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Hottop Roaster - Jon Radoff's Review
Posted: February 27, 2004, 10:50am
review rating: 3.7
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Arrow The Hottop Roaster has 27 Reviews
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Sam Decock 9.50
Bruce G 9.00
Aaron Tubbs 8.54
Doug Jamieson 8.50
Darshan-Josiah Barber 8.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.6
Manufacturer: Chang Yue Quality: 4
Average Price: $550.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $590.00 Cost vs. Value 0
Where Bought: Sweet Marias Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 week Overall 1
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Dangerous fire-hazard, avoid!
Positive Product Points

It looks nice, works quietly and has deceptively solid construction.

Negative Product Points

Unreliable--mine burst into flames on the second use, at only temperature setting 2.

Detailed Commentary

When I first set up the Hottop, I was impressed.  After owning a lowend roaster (which failed after about a year) I really liked the construction, finish and mechanics of this unit.  On the first use, I was pleased that it operated so quietly.  It made more smoke than I expected, and my oven hood was barely capable of keeping up.  The beans, at temperature setting 4 (which is halfway) came out to a full-city roast, which was more than I expected.

On my second use of the unit, I tried temperature setting 2.  I noticed again (through the viewing console) that it was coming out a lot darker than expected again.  As the beans started emptying into the tray, they BURST INTO FLAMES!

I conclude from this that the temperature regulator on my unit was defective.  They simply haven't engineered adequate reliability or safety into this unit.  I suggest avoiding it at all costs, as sooner or later someone is going to set their house on fire...I love a good cup of coffee, but not that much!  If you do purchase one of these, make sure you stand next to it with a fire extinguisher at all times, and I'd shut it down at the soonest sign that it is roasting more than you might have expected.

Buying Experience

I purchased from Sweet Marias.  I am shipping back the melted unit to them and expecting a refund.  It's too soon to tell if this will present any issues.

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