This is one of the few items on this list that I have not yet been able to test. But the Behmor 1600 roaster is a huge favourite with the folks who participate in our home roasting forums, and that is reason enough to include it in the holiday gift list. (apologies for the lack of photo - we couldn't find a suitable one to use)
Quoting from our chosen vendor, "This roaster makes perfect sense for those who want to roast their own coffee once a week, or those who roast coffee for the office, for family, or for gift-giving. It has pre-programmed roast times, heat curves, and an automatic cooling cycle."
The smoke removal system keeps the smoke out of your roasting but the aroma of fresh roasted coffee is still strong in your roasting area. The unit will set off most smoke detectors so keep that in mind.
The Behmor can roast up to a pound of coffee at a time, and has five preprogrammed "profiles", but you can also adjust and control the roasting profile on the fly. It's a nice, quiet roaster with legions of fans. It does have some quirks, but Sweet Marias has you covered in that aspect - read their guide to the roaster.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.