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Posted Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:00am
Subject: Oh Hottop, are you the ONE? by Nathan Slabaugh
 

Oh Hottop, are you the ONE?
by Nathan Slabaugh

In his debut article, Nathan Slabaugh talks about bringing great coffee to the circus maximu...masses, and how he managed to do it with a consumer coffee roaster.
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Posted Fri Feb 24, 2012, 7:31pm
Subject: Re: Oh Hottop, are you the ONE? by Nathan Slabaugh
 

Nice article. I agree that the Hottop is a good roaster right out of the box but with a few mods it can be a damn good roaster. HT did update the ejection assembly a year or more ago. I put the new assembly in my B & haven't had any issues with stuck beans or greens falling out since. Replace the stock rear filter assy with a stainless computer filter screen & you will get much better air flow along with much longer cleaning intervals.

 
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Posted Sat Feb 25, 2012, 6:34am
Subject: Re: Oh Hottop, are you the ONE? by Nathan Slabaugh
 

Great article! I've had my Hottop for almost two months and on my 6th pound I coffee. I roast one or two times a week and have been enjoying fantastic coffee since day one. It's solidly built, quiet, and I have found it extremely approachable to someone new to roasting. The new K-type probe in the rear of the machine is really consistent roast to roast and makes it a cinche to roast to the same level time and time again. I couldn't b happier and really enjoyed reading about your unique experiences with the Hottop!
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Posted Sat Feb 25, 2012, 8:49pm
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Thanks Nathan - enjoyed it very much! We havent started up ours in few years but it's nice to hear of your adventures with it!
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Posted Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:13am
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The thing that put me off the hottop is the difficulty venting it outside.  I don't want to have to go outside to roast.
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Posted Mon Feb 27, 2012, 5:11am
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rmongiovi Said:

The thing that put me off the hottop is the difficulty venting it outside.  I don't want to have to go outside to roast.

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FWIW I had the same concern issue, but have been happily roasting on the Hottop in my kitchen for 2 months. I bought a cheap window fan and roast in front of it. The fan really sucks out all smoke and any residual smell doesn't hang around for more than 30 minutes. Most of the smell comes from the machine anyways, so when I put it back in my pantry, the smell goes away quickly. Most importantly, my wife has not had one bad thing to say about smell or smoke. She was actually impressed by how well the window fan has worked. It definitely would depend on the kitchen but this has worked well for me!
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Posted Wed Mar 28, 2012, 2:12pm
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The writing style was as entertaining as the column was informative. Well done, sir!
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Posted Thu Mar 29, 2012, 12:43am
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Thank you Nathan i really enjoyed
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