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Hearthware Gourmet Roaster - Scott Jensen's Review
Posted: June 29, 2002, 10:05pm
review rating: 6.0
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Hearthware Gourmet Roaster
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Arrow The Hearthware Gourmet Roaster has 13 Reviews
Arrow The Hearthware Gourmet Roaster has been rated 7.78 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Mark Farris 9.33
Glenn R. Holmes 9.00
Jesse Imbach 8.75
Will Hullinger 8.00
Mark Fletcher 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Hearthware Quality: 9
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $129.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Sweet Marias Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: HW Precision
Bottom Line: Great little roaster, my favorite small roaster
Positive Product Points

Very simple to use, just set the timer and it does all the rest.  Nice even roast, collects the chaff in the lid, nice cool down cycle and the beans are very visible.  Looks great too!

Negative Product Points

It is quite noisy, I like to be able to hear the cracks while the beans are roasting and it makes it difficult to hear them.

Detailed Commentary

I like the Gourmets ability to consistently roast coffee the same each time. I generally elevate the front legs a little (1/2") to cause more bean movement, to help make sure the beans all roast evenly.  

It has a mechanical timer on it that I like better than the dial on it's sister machine the Precision.  I feel I am able to set it more accurately and get closer to the desired roast, although rarely do I go thru a roasting cycle with out moving the timer, either for more roasting time or directly into the cooling cycle.

The cap of the Gourmet is Stainless Steel, which I like too; I have dropped it several times!  I have also dropped the lid of my Precision, once- and had to order another!

Sometimes it can be hard to hear the coffee cracking, I just remove the lid when I'm outside- this can also be helpful if it's been awhile since you've cleaned the glass.

Buying Experience

Sweet Maria's is a great place to buy from!  Tons of good coffee roasting information.

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