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Henrythewound
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Location: Tucson, AZ
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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 9:37am
Subject: Want to buy coffee roaster
 

I have owned an iRoast (1 and two 2's) and am currently using a Freshroast 500. I am looking for a higher volume roaster. I seem to be out of air roaster options. I like the lighter roasts so I'm not sure a drum roaster is ideal but I have no experience using those.

If you have a roaster that you aren't using that can roast at least 1/2 pound at a time let me know. If you have recommendations for a good roaster that's a step up from the iRoast and Freshroast that I've been using I'm interested in advice as well.

I don't have a specific price range but I'm not out to spend $1000 on a Hottop. I am also considering a DIY roaster build.

Thanks,
Joe

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Asking / Suggested Price: 250
Seller Name: Joe Cook
Seller Location: Tucson, AZ
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deadkenny64
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Espresso: Breville BES840XL
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Roaster: Poppery II
Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 3:58pm
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I would think the Behmor 1600 would definitely be a step up from the FreshRoast.  It can do up to 1# at a time. There are programs for it so once you get it dialed in, you can still roast light if desired. The Gene Cafe has a 1/2# capacity if you are set on air roasters and it is half the price of a Hottop.
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Henrythewound
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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 4:02pm
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Thanks, I was thinking about just getting a Behmor and learning how to use it. My only real concern is spending $300 on a roaster that is not well-suited for light roasts (bright, fruity coffees) which is something I'm into right now. There are really no other air roasters out there (aside from popcorn poppers and other low volume machines) beyond the iRoast and FreshRoast as far as I am aware. The Behmor might be the most obvious thing to try next, I'm not sure I want to risk a DIY build just yet.
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CoffeeRon
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Espresso: Wega Lyra, Europiccola(still...
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Vac Pot: Sunbeam CoffeeMaster
Drip: Melita BCM-4
Roaster: FR SR500,B-1600, SC/TO
Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 4:38pm
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Have you considered putting together an SC/TO? They do a super job, can roast up to a pound, and aren't terribly difficult or expensive to put together.
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Posted Wed Jun 12, 2013, 4:34am
Subject: Re: Want to buy coffee roaster
 

Henrythewound Said:

Thanks, I was thinking about just getting a Behmor and learning how to use it. My only real concern is spending $300 on a roaster that is not well-suited for light roasts (bright, fruity coffees) which is something I'm into right now.

Posted June 11, 2013 link

Where have you read that the Behmor is not suited to light roasts? I've owned one for nearly six months and all I do on it is very consistent light roasts. Are you referring to the difference between drum and air roasters? I can only compare my Behmor to air popped roasts because that's my only experience, but I get just as much fruit and acidity from my Behmor, and it's more consistent. It just has to be used properly, and there are many forums that detail various methods to get the best out of the machine. You certainly can't beat it's price and capacity.
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Henrythewound
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Posted Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:50pm
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I guess I got that idea from the sweet marias description here. I may just pick one of those up although the Stir Crazy contraption looks interesting, I had not heard of that one before.

Thanks for the tips all,
~Joe
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jsanson
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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:42pm
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Spend the extra money and go with the Quest M3. It is an easier transition to bigger drum roasters. I looked at multiple roasters and this was the best option for now and the future.
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CoffeeRon
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Espresso: Wega Lyra, Europiccola(still...
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Drip: Melita BCM-4
Roaster: FR SR500,B-1600, SC/TO
Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 3:11pm
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Here's a link to a site that will provide you with all the info you could want on putting together an SC/TO roaster.

http://turbocrazy.atspace.com/index.htm

I used an aluminum spacer as he did, some people use springform cake pan rounds. I used a thicker piece of aluminum than him, it was a pain to bend but keeps its shape without any screws.
I found a standard 1/4" wingnut was a perfect fit for my Stircrazy shaft.
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Henrythewound
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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 3:12pm
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One of my goals is not not have to roast every day, sounds like that M3 can roast 200g max, more like 120g being the ideal load. It sure looks nice but for that much $$ I'd want more capacity.

Thx for the suggestion though
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