one Kuanho offers has been outstanding- like I said, one pound roasts as quick or slow as you desire.
thepilgrimsdream Senior Member Joined: 16 Dec 2013 Posts: 50 Location: Philly Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Feb 13, 2014, 11:20am Subject: Re: Buying my first roaster
Man, I think I'm going to wait and save for another month or two for the hulk or quest.
I am getting married in June and not sure where we might be living, so it seems that the quest or hottop are slightly less involved than the hulky, but I have a lot of friends who would buy beans off me(fund experimentation), and get them away from the green mermaid ;) so the hulky seems more practical from a quantity standpoint?
I think I might want to spend 5-10 hours a week roasting
Posted Thu Feb 13, 2014, 12:59pm Subject: Re: Buying my first roaster
A couple thoughts- with more capacity comes more smoke-- something to keep in mind if you plan on moving to an apartment or condo. If you plan on spending that much time roasting then a half pound capacity is ok. Rough estimate is about 45 minutes for a roast. That's for firing up a laptop, weighing the beans, getting a notepad ready, jars labeled, etc., to putting the roasted beans in the cupboard and cleaning up. I like spending just that 45 minutes per week and having a whole pound to enjoy- a half pound doesn't cut it for my usage. If you're willing to spend 5-10 hours then capacity isn't really an issue. That said, man I love having a whole pound roasted. Dialing in shots with only a half pound used to make me antsy. Rough math says 10-15 doubles in a half pound- doesn't go all that far. My rough math is 15% weight loss from roasting equals 193g and if the double shots are 17.5g each that's only 11 shots :(
RandomTask Senior Member Joined: 30 Jan 2013 Posts: 67 Location: Saskatchewan, Canada Expertise: I love coffee
Grinder: Barratza Encore Drip: Behmor Brazen Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Feb 13, 2014, 1:30pm Subject: Re: Buying my first roaster
If you are considering the Huky 500, there is an absolutely fantastic review of it by slickrock over on the H-B forums: Huky 500
Keep in mind the one posted over there is slightly customized, but should give you a good idea of what it can do. Plus there are tons of pictures and measurements (plus roasting temps in part 3) along with some tips and recommendations of suggested add-ons for it.
Posted Sun Feb 16, 2014, 11:35am Subject: Re: Buying my first roaster
I remember doing that open-the-door trick at the critical moments, along with pre-heating the beans- all the usual tricks and I got some pretty good results. Was even able to stretch out the last phase of the roast to 4:30 with decent consistency and without going further than 10-15 seconds into second crack. Then open the door, stand by with vacuum so chaff doesn't go flying all over the place... that was how I first started roasting and it was a blast.
Posted Sun Feb 16, 2014, 12:35pm Subject: Re: Buying my first roaster
My Behmor will be fixed this week (main circuit card went out last week) but I'm seriously considering buying a refurbed base unit for my SR500. I really miss the nice smooth chocolate flavors I used to get out of a Brasil Conquista that I have more of on the way. At least the SR500 would tide me over until I decide which PID to install on my SC/TO and get thru that learning curve. The Behmor will still do for the majority of my roasting for now though I guess.
Sometimes I wonder if finding good coffee was a blessing or a curse!!!!!
Edit- had to stop for a cappa- Definitely a blessing, heck everyone needs a hobby right?
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