young_barista Senior Member Joined: 1 Sep 2009 Posts: 78 Location: UK Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: La Marzocco Linea AV3, La... Grinder: Timerfied Anfim Lusso, 50's... Vac Pot: Aeropress (if it counts) Drip: Hario V60, Chemex Roaster: Wok ;), hopefully a Hottop...
Posted Sat Jun 26, 2010, 12:18pm Subject: Behmor or Hottop?
I've recently got into home roasting, and I really want to get into a proper drum roaster. I'm quite a newbie to the process, and I'm wondering if it is worth paying three times as much for the LCD display version of the Hottop in comparison to the Behmor 1600... I know the Hottop has 2x the capacity, but is it really THAT better?
Posted Sat Jun 26, 2010, 12:46pm Subject: Re: Behmor or Hottop?
Hello, I have never used a Hottop roaster, but people who have them seem to like them. I own a Behmor and find it to be a very good roaster. The Behmor has 2x the capacity as the Hottop. The Behmor will roast a pound of coffee. This roaster is very easy to use, I get good consistent roasts always. Very good customer support from Behmor. Good luck with what ever you choose.
yakster Senior Member Joined: 25 Feb 2009 Posts: 1,043 Location: San Jose, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Factory / La Peppina... Grinder: Vario / Kyocera Vac Pot: Yama 8 + Pyrex Lox-in Rod Drip: Brazen / Kalita / Chemex /... Roaster: Behmor
Posted Sat Jun 26, 2010, 12:56pm Subject: Re: Behmor or Hottop?
I recommend you review the Hottop Vs. Behmor thread that already has quite a bit of feedback on this common decision.
There's no wrong decision, but you need to figure out how much real-time control and involvement you want in the roast and how interested you are in coffee roasting as an art versus the end product, and also how much roasting smoke will impact your decision, and, of course, what you can afford to spend and would you rather spend money on a better grinder or new coffee toy or invest in a roaster.
benm5678 Senior Member Joined: 4 Aug 2008 Posts: 109 Location: earth Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Sun Jun 27, 2010, 7:04pm Subject: Re: Behmor or Hottop?
i started with behmor, and moved to hottop (less capacity!)... they sit side by side, behmor never used.
before i bought it i was worried about too much smoke, since i roast indoors (i do have a cathedral ceiling type house, so it sits in that open area in the downstairs coffee table). behmor wasn't bad, just a trickle of smoke near end of roast... though it would set off upstairs smoke detector for a long time! i had to get used to taking out the battery before roasting. the hottop, sitting 2 inches from it, never sets off the detector. it does have a bit more smoke escape during roasting, but it's really not bad... and actually smells pleasant.
it's about the control the hottop "B" give u...
u can adjust the temp/airflow at any point, and eject at the exact right time to cool quickly.
hottop can be easily modded with a bean probe, (even with a cheap thermometer can probably get decent results)... so it can assist u in nailing consistent results, and therefore learning how different changes to the roast profile affect the final product.
In fact i love it so much, i can't wait for the Quest M3 to be sold here in US... it's manual controls make it so u're even more in charge of what's going on, without some pre-programmed logic causing mistakes.
It's $200 less ($720 vs. $920 last time I checked). And agreed that when it comes to those serious about getting the very, most from their coffee, and having the best control to do so, the "B" is, indeed, superior.
steamer Senior Member Joined: 11 Feb 2005 Posts: 900 Location: socal Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Expobar Brewtus IV R Grinder: Mazzer Mini-B Baratza... Vac Pot: Krubs Moka Brew, vacPot Drip: TechV, and many more Roaster: Hottop
Posted Mon Jun 28, 2010, 8:56am Subject: Re: Behmor or Hottop?
I have used both and own both units, I had a HT first then sold it got a Behmor for the larger bean usage, It took some time to use and get things sorted out, learn a alot with the Behmor, as I progressed I saw my bean weight for a batch go from 16oz to 6-8 oz to get it where I like it, so I got the Hottop and compare the two for my usage, at this point both use 8oz of green beans so figure even on that topic, next is bean control both have their pro and cons, but over all I like doing the back to back in the Behmor, where as there is a wait with the HT, but I'm liking the flavor I'm getting from the HT and I seem close to what I want. I have struggled with the 1st to 2nd crack time and sound, but again learning this all over again. So if you can aford the Hottop I really like it, if you can not, then the Behmor is the nest unit I can recomend that I have used.
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