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Hearthware I-Roast - Liz Howe's Review
Posted: March 10, 2005, 4:21pm
review rating: 1.0
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Hearthware I-Roast
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Arrow The Hearthware I-Roast has 29 Reviews
Arrow The Hearthware I-Roast has been rated 6.03 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since December 24, 2004.
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Christopher Keene 8.67
Leland Goertz 8.50
Bob J 8.33
Mike Ferro 8.00
Alan Hurvitz 7.84

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 1.8
Manufacturer: Hearthware Quality: 3
Average Price: $170.00 Usability: 3
Price Paid: $170.00 Cost vs. Value 0
Where Bought: amazon Aesthetics 0
Owned for: 2 months Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: fresh roast
Bottom Line: Buyer beware!
Positive Product Points

The only thing positive is that it sounds great.

Negative Product Points

Can't hear the phone ringing 8 ft. away
Unpredictable
Undependable
Not backed by manufacturer

Detailed Commentary

The first one they sent me caught fire. The second one is very unpredictable over or under roasting. The chaff container clogs with higher chaff coffees. Works best on decafs. Obviously you can't stop the roast in mid stream to empty the chaff  therefore it means loosening the top so the air begins to circulate the coffee again. Meanwhile of course the bottom beans are scorching. Once the chaff blows all over the kitchen the roast continues with half the beans over or underroasted. It's unpredictability in roast temps and performance I was told the fault of our electric company. The purchase of a voltage regulator for the outlet at $150 will make it operate perfectly. If I wanted to blow over $300 on coffee roasting I would have bought an Alpinerost. I personally think a product should function under normal and expected conditions not ideal conditions. The storefront at Amazon is not interested in taking it back. So far it's burned half a pound of Kona among others. Buyer beware!

Buying Experience

Amazon storefront won't take it back.

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