I am new roaster. FIRST roast was great! Don't listen to people who say this is hard, IT ISN'T. 2nd Great also!
Positive Product Points
Roasted very good the first time I tried it. I got a dark French in 13 minutes. I don't see all the fuss, this was easy. I just hope it holds up. I have no reason to believe it won't other than some other reviews. It is very, very easy, especially with the glass lid.
Negative Product Points
None yet, other than its not as pretty as my LaPavoni copper & brass espresso machine.
I don't see what all the fuss is about. I almost didn't try roasting after reading all of the reviews. I decided to try it anyway, & tonight made the first batch. As advised, I weighed out 5 oz & watched through the glass lid. I first dialed in 10 min, but had to add 3 more to get the dark roast I wanted. Since you can see it through the lid, it is not so hard to know how long. I could hear the first crack, but couldn't tell a second, but like I said, this report is after one try! Don't be discouraged, try this. It is much more economical, & allows one to try an almost infinate variety. I bought an eight pack sampler from Burman coffee. They shipped VERY fast. I am glad I took the advice & got this instead of the Alpenrost (which I might buy in the future) because seeing the coffee roast is the ONLY way I could tell how much to roast. I guess later I will be able to tell by smell (I hope). There was not a lot of smoke, and the amount of coffee after the roast is OK for a few days worth for me (I live alone way back in the woods in a cabin). I'll report after 3 mos & one year, BUT, please don't listen to people say how hard it is, IT ISN'T. Maybe to make a cup for the severe afficionado might be, but you can make a cup better than any you can buy from Starbuck's or whoever. I am just coming back to add to the review that second batch was also great. I used Burman's Ethiopian decaf, (its now 11:40pm on 1st day of new roaster) & its the best decaf I've ever had. ROAST YOUR OWN!!!
Burman had VERY good price, and shipped same day. I got the machine & 5 lb beans in 3 days UPS.