PeterX Senior Member Joined: 14 Feb 2009 Posts: 1 Location: Wakefield QC Canada Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat Feb 14, 2009, 9:01pm Subject: Table Top Roaster
I am looking for reviews of this roaster: >http://www.cafecoffees.com/microtostacafferoaster.html
I currently use a Hottop and although I've learned to work the thing, I need a bigger one to increase my "production". My friends and family have taken a liking to my roasts and I can't keep up with my current roaster.
Posted Sat Feb 14, 2009, 9:27pm Subject: Re: Table Top Roaster
I don't see anywhere that you can adjust temperature during the roast ( all the Roast By Wire stuff and what have you all says monitoring/charting, not profiling ) so it is essentially the same as a barbecue drum.
If you don't care about roast profiles then I suppose it'd be fine but for a fraction of the price I'd just buy a BBQ and a drum for it.
That said if you're willing to mod it it might be worthwhile
Scott1106 Senior Member Joined: 8 Apr 2008 Posts: 21 Location: Northville, MI Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Miss Silvia Grinder: Macap M4, Solis Maestro Drip: Chemex Roaster: Behmor, WB PII
Posted Sun Feb 15, 2009, 10:23am Subject: Re: Table Top Roaster
Wow...I'd kill for a 5lb roaster. Although I didn't find anything about a cooling cycle, and at ~6 minutes its pushing 400 degrees and to 500 in 14 or so. That seems real hot real fast. I don't have enough experience to know if that's optimal for flavors to develop. As a comparison, my Behmor takes around 20 minutes to get to the 450 ballpark (on the 1lb setting).
Rancilio Senior Member Joined: 12 Dec 2008 Posts: 422 Location: New Jersey Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Giotto Premium Grinder: Mazzer Mini Roaster: Back to Basics Popcorn...
Posted Sun Feb 15, 2009, 10:38am Subject: Re: Table Top Roaster
I have been roasting 2lbs of coffee beans on a popper over a gas stove for quite a while now, and I find it super easy and fun. It takes about 20min for a full city roast, I just have to watch the roasting process toward the last 7 min. Last week I tried to roast 2,5 pounds and eventhough I had a little trouble turning the crank, the roast came out fantastically good and even. I think I'll stick with 2 pounds at a time though. Mr.T
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