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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 7:31pm
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I am researching for a small coffee roaster, the ultimate goal is to roast our own blend (s) for small quantity specialty coffee. On a budget if possible. Looking for info on smaller machines that will last long enough for us to decide if we want to upsize and roast larger quantities. Also need info on how reliable a roaster is from one batch to the next...can I set my preferences for a batch, and expect the next roast to be the same with the same green beans? So very new to this idea!
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 8:41pm
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What capacity is "small" to you?
Gas or electric?
Budget?
Portable?
Commercial quantities or learning?

 
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 9:03pm
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oh, I guess that could help...small as in maybe under 20 pound capacity? On a budget, maybe consider used equipment if that is reasonable (dont know the lifespan of any of this equipment yet)...able to set for several roasting types, from a heavy dark roast to a mid range roast, and make the batches consistant...I would prefer electric if possible but gas can happen if it works best and is more economical to run. And somewhat portable would also be good I guess. I am just starting into researching this, and dont know anyone who is actually DOING this although I know of some that are...
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 9:21pm
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My humble advice is to attend an SCAA event and register and participate in the roasting workshops.  
If you do this, you can learn quite a bit about the roast process and about roasting machines in a short period.  

With no experience you are just shooting in the dark, so some training of some sort is probably a good idea...

 
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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:54pm
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SCAA Annual Exposition in Boston, MA----April 10-11, 2013

Also May 4, Saturday is CoffeeCon 2013 in Warrenville, Illinois---also know as The Consumer Coffee Event
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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 2:36pm
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I am just not able to go to events, so have to research online...
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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 2:45pm
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StrongBrew.....  that's what I wondered.  Boy, would I LUV to go to one of those events myself but just can't.

Good luck with your research and into roasting.  Thank goodness for this forum and home roasters here.
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Posted Mon Apr 1, 2013, 8:45am
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strongbrew Said:

oh, I guess that could help...small as in maybe under 20 pound capacity? On a budget, maybe consider used equipment if that is reasonable (dont know the lifespan of any of this equipment yet)...able to set for several roasting types, from a heavy dark roast to a mid range roast, and make the batches consistant...I would prefer electric if possible but gas can happen if it works best and is more economical to run. And somewhat portable would also be good I guess. I am just starting into researching this, and dont know anyone who is actually DOING this although I know of some that are...

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I spent close to a year researching before I purchased a Diedrich 1kg roaster. I had been roasting for almost 4 years before I got the Diedrich. Buying used, like anything else, it is important to know the history of the equipment, a quality commercial roaster can have a very long life properly maintained. Once you start talking automated roasting and getting consistent results the price goes way up, as in as much as the roaster itself. Automated roasters still require someone to program the profiles for different beans and can still need tweeking to get the best results. A roaster that does 20lbs is a very large roaster, hundreds of pounds, still portable on a trailer.

There is a 1 and 2 pound air roaster, Sonofresco http://www.sonofresco.com/ , that is light, medium, and dark setting ( plug and play) and rumor has it they are coming out with a system that can be fully manual. Enough google searches and you can find plenty of user imput from these machines, seems like a love hate thing about these roasters.
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Posted Mon Apr 1, 2013, 11:10am
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strongbrew Said:

oh, I guess that could help...small as in maybe under 20 pound capacity?...

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"Small," is, indeed, a very relative thing, no?
It is a shame that you can't make it to Boston. There will be a few roaster manufacturers there with roasters on the floor to be seen and touched, as well as a number of educational opportunities with hands-on experience with roasting in larger roasters.

 
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