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dancinggoatguy
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Posted Fri May 23, 2014, 11:56am
Subject: Artisan V (and Artisan 6) Roaster from Coffee Crafters
 

Hi all, just wanted to open up another topic on this roaster as i own the Artisan V and enjoy it. I run a small roasting company in central BC, Canada. I get frequent questions about it because it is hot air vs drum and they are relatively new on the market.
I personally quite like this roaster and wish i had the Artisan 6 which is now available. Almost any of the hiccups or short comings of the V were worked out in the 6.
some of the features that people were not crazy about were:
- cooling tray design
- non-variable heat settings
- lack of profile control (due to the above)

These are now all taken care of in the Artisan 6.
I am not going to put a bunch of specs in this initial post as all of that info is readily available from the coffee crafters website.
Please feel free to ask questions and post any experience with this machine if you have bought one.
I apologize to those who feel this is too "commercial" to post but the truth is,websites like coffeegeek and others with the same idea are extremely helpful to the small business owners like myself. The intent is to share information about this product and have some discussion over its pro's and con's.
I purchased mine in December of 2013 and it has helped me grow my little roasting company and we really have had great success with it over all.

Cheers
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sobecreation
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Posted Thu May 29, 2014, 7:06am
Subject: Re: Artisan V (and Artisan 6) Roaster from Coffee Crafters
 

Thanks for opening this thread up for questions! This is exactly what I was hoping to find here at CoffeeGeek (and I created an account on here just for this thread!).

I'm new to roasting, but I've been doing quite a bit of research over the past year or so, and I love the concept of fluid bed roasting. One of my favorite roasters is The Roasterie in Kansas City, and they use an air roasting technique, and I love the lightness of the coffee it produces. My understanding is that they use a Sivetz - how would you say the Artisan V/6 compares with a Sivetz?

Also, have you had any issues with the durability of your Artisan? One of the things that has me a little bit cautious about Coffee Crafters is that they're so new, and they seem like a really small company, so I would hate to get myself into a situation where the roaster breaks and support is non-existant or slow to respond.

Thanks!
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dancinggoatguy
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Posted Thu May 29, 2014, 9:05am
Subject: Re: Artisan V (and Artisan 6) Roaster from Coffee Crafters
 

Firstly, I will address your concern over it being a smaller company and the durability factor.
I have not had the machine long enough to speak to the durability, however, it is well built. Because of the nature of the operations of it, there is very little wear on moving parts. The blower and the elements are the only pieces that could really wear out. It is light but sturdy and i am happy with its solid feel. That said, it is not an overly heavy machine which is a bonus. My first roaster was about 250 lbs and could roast less than half the beans!
As for the company and there service, i can't say enough good things. They were extremely helpful when i was ordering and even paid for some of the shipping cost as there was a mix up and they took it upon themselves to help out with that. Service wise, i have done 2 "upgrades" to the machine, both times i spoke directly with the owner and he walked me through the process. They are very open to feedback and are looking to create the best in their class. I am currently in communication with the owner as i am looking to do an upgrade on my machine to bring it more into step with the Artisan 6.
So in short, support is amazing and they are very quick to get back to you.

As a comparison to a Sivetz, i couldn't tell you as i have never roasted with one. I have seen a few posts around the net with people comparing it to a Sivetz but i didn't  pay much attention as I have no experience with one.
The bottom line is that in its price class, the volume and accuracy that you CAN roast to is unbeatable. I am a true Artisan in that i enjoy having few monitors on the process and i rely on my senses to produce a consistent product.
The new Artisan 6 has even more control which i think is a nice feature and i am looking forward to my upgrade!
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sobecreation
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Posted Thu May 29, 2014, 9:15am
Subject: Re: Artisan V (and Artisan 6) Roaster from Coffee Crafters
 

Thanks for the information - it's really helpful as I'm trying to decide what kind of roaster to buy.

Do you do any kind of logging of your roasts (for profiling, etc.)? I'm wondering if there's an easy way to integrate a digital profiling system, or if I'd need to log everything manually. Certainly not a deal-breaker either way - I'm just curious. :)
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Posted Wed Jun 25, 2014, 6:55am
Subject: Re: Artisan V (and Artisan 6) Roaster from Coffee Crafters
 

Our Artisan 6 recently arrived! We purchased ours with upgrades to accomodate 8 lb batches.. Electrician is coming Monday to get us wired up! I am stoked! Quality seems really nice for the price (we also considered the 8 lb Sivetz for $7k+ as they are still manufacturing them near where I live).. will definitely update when I can!
And also, if I can answer any questions I am happy to as well!

Gabe
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sobecreation
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Posted Wed Jun 25, 2014, 7:06am
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I'm excited to hear your thoughts on the Artisan 6.

In the meantime, though, what company is still manufacturing the Sivetz? I spent a lot of time trying to find anyone that still made them, but I couldn't come up with anything - they seem like great roasters!
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Posted Wed Jun 25, 2014, 7:16am
Subject: Re: Artisan V (and Artisan 6) Roaster from Coffee Crafters
 

There is a machine shop near Corvallis, Oregon. A former Sivetz employee is now building the roasters. We service his shop with one of our sales businesses. I will see if I can get you specifics today!
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Posted Wed Jun 25, 2014, 7:17am
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That would be sweet - thanks!
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Posted Wed Jun 25, 2014, 7:27am
Subject: Re: Artisan V (and Artisan 6) Roaster from Coffee Crafters
 

Okay, the company still making the Sivetz roasters is Central Valley heating and sheetmetal. You can contact them at (541)-757-0058.
I'm not sure if they manufacture the entire line or not..
Gabe
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Posted Wed Jun 25, 2014, 7:30am
Subject: Re: Artisan V (and Artisan 6) Roaster from Coffee Crafters
 

Thanks!

And do let me know what you think of your Artisan 6 after you've run a few batches. :)
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